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Posted on 5 Jan 2012 20:05:13 GMT
Just wanted to be the 200th poster. There!

Now you guys go ahead.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 20:08:09 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
beat me to it! Another 99 and I'm there!
Tollesbury Time Forever

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 20:30:47 GMT
You won't reach the 200 again. haha. I'll gladly leave you the 300, though.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 20:32:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2012 20:33:11 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
Tollesbury Time Forever

Why thank you, Stella!!

PS I think you should get my book now just to assuage my disappointment! ; )

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 23:36:56 GMT
carocaro says:
You got it sunshine its in your inbox! ;-)

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 23:42:50 GMT
Whatever you had, carocaro, I want some, too and then some. hahaha.

Good night. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 15:55:31 GMT
Monica, just a tad inflammatory, that one.

I read a Goodreads thread, presumably that's the one you're referring to. I've read quite a few works by quite a few of those writers. I'd give most of them four or five stars. They are definitely as well thought out and written as anything I've read from a major publishing house, in some cases better. I should also point out that many of them are not vanity published, merely published by small presses who expect authors to help with their own marketing. You know, like the guys who first published Terry Pratchett.

So... does that mean I'm not allowed to recommend a book unless it's published by one of the handful of big ones? Just asking.

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 16:06:20 GMT
Sou'wester, Garsgadden and co re publishing.

I absolutely agree that the biggies are creaming off the bigger e-book sellers and as there is now a middle layer of 'consultants' who promise to get writers in with an agent, it's probably a good thing if the middle feels the squeeze.

As for variety, the bigger you get as a company the larger the profit you have to make to break even. Most of these books probably have to make a profit of about 30% before they are considered out of the red. That's a big ask from an unknown author, even with 100 grand's worth of marketing behind them.

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 17:09:58 GMT
Garscadden says:
If that was the discussion, then whether it is inflammatory or not is irrelevant.

And if those authors did that, then yes - they are, IMO, wrong.

I think the whole rating thing is weird. For me three * is what I expect a book to be - well write , well plotted, an enjoyable read. Four * should be fantastic. Five * - well, a handful of outrageously good books. I suspect your scale and mine are just fundamentally different.

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 17:30:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2012 17:31:53 GMT
Yeh, I'm probably like the wine bloke Robert Parker who marks wines out of 100 but since he seldom goes below 80 he actually marks them out of 20. If you see what I mean.

I don't think I'm that far off your rating scale to be honest. I give 3 stars for something I think is good, 4 for something I think is truly excellent and 5 for something that blows me away.

However,the BIG difference may be that I don't get time to read much so I choose my books very, very carefully. At the moment I have a to read pile of about 30 and I suspect there are another 10 which will get 5, 15 or so which will get 4 and 5 or so which will get 3.

I also have to confess that a lot of books other people rave about, the kind of stuff that wins Man Booker prizes for example, tends not to float my boat. I am distinctly un-highbrow, although that said, I don't really enjoy thrillers, I loathe John Grisham... I am quite a curmudgeon really.

I like humour, wit and intelligence best; Adams, Pratchett, Wodehouse, Wilde, Rankin, Fforde although I also enjoyed quite a bit of Tolkein, H E Bates, C S Lewis, Shute, Orczy (which is ripping stuff even if the writing can be a bit dodgy)...

Anything that gets less than 3 stars I will probably discard before I finish which is why I never end up reviewing it...

Cheers

MTM

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 17:51:07 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
Well I have just had my novel published on Kindle and am awaiting the first review. To be honest, I think it's great that people have a chance to give their views, be they good, bad or indifferent. Just because you have written a book, it doesn't mean that your view of your work is more valid than anyone elses. Give me honesty over fluff any day! And I agree with you about the Man Booker prize!

What is a review but confirmation you have moved someone enough by your work to put finger to keyboard? And that's success in itself - even if they hated it!!

Tollesbury Time Forever

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 21:06:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2012 21:07:38 GMT
Stuart, Spot on.

I think half of what's 'wrong' with publishing at the moment is there is a large group within the industry who are a long way up their own arses. Although it's clear from the way we are treated that many authors are pompous, self aggrandising and annoying.

Ah well.

Good luck with your book Simon, it looks interesting.

Cheers

MTM

OH and PS, don't link to your book outside the Meet Our Authors forum. They will drag you out and kill you.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 21:08:37 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
Seems that way! Thank you MTM - 25 sales in the first 48 hours is certainly encouraging! Didn't realise my family was that big!!!

Cheers!

Stu

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 21:26:03 GMT
Nice job, I got 25 in my first month!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 21:28:19 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
I have no idea what to expect - just the thought of 26 people reading my strange old book is enough to keep me smiling!!

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 22:06:36 GMT
I bought it. The Beatles are involved. That was enough for me.

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 22:08:10 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
Thank you so much!! I hope it Please, Please, Pleases you!!

Stu

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 22:21:50 GMT
phnark. I can't think of a thing to say to that. Probably becasue McOther has the TV switched to archive top of the pops and Legs and Co dance to David Soul is rotting my brain. Boy the 70s were a taste desert weren't they?

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 22:28:18 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
I used to think so but then you did have Tom Waits, Fairport Convention, Bruce Springsteen and All The Presidents Men!

Stu

Posted on 6 Jan 2012 23:36:50 GMT
AND the Stranglers. Nuff said.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2012 23:44:56 GMT
Stuart Ayris says:
and The Clash!

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 10:14:15 GMT
Oh YES!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2012 20:59:10 GMT
monica says:
Since posting that, I've noticed several mentions of books on these threads that are almost certainly plugs and mentions of one in particular that certainly is, given that those last have appeared on wildly disparate threads.

Of course I didn't mean that you're not allowed, as I suspect you know very well. For the most part, though, I'd probably pay no heed to those recommendations, just as I pay no heed to recommdationsmass-market books from mainstream publishers. It's only what seems to me the, if not dishonesty then inauthenticity of the pat-my-back ploy, that I dislike. As I said, a recommendation made in self-interest, whether direct or less direct, lacks credibility and, besides, is simply going to lead to further erosion of belief in posts re vanity publications.

Sorry for garbling. I've really got to sort this insertion-deletion thing out . . .

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 17:37:52 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 19:27:27 GMT
I Readalot says:
Not supposed to promote your book here but in the MOA forum announced in the OP.
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