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austincarrollau...

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Re: The Indie Author's Book Reviewers Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:12 AM   in response to: kstillwagon67 in response to: kstillwagon67
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Hi Karen

:)
austincarrollau...

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Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:14 AM   in response to: lockslubin1 in response to: lockslubin1
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Hi Jason and Cara and Craig and anyone else I might have missed, welcome to our little Circle.

One of you has a book that is right up my ally!

;)

I look forward to purchasing and reading my second book in the Circle over the Easter long weekend. I just wish I had more time so I could read all the books here. Like Jason said - 'man, some of these books look great on here.'

We really are getting a good selection to suit all our varied tastes.

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kstillwagon67

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Re: The Indie Author's Book Reviewers Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:16 AM   in response to: austincarrollau... in response to: austincarrollau...
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Hi!
It's after midnight, just got off work (I HATE working retail!) but I gotta do what I gotta do LOL! Being an artist was much more fun until the economy tanked. Now I shall be artist/author and retail busybody until things will pick up again!
Been working on my next novel, actually working on two. So been busy and will also keep reading.
I have your book too, Austin, just haven't started it yet so I will get you feed back one of these weeks :)
Karen
austincarrollau...

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Re: The Indie Author's Book Reviewers Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:30 AM   in response to: kstillwagon67 in response to: kstillwagon67
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I used to work retail - the long hours sucked. Now I work school hours and get lots of holidays. That doesn't suck at all :)

You are obviously a creative person, being an artist and an author. Good for you. Hard to find the time around work though, isn't it.

I am also working on a new book. I really should turn the wifi off before turn the computer on LOL. I spend way too much time here and on another thread. You don't get much writing done that way. Or much time for reading either.

Thanks re my book, I really look forward to getting some more feedback on it. I know what you mean by one of these weeks - it took me about three weeks to get to Jade's book.
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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 1:31 AM   in response to: austincarrollau... in response to: austincarrollau...
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Therefore, it is a good idea to make sure the author
of any book you choose has left contact details. I
know one of us got burnt by this and was struggling
through a book. Very disapointing for her when she
tried contacting the author. She has since moved on
to another book I believe.

Yeah, that was me. I don't mind too much. It happens sometimes. It was the kind of book I'd have bought anyway had I seen it. the blurb and cover were good enough to get me to spend my money.

I'm doing one from here but I think it might be another that's only come and gone so as it's easter this weekend I'll probably be able to pick up another and do it very quickly so hopefully by this time next week I might have finally got a review to someone who is still here.

I've been thinking that we almost need a better way of making sure people are checking in and wondered whether you all thought a facebook group might be better? We could use the group documents feature to have a master list of books requesting reviews and each reviewer could also have a document saying what they had reviewed and were reviewing next
wendy-unsworth

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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 4:58 AM   in response to: jessmountifield in response to: jessmountifield
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Jess, I think something like that may be a very good idea. A while back I put a message on the forum for a writer who posted on here but haven't heard back so I didn't buy the book. I guess he has never checked back here.

I dont know how much work the Facebook idea would take to set up. I have reviewed two books since the circle started and my own has been reviewed once. That was by Karen Stillwagon who was excellent all the way through. She agreed to let me know if she came across any serious flaws in my work and sent me the occasional email to let me know how she was getting on! Fantastic!

At the moment I now need to look for another book to review here. I had planned to do 'Inheritence from a Stranger next but I am aware that people who have already posted a review should get a review/feedback from someone in return so, to be fair, I want to just read back through the thread to make sure someone who had been kind enough to do a review has not been left out. I hope that other people would do a similar thing. I also hope you understand what I mean - not that individuals should swap reviews but that everyone who is participating should get a review themselves!

Long threads are rather difficult but Austin is doing a great job! :)
austincarrollau...

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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 6:03 AM   in response to: wendy-unsworth in response to: wendy-unsworth
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:)

Thanks Wendy. I appreciate it. I didn't realise how time consuming it would be lol.

I agree with what you said and have been thinking the same way - about looking at the books of people who have already reviewed etc and choosing one of theirs to review so that everyone actively participating gets a review. Fairs fair and all that.

