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authormark

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 1:05 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
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Have you checked the preview? The formatting is bad, different font sizes, italics etc...

The cover is not great either.

If I was you I'd pull your review and help your customer sort his work and re-upload a new copy asap. Your damaging both your reputations at present!
golem2b

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 1:05 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
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THAT"S perfect formatting?

Wow.

Nice that you got in a plug for your own book in the "review." (With hyperlink!)

Although, seriously, man.

"Perfect?"

For a laugh, I advise all to check out this tiny slice of heaven.
divorcedoctor

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 2:06 AM   in response to: authormark in response to: authormark
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Have you checked the preview? The formatting is bad,
different font sizes, italics etc...

you don't understand difference between format and edit

all of his books use Italics for Mr Darcy "thinking out loud"

it is not up to me to change that - nor would I want to

only thing that matters is CUSTOMERS like it all and are BUYING it.

we will never know if he would have had more sales without the bogus review but at least I stood up to the bullies
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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 2:09 AM   in response to: authormark in response to: authormark
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divorcedoctor

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 2:37 AM   in response to: authormark in response to: authormark
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If I was you I'd pull your review and help your
customer sort his work and re-upload a new copy asap.
Your SIC damaging both your reputations at present!

OK, you have shown your true colors AS the author of the 1 star review so let's make a deal - I will consider deleting my review if you first delete yours.

I would however suggest to notjohn that his choice of gloves to do such dirty work for him is getting worse by the day.

What you were trying to say for notjohn was "you're damaging ..." and not "your".

If you can't even manage basic american you will never master English

I give you 1 star for american.
authormark

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 3:05 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
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I would consider font size as formatting personally.

As for you paranoia re notjohn, seriously get a grip.

As for rating my American (I'm not an American BTW) on a forum board, that I don't feel the need to be overly careful with as I'm not asking anyone to buy anything - congratulations, well done, I'm sure you feel proud of yourself.
Interestingly, I'd construe that as bullying. But hey ho, I'm a big boy and can handle little people having a pop.
authormark

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 3:20 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
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You should also perhaps look at the reviewer before you accuse them of being bogus. A quick look at their previous reviews would show you that they are a P&P fan and have reviewed many books of a similar nature over the last year. I would suggest taking the customers points on board and resolving them rather than attacking them and adding a somewhat bogus five star review in retaliation.
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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:32 AM   in response to: authormark in response to: authormark
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I'm familiar with Mr. Edwards and his story. What DD said is correct. Internal thoughts are supposed to be italicized, and from looking in the preview, I can tell you that it is done right. I can also tell you that this particular genre is riddled with spiteful reviews because of the fan fiction boards and particular authors' followings. It's truly a nasty business.

What would annoy me, though, is the style in which the author chose to write. I do not like this new style where a line is skipped between every paragraph or line of dialogue. But who am I to complain? It seems to be the going thing.
authormark

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:00 AM   in response to: 19k54 in response to: 19k54
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On my preview the font size of the italics is probably two point sizes larger than the other text - which makes for a rather bizarre looking text!
marylisabob

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:16 AM   in response to: 19k54 in response to: 19k54
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When I look in the preview the font size is messed up. Just like authormark said - the italicized lines are huge compared to the rest of the narrative. Perhaps the original 1-star reviewer saw the same thing I did. If you and the OP really can't see that, then he/she needs to contact amazon, because there must be a glitch. But on my end there is a problem.
76year2

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:25 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
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I am wondering why the space after every paragragh, I'm just asking.

The book must have been writen by an English Author. The use of word's make it hard for me to read, but after reading the look inside I sort of got used to the style of writing.

Some one said the cover wasn't great, I liked it. It's a good picture with good simple wording that can be read easy. I haven't got that style of print, but a person sould be able to make it in under an hour. That is a good thing. The one thing I didn't like was that ugly red bloch down in the corner, if that wasn't there it would be a better cover.

I do beleive the one starr was unfare, what was said is partly right any way. But they should of given at least three starr's

for one typo

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19k54

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:55 AM   in response to: marylisabob in response to: marylisabob
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Wow! I don't see that at all. I see perhaps that it's slightly bigger, but honestly I didn't notice it until I looked for it. I also didn't see any problems other than the writing style. I am wondering if we are looking at two different versions. I say that because I live in Alabama and my friend in Arkansas will see something different when we are on the phone together looking at the exact same thing. Also, I do know that sometimes the old version of a book will hang around forever. I've complained about that to Amazon for years. Usually, though, they will correct it when it is called to their attention.
19k54

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:03 AM   in response to: 19k54 in response to: 19k54
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I should have also said that I read this story years ago when it was posted for free at one of the Jane Austen boards. I don't remember much about it other than people seemed to like it. I don't know if the author is English or not, but I do know that we tend to write these stories from an English perspective because they are British stories. Jane Austen para literature is extremely hot these days.
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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:31 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
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Dude, the formatting isn't good. It is obviously deliberate, but it isn't good. The dialogue is competely stilted and unreaslitic. The basic sentences, OMG, not so great.

[i]It was with no small amount of trepidation that Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy learned from his friend Charles Bingley's letter that a murder had been committed at Longbourn and Bingley requested that he return to Netherfield soon to help deal with this tragedy.[/i]

At a minimum that should be two sentences. And that's how things start. Doesn't bode well for a whole book like that.

And sorry, but the cover isn't good either. You cannot pick out the title from the background. Try a white outline around the text.
gldrummond

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Re: dealing with bogus reviews
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 10:04 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
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I checked the sample.

Paragraphs are both indented and have lines between them. I've always been under the impression it should be one or the other. Thoughts that are italicized are a bit larger font size than regular text. (Italicizing thoughts is perfectly acceptable.)

Your client should have someone run another edit. 'Exhilarating' is misspelled. 'Challenge' is misspelled. There's an apostrophe missing in 'horses a$$'. Jane Bennet's first sentence is missing the quotation marks around it.

That's just what I picked out of the sample, so have to agree with the reviewer's mention of numerous typos.

And before you go there, I'm not NotJohn, DD. Just a small digital press owner who thought she'd go have a look since you asked, and did find things that hold up the reviewer's complaints. ;)

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