(member since Feb 15, 2012)
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I did my giveaway just to have the book seen, but still, I felt let down by the algorithm. Out of three, two went to people who never review, one who doesn't rate either (not new members, here for years). The third went to a person who five-starred and that was nice, but the others obviously weren't going to review and didn't. Goodreads does say that "Winning members are encouraged but not required to write a review of the book they receive" so I can't see that the algorithm functioned well.
I'm in Australia and to ship to me from US, then out again, likely back to the US, I'm afraid is expensive, so I sent direct from CreateSpace. On the other hand I did worldwide (even though you have to tick every box one by one) since, in Australia, I know the pain of postage & of missing out.
Nope, this too is a matter of what you like, or what suits the story in question. There's room for different sizes and different strategies.
@PJ, Goodreads is like that! Being here has changed my perspective in ways I can't even count right now.
I mean, I do grumble to myself from time to time that the world seems to like 'fast fiction' and not 'slow fiction' -- but I suspect this has always been the case. And that writers of the slow fiction, who need readerly commitment, always got into grumbly moods like I do.
I'll admit that I split my books up from a fear readers were scared by the undertaking. So that I have them twice-published: the original 600-pagers and the 300-pagers, that sacrifice a bit in the writer's eyes. Stoopid result (if perhaps pragmatic) but yeah, size was an issue.
PJ wrote: "Is it just my perception or is there a decisive trend away from works that are long or broad in scope?"
Maybe. Maybe not. I'm a fan of such and I find enough to content me. I write epic and I seek it out.
It's true I was told by an agent that publishers won't look at a first book by an unknown the size of mine. So possibly indie is where to find your epics. When I think of those I've found lately, lately-published, they are indie.
Happy to see those deleted. Unethical of course.
With charity I might put it down to a leftover rumour from MeatGrinder's early days, for it's been in constant improvement. Whether there was ever any real grounds for the rumours I have no idea.
Yes, I've seen this. I dismissed it. MeatGrinder has worked fine for me, and got me into the Premium Catalogue without a hitch. Don't listen!!!
Barbara wrote: "And Mark Coker's words on all this:..."
Sensible words as usual.
PS. I was pretty excited to have 1 sale at Kobo fairly recently. :) It only took a couple of years.
This will be bad. Didn't we have a huge fight about a year ago over erotica, when PayPal, I think, threatened to withdraw its services from Smashwords, because of bad publicity? That was a tough fight.
I unfollow authors who tweet frequently about their books, quick smart.
I do use Goodreads ads, myself, and I click on the ads now and then too. I figure, these are honest adverts, paid for, and they don't pretend to be other than advertisement. Users can ignore them easily enough, I think. So I'm happy with Goodreads ads, but I pretty much hate social media used to push books.
@Sharon If I were your friend, at least, I'd ask for an explanation from Goodreads. They'd better not remove ones I've written... [on the warpath already]
@Sharon Right, that does worry me, with your further details. A person you know has had a review she wrote removed, without explanation? It wasn't one subject to flagging, was it?
The reviews of your own books that were removed: these weren't from the one user, then? From several users?
I don't for a moment believe we'd hear beforehand if Amazon's policies enter into operation on GR. And their policies upset me.
I've got my towel, clutched to me :}
Hi Barbara. Not quite yet, I meant -- it comes into effect 'in the second quarter 2013', I saw. I do panic but hey...
Alexandra wrote: "I emailed Amazon regarding authors reviewing authors and this is what the email reply said."
Alexandra, this is on Amazon, right? Goodreads wasn't mentioned in this exchange? It can't be, as they don't own us yet. Just spooks me.
Even if they change nothing, I don't like it. I valued Goodreads for its independence. I feel the need to hear from Mark Coker, whom I trust, but it's Easter, isn't it? The world's busy with Easter. I think that's great timing, too.