Johnny Walker Johnny's Comments (member since Dec 30, 2011)

Johnny's comments from the Goodreads Author Feedback Group group.

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Jan 30, 2015 01:05PM

31471 I use chapter titles in a themed type of layout, much like a musical album.

Since my books are in the world of music, I thought it would be fun to have a 'title cut' as well, so each book has a chapter title that matches the book title.

I can take them or leave them when reading, but have always found them to be fun.
Jan 15, 2015 06:53AM

31471 Also, downloading pics from Google and other places can be tracked. So yeah, be careful.
Jan 15, 2015 06:49AM

31471 Hey guys,

@ Christian, I used a few pics from Wkipedia Commons. Read the license associated with each pic. Most are free as long as you give credit. There are thousands, and sadly, most are not useable. But I did mange to sift through and find a few that worked perfectly for my project. Free or not, you'll spend some (agonizing) time sorting through thousands of pics. (Dreamstime, Kozzi, Shutterstock, etc.)

On the subject of music; I have some clips I would allow being used in exchange for credit. I've had a few podcast people use some of my tunes, but my music is a classic rock-n-roll style, not the typical fit. I do have some 30 second clips and an instrumental which can be trimmed to fit a trailer.

If interested, see this link;
Suggested;1) Mysterious instrumental: 'Quitman Highway' intro. 2) Strings instrumental with band: 'Papa Music' - short clip or full song.

You can also sort through local bands and indies. Like me, they're just trying to get their music out there. Get a basic license from the Internet and word it to cover what you need.

Bottom line is; all of these clearances and licenses are part of the publishing process, the details many authors don't talk about. I have hundreds of licenses. It's a pain in the arse, but they're extremely important.

Nov 24, 2014 02:12PM

31471 I fell into this trap early on. Yep, it bit me in the arse. Fortunately the reviewer tried to correct some facts that, in the reviewers eyes, were not accurate, not even pertaining to writing skills. The corrections pretty much discredit the reviewer, but the review is out there nonetheless. Amazon, B&N, - oh yeah, everywhere.

I was eager and wanting reviews before the editor had done his job. Bottom line; it's my fault for being impatient. As Paula wrote, "Reviews are not for authors, they're for readers."

Just live and learn and walk away from it.

I recently had a friend ask me to review his book, but, as you guys have said, I wouldn't write a bad review. Instead I referred him to an editor and he was offended. So I'm batting two for two on this subject. Ha. It's a no win situation.
ISBN Numbers (82 new)
May 01, 2014 09:16AM

31471 Gotta love Canada for that, but alas, here in the US we do need to buy them.

What many authors don't realize, and that's because the information isn't that available, is when you let Createspace, or Amazon, or any other free ISBN come into the picture, that company has put their hand in your cookie jar, and in most cases, the company offering the free ISBN will become the publisher, as the ISBN will be traced back to them first, then to you.

It's a delicate dance and one each author should review. I, too, bought in bulk, and that blows, but it's an investment in my company. Keeping your legals straight only prevents issues in the future.

Is it more expensive to buy ISBNs or pay for a lawyer later on? (And even then the company that gave you the ISBN may not let go of it, or even worse, remove the book you gave them certain rights to.)
Aug 01, 2013 09:55AM

31471 Tough call. LSI is definitely more time, trouble, and expense, but they have a credible reputation.

CS raises flags with bookstores, but easier to work with. I have seen it's a lesser quality of book, but that's a matter of preference.

I would suggest making all repairs with CS, since uploading is free, and when you get to a point of not looking back, (ha) run some numbers. If books are selling via CS, maybe create your own Publishing Company contract, offering a return policy, which is ultimately what a bookstore likes to see. Your books will be cheaper to purchase and MUCH cheaper to ship back home if returned. (With LSI, it's cheaper to destroy returns than ship back home.) I, personally-and just my opinion, prefer to keep as much product as I can for website sales.

I also went with a font size of 11pt, making the CS book smaller and less expensive for me to purchase. That trimmed a buck off the price. The jury is still out on that one but I've had no complaints. (Time will tell on that move)

Best of luck and congratulations.
Sep 08, 2012 02:01PM

31471 Hey guys,

Piping in with an interest to join or participate. I've had contact with Jay in the past and if she's involved, I know the group is off to a great start.

I saw a list of ten already completed so I'm not sure if you're still seeking people to become involved. If so, please sign me up.

best to all

Jul 05, 2012 07:05AM

31471 Got it. For early stages of the work. Thanks.
Jul 05, 2012 05:58AM

31471 I'm just curious. A couple of people seem to want to avoid the CS, ISBN. Why is that?
Jul 05, 2012 05:34AM

31471 I'm on my second round with CS paperbacks. Repairs, I mean, but I have the cover in place because I want feedback on it, too.

Slowly but surely, my product is getting better and better. (If I had 6K for a good editor, trust me, I'd be there.)

A person can buy the paperback directly from CS if you don't want to go through all the distribution channels.You won't get the massive exposure, but you can Link your CS store to your website store.

Happy selling.
Doing a Giveaway (64 new)
May 04, 2012 03:40PM

31471 Hey guys, just piping in with a comment about the giveaways on GR; they couldn't be any smother. Go for it. You'll be amazed at how easy it is. I also ran it through my website, via Goodreads button. Easy breezy.

I stay clear of FB. Each time I've tried something with them, it either doesn't work, or I start getting tagged in tennis shoe spams. Tons of junk starts flowing my way. Even if you spend money with them, FB isn't able to handle what they do, and lets face it, the company was built on a lie. Take it from there.

I'm definitely not trying to judge anyone or condemn any actions others choose to take.

happy selling :)
Q&A Group (9 new)
Feb 29, 2012 06:16AM

31471 Hi Belinda, thanks for the reply.

No, I'm looking for the actual ID #. I've seen it on listings for other authors. It's like an 8 or 9 digit number, much like the amazon code. Maybe it's an account #.

I'm still looking around.

again, thanks.

Q&A Group (9 new)
Feb 27, 2012 06:14AM

31471 Hey guys, Does anyone know how to access their Goodreads ID? I know it's got to be here somewhere, probably right under my nose, but I've been digging the site for a while and can't seem to find it.

Big thanks

Feb 24, 2012 04:44AM

31471 I think that was a smart move, Andrew. Great idea about the discount. I feel grateful that people enter for a free copy of my book and I was more than pleased to send them out.

I also do the giveaways expecting nothing in return. If I get a review, then great, but to me, and I could be wrong, this is a giveaway. Period. If it were an exchange program, I'd have different expectations.

It's like lending money. Kiss it goodbye when it leaves your hand. :)
Dec 30, 2011 12:20PM

31471 Got it rivka,

I got an email from Goodreads right away. Thanks for the help. (Now I can let the millions of screaming fans join the Q & A.) haha

Be well and Happy New Year!
Dec 30, 2011 11:22AM

31471 Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. I'll try those solutions. I've already done the 'Is this you", but maybe I missed a step.

Thanks much :)
Dec 30, 2011 07:28AM

31471 Hey all, I seem to be going in circles. In trying to create a Q & A, I'm told I need to join the Author Program. In following the instructions, the page is not for signing up, but my Author page. I have done book giveaways and been involved as a member.

SO..sorry to seem daft, but has anyone else run across this issue? What am I doing wrong?

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