Jeffrey Poole Jeffrey's Comments (member since Aug 27, 2011)

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53792 February is a short month so lets get some nominations out there! I'll allow a day or two for nominations so we can get the poll up in a timely manner.

Nominate your favorites! Self-nominations are accepted. As always, nominations need a second before they're accepted!
Feb 02, 2013 05:44PM

53792 Lol!
Feb 02, 2013 05:09PM

53792 Here's the link that works...

I just downloaded my copy! Thanks, J.P.!
Feb 02, 2013 01:00PM

53792 No one has anything? Come on! Am I the only tech geek here?

I'll even give another one. My universal remote. It's a Logitech Harmony remote. I have it running every electronic device on my entertainment center, including my Xbox 360 and my electric fireplace. I call it the Overlord's Sceptre.

Yeah, my wife thinks I'm nuts.
Feb 02, 2013 11:21AM

53792 Ok, the sample has been downloaded and is sitting on my iPad. I'll take a look at it tonight.

Big J
Feb 02, 2013 08:53AM

53792 Hi M.R. - you're welcome. I looked up your book here on Goodreads and I realized I have looked at the description before, which means I've considered your book before.

I do have some advice/critique on your book description. I don't know how well you handle criticism, so I'll put the following in a spoiler tag. If you'd rather pass on reading it, I'd completely understand.

(view spoiler)

I don't mean to sound negative. Quite the opposite. I'm all for helping other indie authors out!
Feb 02, 2013 08:13AM

53792 Congrats to Walter for having his book chosen!

I'm just getting started on this one so I hope to join in shortly!
Feb 02, 2013 07:33AM

53792 I think that'd be really cool to have your book professionally translated. You've checked these people out? I'd be checking to see if you can contact other authors that have had their books translated by them to see if the company was professional.

At any rate, good luck! Keep us posted!
Feb 02, 2013 07:01AM

53792 M.R. - is your Hearth story part of a series?
Feb 02, 2013 06:59AM

53792 M.R. -

Hey, no worries. I know full well that the goal of every indie author is to try and get as much publicity as possible so as to increase readership.

You ask about feasibility of making your book .99 rather than 2.99? I've had my own books at various prices to see what works best. What I can tell you is that what works for some authors doesn't necessarily work for others. Being an indie author myself I decided several years ago to try and help out other indie readers by offering to read their stories (if it's something I'm interested in reading) and then post the reviews everywhere I had accounts. And for a book lover like me, that's pretty much everywhere. Anyway, the one thing that seems to help out potential readers are unbiased honest reviews.

Now, with regard to the pricing issue, I assume you've tried both prices. Honestly, in my personal opinion, I don't really care what the price is. Well, that's not true. My threshold for an unknown author is $4.99 and for that price the book really has to appeal to me. My typical price I see is 2.99 and 3.99. Want to know what I look for when selecting a new book? Here goes...

1. Cover. I know, I know. The saying is don't judge a book by its cover, but for us indie authors, the cover has to have an appealing cover long enough for the prospective buyer to pause and consider the book. For me, since there are SO many books out there, if a cover catches my eye, then I move to #2...

2. Title. A smart, witty, oftentimes clever title can be just as appealing as the cover. Has the title sparked even further interest? Time to move to #3...

3. Book description. This is easily, for me, the biggest deal breaker. I don't care how cool, or how clever the book title is, if the description has glaring typos or grammatical errors, I instantly discard the book and move to the next. The description reflects your writing style, so if the style is choppy, or clunky, then that's usually indicative of how the book is going be.

4. Reviews. I'm leery on any book that has nothing but positive reviews. Any author knows that you can't make everyone happy no matter how hard you try. Everyone gets their fare share of negative reviews. The bad reviews will typically point out what they didn't like, and many times its something that won't bother me at all. If, however, all the reviews point out bad grammar, or massive typos, poorly edited books, etc., then I'll think twice about my choice. Most of the times I'll ignore the bad reviews and give the book a chance.

5. Now that a book has passed the first four criteria, I'll then look at the price. Bear in mind, for me, this whole process usually takes less than twenty seconds. Number five here is low on the totem pole. If the book is less than five bucks, awesome. I just bought myself a new book. If it's over $5 then I'll hem and haw and then look for something else to convince me to purchase it, and that's another ordeal altogether.

Hope this helps!

Big J
Feb 01, 2013 02:10PM

53792 Hi M.R. -

There's no need to post in three different areas just to mention your sale. The Self Promo section is fine, or if you'd like, you can create a new thread under the Self Promo section that talks about your sale.


Big J
53792 Yeah, it is. Hopefully the skies will remain clear tonight!! *fingers crossed*
Giveaways (106 new)
Jan 31, 2013 04:53PM

53792 I just entered. Thanks for the heads up, John!
Jan 31, 2013 01:34PM

53792 Things are finally calming down around here with clients, writing, etc. Falling into a nice pattern, so I have some (gasp!) free time. Can't wait to get started on this one!
The Lost City (15 new)
Jan 31, 2013 01:31PM

53792 Sharable snippets... Hmmm. I'll see if I can come up with something! :)
Jan 31, 2013 01:19PM

53792 As I was perusing the Internet on my iPad I started to think about how many gizmos I have that are under my roof. Let's just say the list is long and extensive.

Now, with that being said, what's the coolest "techie" device that you own? I'll start. Of all the devices I have, the coolest one is the gizmo my wife bought for me last Xmas. It's Orion's StarSeeker wifi module. It attaches to my 8" Meade LX90's serial port and allows my astronomy app on my iPad to take control of my scope. I tap a star/planet/comet, etc., and it'll tell my telescope to look at the object in question.

If you like looking at the stars, it's a "Must Have"! :)
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Jan 31, 2013 11:02AM

53792 On a real side note here, I have a question. Anyone ever see the ISS before when it's super dark outside? I did this morning and it was very cool!

I was walking my dog, Keeley, "Peanut" for you Bakkian fans out there, and while I was waiting by a mailbox for Keeley to finish checking it out, I decided to stretch my back and consequently looked up. In my little town here in AZ, astronomy is a really cool hobby as there isn't much light pollution. Anyway, I see Venus. Very bright up in the sky. Then Venus starts to move. Whoops, my bad. Obviously a plane.

As I stood there and stared at this moving plane it dawned on me that lights on a plane flash, and this wasn't flashing. So what was I looking at? I wondered then if it might be the space station. So I checked several ISS tracking sites and confirmed that at the time I walked the dog, the ISS was passing by overhead.

Pretty cool!! Makes me wonder if I can make my iPad track the station with my scope. Will have to tinker with it. :)
Jan 31, 2013 10:53AM

53792 Nice! Congrats on a good signing!
Jan 30, 2013 03:02PM

53792 No worries. Moving sucks rocks, I know. Take your time!
Jan 30, 2013 11:01AM

53792 February's Fantasy BotM poll is up! Vote now for your favorites! As with the other poll, voting ends on the 2nd!

Good luck to all who've entered! Here's the link:

Big J.

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