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philcyberia

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Re: PLEASE SUPPORT...AND ADVISE
Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:12 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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Come on guys...23 reads and not one response...if we don't support each other as indie authors what hope do we have of readers supporting us...!x
michaelkwhite

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Re: PLEASE SUPPORT...AND ADVISE
Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:33 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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I am afraid that I am awful at blurbs myself, but having read the description I would say that you need to trim the second paragraph - perhaps include less detail. That's the best I can give you, I'm afraid. I will however say that I rarely read the genre I have downloaded and will review when done.

The "see inside" feature had me hooked pretty much straight away! The cover too is absolutely superb!
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Re: PLEASE SUPPORT...AND ADVISE
Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:47 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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Great cover and "look inside." As for the blurb, I would lose the second paragraph entirely.
philcyberia

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:51 AM   in response to: michaelkwhite in response to: michaelkwhite
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Thank you!! I appreciate the advice and support. Glad you liked the cover! I have a book group following me on Twitter and I sent a link to them this morning about my book - they have tens of thousands of followers and they retweeted for me. If you have a book link just send it over and I will tweet that to them as well to see if they retweet it - by way of thanks for being the first to respond to my post lol!

cheers!
philcyberia

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 5:53 AM   in response to: mauvemallow in response to: mauvemallow
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Thanks! Okay, I'm definitely going to get that second paragraph looked at, as both of you have mentioned that one. Same goes for you re my other message ( if you want to send your book link I will tweet for you and hopefully get it retweeted)

Thanks for tha advice!
authormark

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Re: PLEASE SUPPORT...AND ADVISE
Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:10 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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Blurb needs to be much snappier - also I'd have a headline identifying your audience

The Sceptre of Zanafiar - A Young Adult Fantasy Adventure

then blurb... short snappy sentences

William Dolman sounded like an old mans name to me - Will is hipper and younger - just another thought.
michaelkwhite

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:18 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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Very kind of you to offer to tweet the book - it's a collection of short stories called, "Paul McCartney's Coat and Other Stories".

UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0064BI4S4
US link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0064BI4S4

Thanks again!
philcyberia

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:53 AM   in response to: authormark in response to: authormark
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Great idea about the title, will get that on when it comes off the free promo. I know, it does sound a bit like an old man - I knew I should never have let my husband talk me into naming the main character after his granddad!!!!
philcyberia

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:53 AM   in response to: michaelkwhite in response to: michaelkwhite
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Lol, intriguing!! No worries, I will copy your links and do that now :-)
ajasperg

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 9:43 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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Great cover! I like the blurb, it definitely captures your attention.
I agree with the above posts. The second paragraph is not needed. You already got them hooked with the first.
Good Luck! Looks like your free day is doing wonderful! :)
sbin59

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Re: PLEASE SUPPORT...AND ADVISE
Posted: Apr 5, 2012 10:09 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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Hi,

I just downloaded it and will take a look at it this week. If I can post a good review I will do so. I don't post bad reviews on fellow indies books-if I don't think I can post a good one, I'll message you and let you know why.

I agree with the above statements. The book looks good, and I look forward to reading it. Good Luck!

sbin59
philcyberia

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 10:20 AM   in response to: ajasperg in response to: ajasperg
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Thank you! Definitely taking out that second paragraph! Free download day not going so well - it only shows about 25 downloads across the board nine hours into the promo! Mind you, I have managed to get 2 in Spain for the first time ever!

cheers x
philcyberia

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Posted: Apr 5, 2012 10:26 AM   in response to: sbin59 in response to: sbin59
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You're a star, thank you so much. If you post a good review, that's great. If you don't, the feedback will be REALLY useful. So you will be helping me either way and I really appreciate it. If you want to send the feedback directly to me my email is phil.cyberia@blueyonder.co.uk

Thanks again!x
lizardberry

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Re: PLEASE SUPPORT...AND ADVISE
Posted: Apr 5, 2012 10:50 AM   in response to: philcyberia in response to: philcyberia
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If you get rid of the second paragraph and maybe the third, your blurb will be good. I would also redo the lettering on your cover. If it was metallic silver with blue highlights it would fit with your picture better. (Just a thought) Sometimes it pays to have an illustrator paint the cover and a graphic designer add the title. Here's one of mine. I suck at writing blurbs too.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006XO0OLM
philcyberia

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Re: PLEASE SUPPORT...AND ADVISE
Posted: Apr 5, 2012 11:05 AM   in response to: lizardberry in response to: lizardberry
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Wow, liking that cover Lizardberry! I agree that the writing on my cover doesn't really stand out, that was one of the things I was worried about. I will have to revisit this and see what I can do. All the hard work really does start after you've written the book doesn't it lol!

cheers!
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