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Mar 30, 2013 11:10AM

37092 It seems most everyone has an opinion on Amazon being our new landlords. Understandably, people are wondering whether reviews, groups, buy links are going to survive the change. The Goodreads Powers-That-Be are saying don't worry, this is a good thing. I hope that is true. Maybe this change will benefit people. I think most readers on this site may very well see positive changes.
But it is the indie authors that are worried. Don't get me wrong, I more or less like Amazon, but Amazon's track record with the indie community has been a mix of good and bad lately. The company has done some supportive things for indie authors, opening markets and opportunities, but some of its recent moves have, in my opinion, been a bit bone-headed. The review ban and removal, the email scandal over refund's for an indie-turned-traditional author, and the move towards exclusivity (and it may be this exclusivity bent that has the writers so mad about this news).
The problem, again in my opinion, is Amazon fails to separate it's book buying business from it's book publishing business. In one, readers come first, in the other authors take precedence. On Goodreads these two aspects meet head-on, and I just hope Amazon can figure out the right move for everyone.
Introductions (1021 new)
Mar 21, 2013 01:06PM

37092 Marie wrote: "Hi, I'm Marie,

Author and reader. I'm published by Accent press and although my first two books were humorous memoirs about how to bring up a troublesome family plus accident prone pooch on a nar..."


Hi Marie, and welcome.
Giveaway (3 new)
Mar 14, 2013 07:26PM

37092 Patricia wrote: "Giveaway runs to April 12! Sign up for a chance to win!"

I did, and if I might make a suggestion, adding your book link within the comment will make it easier for people to find it. The top link is great, but it might be overlooked by some. A second link in the comment adds to visibility.
Promote Yourself (347 new)
Mar 13, 2013 05:50AM

37092 Patricia wrote: "I am not sure if this is the right place for this question, but here goes. When is it proper, if you respond to or comment on someone else's post in a thread that is not specifically meant for aut..."

That's a tricky question, because it often depends on the group or forum. Some places dislike promotions of any kind, so I find it's best to read the rules before commenting or posting. And that said, you can use a signature at the end of your comments, so that it doesn't appear that you are being pushy. For instance, I could use: "A. F. Stewart, author of Ruined City"

Also, if you want to mention a book, but don't want to seem like you are promoting, working it in to a comment itself is possible.

And just to let you know we do have a Questions and Help thread in this folder, to post these types of inquiries.
Introductions (1021 new)
Mar 09, 2013 04:26PM

37092 Patricia wrote: "Hi all! I am Patricia Reding (aka Trish). I am an avid reader and newly published author (--Title: Oathtaker--). I was delighted to have found Goodreads recently and am getting to know my way a..."

Hello Patricia, and welcome.
Introductions (1021 new)
Mar 08, 2013 12:44PM

37092 Jamie wrote: "Hello all!

My name is Jamie Sheffield, and I'm both a reader and an author. I read voraciously, but only recently published my first book, "Here Be Monsters".

When I'm not reading or writing, I'..."


Welcome to the group, Jamie.
Questions and Help (196 new)
Mar 08, 2013 06:23AM

37092 Sumi wrote: "Not sure if this is the thread on which to post a contract question; apologies to mods if it isn't.

I'm a writer who's recently finished and is polishing an MS for submission to 'traditional' pub..."


It didn't occur to me in my original reply, but an excellent place to check out book publishers is Preditors and Editors: http://pred-ed.com/peba.htm
They recommend good ones and flag the less-than reputable.
Mar 08, 2013 05:44AM

37092 Good luck with the tour!

I've moved this topic to the appropriate folder: Events.
For more information on where to post in the group check out the Group Navigation thread.
Introductions (1021 new)
Mar 02, 2013 04:31AM

37092 Sumi wrote: "I have a question about self-publishing a collection of essays, and can't really find an appropriate thread. Could someone please direct me to a place where I won't be diverting the conversation? T..."

Any writing related questions can be posted in the Writers folder as a new thread. You can check out the Group Navigation for an explanation of all the folders: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...
Introductions (1021 new)
Mar 01, 2013 08:55AM

37092 Summer wrote: "Hi, I'm a reader and a writer. I posted more about myself in the Writers profile folder. I'm really glad to have found this group. I read general fiction, women's fiction, mysteries, nonfiction (mo..."

