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Elodie

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Re: Seeking reviews for short horror collection - free on kindle this weekend
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 6:25 AM   in response to: Lydia Peever in response to: Lydia Peever
 
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Lydia Peever wrote:
Also, is it true that authors cannot review other author's work on Amazon? Many writers I know refrain from what could be seen as nepotistic reviews, but I still see others able to do it.
If one of your customers also happens to be an author, there is no rule against them leaving a review if they wish to do so.
It's (requesting) review swaps and the like that is against the TOS.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Seeking reviews for short horror collection - free on kindle this weekend
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 6:58 AM   in response to: Lydia Peever in response to: Lydia Peever
 
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I've had one of my titles reviewed by a poster to these forums. Now I don't dare leave a review for any of his/her works. Because trying to reason with the Zon on any topic related to reviews is useless.

Edit: That said, the one genuine but truly cringeworthy (5-stars, yet!) review that I've really wanted to get removed from one of my titles just yesterday was removed, probably by the Zon. Had I asked for this to be done, you could bet it would have been affixed to my title forever by the electronic equivalent of two-part epoxy. (I think the review was posted by a reviewer who was overloaded with review requests, and he/she just posted a glowing generic review that just screamed "fake.")
Lydia Peever

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Re: Seeking reviews for short horror collection - free on kindle this weekend
Posted: Apr 23, 2017 7:23 AM   in response to: Elodie in response to: Elodie
 
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That makes sense, and clarifies that fairly! Thank you.
james

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Re: Seeking reviews for short horror collection - free on kindle this weekend
Posted: Apr 25, 2017 9:49 AM   in response to: Lydia Peever in response to: Lydia Peever
 
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Dear author,
Your ranking is over two million, suggesting that there is no market for this book. That is what? One sale? And coincidentally we have one glowing five star to match that one sale. Save your breath. Beating the bushes, whether legally or illegally, for other five stars won't do anything to increase your sales. Stephan King and Clive Barker and Poe and a dozen others have the traditional horror short story market tied up. Especially for vampires. You really are beating your head off a fence post on this one. You have to be far more imaginative and pro-active in your research of the horror genre. Search for books that are selling gangbusters that are by new amateurish indies who have their sticky little fingers on the pulse of what horror niches to write in for newbie indies.
Nothing will make your book sell, and any time, effort, money, pleading, marketing, ads, FB or otherwise will be wasted. Simply type in 'short story horror' and up will pop millions of offerings, half of them free, and half of them better than yours.
You have to find out what niches in horror are selling for newbie indies then do likewise.
Longtime forum members may tell you to change your cover, and do a rewrite, and take out ads, and use paid book promo sites, and join book clubs and market till you drop, but none of that will move even one copy of your book. It is a horse that died and should not be flogged any further.
Times have changed. There are tens of millions of books floating around online and many of them horror stories that cannot be given away, much less sold.
Search the horror niches for newbie indies that are making it big, then jump aboard that bandwagon. As for your present book, you'll need to give it a decent burial. Write what is selling for newbie indies or you won't sell...
And as for you thinking that giving your book away for free will 'change things,' think again. Most horror fans already have thousands of unread short horror stories and horror novels unread on their kindles. Adding your to the list will be the proverbial straw on the weary camel's back...
Also, your title is very confusing. "Pray Lied Eve2." Then it says "tales of the untoward." Nobody is going to understand what the heck that means. The title might have great significance to you, but most others will be dumbfounded. I was at a loss to figure out what you were talking about. a strange, silly title at best. You need to pay attention to the titles you give your book, kind of like naming your child something weird and then having him/her suffer the consequences of raised eyebrows for a lifetime...
Lydia Peever

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Re: Seeking reviews for short horror collection - free on kindle this weekend
Posted: Apr 27, 2017 5:49 PM   in response to: james in response to: james
 
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Haha. Thanks James. I'm fine.
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