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C. Gold

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Re: What is the rulebook for a decent kindle ebook sell?
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 11:17 PM   in response to: Sharon Hill in response to: Sharon Hill
 
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Nice necro thread. I didn't see any disparagement of the person, only honest feedback on the poor quality of his writing and some confusion as to what questions he was really trying to ask due to the language barrier.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: What is the rulebook for a decent kindle ebook sell?
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 11:42 PM   in response to: Sharon Hill in response to: Sharon Hill
 
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Sharon Hill wrote:
Wow, people were kind of harsh. I hope I don't have to ask any questions that may sound dumb to some people and get the cruel responses that the guy did last year. Yikes... How about the saying "if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all"?

Sharon,

Anyone coming to the forum asking for help in a genuine way, almost always gets what they asked for, more or less. We do try to be helpful.

Anyone who shamelessly plugs their work, encourages people to buy it and posts a link asking for a review, usually gets a lot more than they bargained for, and rarely in a good way.

Unless your work is absolutely perfect, with a wonderful blurb and professional cover, as has oft been said, you'd have to be a fool or a masochist to put a link here.

We're fellow authors here, and for the most part we follow the rules. Anyone who flouts them and treats the community as his/her own personal shop window, generally gets short shrift from the rest of us.

Besides, we might not sugar-coat anything, but we don't lie either. If someone here says a book is pants, it's usually because it is.

Best wishes. J

Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: What is the rulebook for a decent kindle ebook sell?
Posted: Nov 9, 2017 11:56 PM   in response to: Sharon Hill in response to: Sharon Hill
 
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Sharon, I doubt you have looked at the OP's work before posting this. Like many non-native English speakers who come on here, he had a basic grasp of English and could probably hold a conversation without much trouble, but writing a novel in English is very different. His language was stilted and jerky, with no flow from one sentence to the next. Words and idioms were used incorrectly. Descriptions of characters were confusing. I seem to remember reading the first couple of pages and not really grasping what the story was about. That's not good if he hopes to attract readers.
Unfortunately, like so many others, he seemed more interested in how much money he could make than in publishing a readable book. He asked for advice and got it. I hope he has worked hard on improving his written English and eventually publishes a book that does well.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: What is the rulebook for a decent kindle ebook sell?
Posted: Nov 12, 2017 2:51 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Unless your work is absolutely perfect, with a wonderful blurb and professional cover, as has oft been said, you'd have to be a fool or a masochist to put a link here.

Permit me to disagree. I have found the members of this forum generally a source of helpful advice with blurb, formatting, etc. Just because there are many long-eared equine quadrupeds here, does not mean that some members do not give good advice. The key is to take it all with a very large grain of salt, challenge everything, and be prepared to experiment. Oh, and develop a tough skin. The few bits of good advice are often interspersed with much loud braying and shaking of long ears, not to mention nasty bits of bad advice and unfounded opinion.

Now, the fool who comes over here and says "buy my book," him I have no sympathy for.
Emily Veinglory

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Re: What is the rulebook for a decent kindle ebook sell?
Posted: Nov 13, 2017 7:03 AM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
 
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Indeed, you'd need to be a masochist... or actually want to know what is wrong with you book. Many people simply don't want to know, or are upset with hearing opinions they don't agree with.
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