Welcome, Summer.
37092 The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend by Catherine Wolffe

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks' husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she's attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel solider dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He's the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

In Book 1 of this new series by Award-winning author Catherine Wolffe, the Western Werewolf Legend weaves a new blend of western romance with paranormal elements involving werewolves and vampires.

The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend by Catherine Wolffe
Mar 01, 2013 05:23AM

37092 Red Leaves and the Living Token by Benjamin David Burrell

Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won't survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and Emret for the inevitable, he's confronted by Moslin, his son's nurse, who’s been filling Emret’s head with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse's stories, and he'll live.

In an attempt to protect his son from further emotional damage, Raj asks Moslin to stay away from Emret. He returns hours later to find them both missing.

He searches the fairytales for clues to where they may have gone and stumbles upon stories that, strangely, he already knows. He saw them in a vision just before his son disappeared.

Red Leaves and the Living Token by Benjamin David Burrell
Mar 01, 2013 05:22AM

37092 Legend of a Ninja by Jarius Raphel

Legend of a Ninja is a series that explores the world of the ninja. With an anime style and a fantasy setting, the YA stories are focused on relationships and characters.

In the prequel, Beneath the Shadows, see how The Order of the ninja is controlled by very powerful ninjas. Keeping the shadows balanced becomes a very difficult task when a ninja chooses to openly defy the Iofrehn clan.

In the Iofrehn clan, relationships are forbidden. Seen as a weakness, love itself is a curse to the clear mind and focus of a true ninja. But when one ninja seeks permission to love, his struggle for survival will shake The Order of ninjas to its core.

Can you still trust your heart when the secrets beneath the shadows are revealed?

Legend of a Ninja by Jarius Raphel
Mar 01, 2013 05:21AM

37092 Dragon Fate (War of the Blades #1) by J.D. Hallowell

Dragon Fate, the first book in J.D. Hallowell's War of the Blades series, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre.

Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear.

Dragon Fate (War of the Blades, #1) by J.D. Hallowell
Questions and Help (196 new)
Mar 01, 2013 04:33AM

37092 Sumi wrote: "A.F. wrote: "I agree with the author of the piece about not signing a non-complete clause; it is always a good idea to have a lawyer look over a book contract. Smaller press publishers may not be s..."

On that I don't know, though it wouldn't surprise me if it had become standard. The big presses do seem to be getting more aggressive these days towards writers.
Introductions (1021 new)
Feb 28, 2013 06:31PM

37092 Sumi wrote: "Hello--my name is Sumi. I'm an obsessive reader and compulsive writer. My favorite genre is probably fairytales/mythology, but I think those fall under fantasy; I also read poetry, SF, classics, ho..."

Welcome to the group, Sumi.
Questions and Help (196 new)
Feb 28, 2013 06:20PM

37092 Sumi wrote: "Not sure if this is the thread on which to post a contract question; apologies to mods if it isn't.

I'm a writer who's recently finished and is polishing an MS for submission to 'traditional' pub..."


I agree with the author of the piece about not signing a non-complete clause; it is always a good idea to have a lawyer look over a book contract. Smaller press publishers may not be so pushy though, so you may still want to shop around.
Feb 27, 2013 12:56PM

37092 Destiny (Elizabeth Grace) wrote: "URGENT MESSAGE: I just found my book Something Else Entirely posted on the web by someone else (here's the link: http://www.quotev.com/story/2516866/S...). Everyone please do me..."

When I clicked on the link, it redirected me to the main page. The story may have been taken down already.
Feb 26, 2013 12:45PM

37092 I was contacted by someone looking to hire me to write a book about his story of racial discrimination in the Canadian military. Since I write mostly fiction I declined, but if anyone would be interested in taking on this project, message me and I can put you in touch with him.
Feb 25, 2013 01:28PM

37092 Renee wrote: "Hey everyone. I just wanted to let you know I'm giving away a copy of my new novel, In the Bones, here on Goodreads and also on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Renee-M...,..."

Cool. Congratulations on the new book.


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