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Initial post: 3 Jun 2011, 20:44:14 BST
Jed Fisher says:
It may seem silly but I'd really like to have more sales from the UK Kindle store. Maybe because I grew up in Ohio, down the river from Portsmouth, in the town of Manchester, not far from Aberdeen. (and the list goes on) It's painfully obvious the towns were first settled by immigrants from England. Sure, the higher taxes in the UK come out of my end of the sale, meaning I get 30% commision instead of 70% for US sales. But anyway, I'd like it very much if more people in the UK enjoyed my writing. Thank you all for your consideration.
River Rats and Other Stories
War for Profit

Posted on 3 Jun 2011, 21:25:21 BST
monica says:
I must say that I've never been tempted to read, let alone to buy, a book because someone shouted 'hey, buy my book!' and then went on to claim a remote connection with the place I live before mentioning his financial complaints. Not that anyone has done that before now; I'm judging a might-have-been past on the basis of present advertisement. I hope that last bit doesn't inspire a kindle science fiction story which in turn will be advertised here. . .

(Don't live in England but did pass a couple of seasons in Ohio. Cambridge, Ohio, in fact.)

Posted on 3 Jun 2011, 21:32:40 BST
monica says:
Sorry, that was meant to be admonitory rather than harsh. But there seem to be two sorts of Yank advertisers on this site: one goes heartless hard-sell and the other, which you seem to be, seems to think that childish enthusiasm is recommendation enough for what is being advertised.

Don't want your book but still, fond memories of Cambridge OH: It's the only place I've heard 'she' pronounced with 3 syllables.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2011, 22:15:13 BST
Anita says:
Monica, about the places: it seems you live in one of the most beautiful places I've ever happened to visit (yes, I had a quick look at your profile).
It's not that I'm trying to sell you my book, lol

Posted on 4 Jun 2011, 21:45:02 BST
Bill M says:
Well, your reference to Aberdonians being from England has just alienated practically everybody born in Scotland, so it's good to see you researched your audience well. I'll assume that this reflects your general standards and won't bother even looking at your poorly punted titles.

Posted on 4 Jun 2011, 22:00:06 BST
Jacqueline says:
and the reference to Aberdonians being from England just about alienated practically everyone born in England! (LOL .. sorry Bill, couldn't resist!). Clearly the OP (author type person) hasn't bothered to research anyone. I'm another person who won't bother even sampling.

Posted on 5 Jun 2011, 03:05:46 BST
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Posted on 10 Jun 2011, 23:57:25 BST
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2011, 00:03:29 BST
M. White says:
No, can't figure out how to say 'she' with 3 syllables. Intrigued
Must just have my twopennoth on this. Anyone publishing from the US should think themselves lucky to have the range of publishing platforms (B&N, Ipad etc) that are only accessible with a US bank account. We are still playing catchup here and, with respect to our US counterparts, hats off to all UK self-publishers slogging away with one hand tied behind their backs.

Posted on 11 Jun 2011, 02:50:35 BST
Jed Fisher says:
Well I'm very happy to announce, I've now had one sale of War for Profit in the UK kindle store. No way to tell if the buyer was actually in England; close enough, I suppose. Regardless, I hope the reader enjoys it very much. And thank you all, Galway Girl especially, for your light-hearted feedback in this matter.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2011, 04:58:43 BST
M. White says:
Well done on getting a foothold on Amazon UK, hope it does well :) Personally I'd be plugging my books on Amazon US like a good'un if we in the UK could post there. My gripe is we have a pretty lopsided playing field here. Heck, even Waterstones (our major book retailer) require you to get a distributor before they will deal with you EVEN IF YOUR BOOK IS ALREADY ON THEIR WEBSITE! Figure that one out.

Posted on 11 Jun 2011, 06:45:37 BST
Jed Fisher says:
M. White, there is a way to plug away on the US forums. On the bookshelf, to the right of the book, slect the "view in US store" and then along the top, pick "discussions." (or is it "discussions". in the UK?) That brings up the discussions in the US. However, self-promotion has been cordoned-off to the "Meet the Authors" forum.

And just a side note, funny story about how Aberdeen, Ohio got its name. Originally there was a river crossing ferry there, later replaced by a bridge, and so many Scotts, Scotts-Irish and Irish-named people were able to settle there from Kentucky, the settlement was nick-named Aberdeen long before it became a town.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2011, 07:55:38 BST
M. White says:
Cheers for this Jed, the problem is I think you need to have bought from Amazon.com to participate, and I'm not sure you can from here. I will look into it, thanks again

Posted on 8 Jul 2011, 22:43:35 BST
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2011, 22:44:11 BST
Jed Fisher says:
Well, I have released a second novel in the series, Lord Master Governor General: War for Profit Part Two, and as of now seven people in the UK have enjoyed First Enlistment: War for Profit Part One, the first part of the series.

Enjoy!
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