I also agree with Jess and was thinking along the same lines of a FB group that we could set up so that everyone has a little more control over it, and then sending invites out to people we know are participating. Then if I kept this thead updated, as more people join, we could also send them invites to the FB group.

What do other people think? Jess also mentioned something about - can't remember what she called it - a document thing or something so we can update our own stuff. Anyone want to help set it up (*very unsubtle hint Jess since you obviously know more about FB than me) and is there a way to set it up so that those of us who have been here from the start can all share moderate it or whatever it is called on FB?

Maybe if it works well enough, we could start a second FB page that is all about promoting our books that is public. Sorry - I don't know much about FB other than how to use my own page. I know nothing about groups.
wendy-unsworth

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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 6:56 AM   in response to: austincarrollau... in response to: austincarrollau...
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Sounds good, Austin. I am sure Jess will post again once she sees this and maybe she will have a better idea of how we should proceed. In the meantime I'll have a trawl through over Easter and decide on another book to review!

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dryad58

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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 9:50 AM   in response to: austincarrollau... in response to: austincarrollau...
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Hi Austin,
Ok. That clarifies re: keeping track of reviews. Looks like there might be a FB group soon, too.

Thank you for the valuable feedback! I will have to give this some thought on how to modify the description so that the other books are referenced and it is clearer. However, I have not completed the other ebooks, so this might confuse the matter more since they're not yet avail. Book IV is not really a prequel- the sequence of events is more 'circular' rather than linear - characters and events appear and reappear in different books. Example: many people often read The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe first in the Narnia series (in the order they were written) while others read them chronologically - as events occurred in time.

Each book can stand alone, but I don't want to completely divorce them from the rest of the series.... Perhaps the easiest thing to do would be to remove Book IV - then it would scream 'Stand Alone Book'. And I could reference the rest of the series in the description. I'll get to work on this.
Anyway, I will send you an email directly - I don't want to clog up the board with my book! (unless this is helpful info)

-Wendy
dryad58

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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 10:00 AM   in response to: austincarrollau... in response to: austincarrollau...
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p.s. With the Narnia books- where they are sold separately, the series is stated on the cover (The Chronicles of Narnia), and the other books aren't mentioned in the description...but they are [u]not[/u] numbered (I believe because of this confusion re: in what order people 'should' read them)

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kstillwagon67

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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:45 PM   in response to: austincarrollau... in response to: austincarrollau...
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This is too funny... I too was thinking of a Facebook page but not sure how to set one up other than like an author page. We may have someone here who is willing and then can show us all the ropes. I have always used Facebook to keep track of my kids and the goings on in their lives. I do have an author page and an art page but in saying that, it doesn't get me the attention I need.
BUT
A page for us to meet would be awesome. I would like it to be a private page and not public though, That would be my only concern. The author page is different becasuse we want the public to see it, but I am not going to want every Tom Dick and Harry in the group... or is that just me? :)
Karen
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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:58 PM   in response to: austincarrollau... in response to: austincarrollau...
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I'm willing to take part in this. So, someone buys my book and reviews it. I buy someone else's and review theirs, correct?

http://www.amazon.com/Crowded-Deep-River-High-ebook/dp/B005HB1J7A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333556289&sr=8-1

You may contact me @longhairrox or email me shopchic@comcast.net

Please be honest and gentle at the same time.
wendy-unsworth

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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 1:02 PM   in response to: kstillwagon67 in response to: kstillwagon67
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Karen - I agree - great idea but it would need to be private. An open Facebook page, visited by anyone could be misunderstood whereas a group of like -minded people, could, I think benefit us all.
kstillwagon67

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Posted: Apr 4, 2012 1:08 PM   in response to: wendy-unsworth in response to: wendy-unsworth
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Do others agree as Wendy and I do, that the circle page should be private but our book pages/Author page will be public...
Show of hands please....
And those that oppose...
:)
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Re: The Indie Authors Book Review Circle
Posted: Apr 4, 2012 1:13 PM   in response to: kstillwagon67 in response to: kstillwagon67
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I don't really know what you mean.
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