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Larry's comments from the Goodreads Authors/Readers group.

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Oct 03, 2011 04:12PM

26989 MLK the Truth wrote: "The 13th Juror: The Official Transcript of the Martin Luther King Assassination Conspiracy Trial

For fourteen days in the winter of 1999, just blocks away from the site of Dr. King'..."


I was a crime and courts reporter for many years. No editing? Can't help but wonder how it holds interest for the average reader. Most people lack the attention span for that kind of drawn out detail.

How long is the book?


Self-Promotion for Authors by Larry Moniz Murder in the Pinelands (Inside Story) by Larry Moniz Dead Storage by Larry Moniz Molly's Revenge by Larry Moniz
Oct 03, 2011 02:21PM

26989 Elaine wrote: "The artwork and design is impressive. However, I found the letters in the semi-circle difficult to read, and the name of the author-illustrator is a bit faint. Perhaps it should be in bold, and t..."

Have to disagree. The purpose of a cover is to convey information and thereby sell books rather than being daring.

Self-Promotion for Authors by Larry Moniz Murder in the Pinelands (Inside Story) by Larry Moniz Dead Storage by Larry Moniz Molly's Revenge by Larry Moniz
Oct 03, 2011 02:18PM

26989 Mandi wrote: "I've heard to publish through createspace and then use lightning source also??"

That would cost more money than just Lightning Source. Why give Amazon an extra commission?
Oct 03, 2011 12:22PM

26989 Mandi wrote: "Ha ha, that's funny. :o) I wasn't sure if it was too bright, now I know. Lol. That is a really cute idea too. I am so afraid to put anything close to the edge though because on my last book, Autho..."

Try Lighting Source. They're a division of Ingram and for a few bucks extra, you get the benefit of Ingram Distribution reach via their catalogue. It's the largest book distributor in the world.
Oct 03, 2011 09:54AM

26989 Mandi wrote: "No, I really do want honest opinions. :) So do u think it is too bright? The boy on the cover is my character from my first book. Inside, Mortimer is hidden on each page. I wanted to do something a..."

Mandi, refreshing attitude. The cover doesn't convey much of anything. It's like a kaleidoscope or even a bad LSD trip (based on what I'm told by those who've done it). Here's an idea. If Mortimer is hidden on every page, why not have just a portion of him peeking in from the edge, maybe waving. Also, make him large enough to stand you. Remember, the cover is supposed to either set the stage for the content or entice readers in. Just my thoughts. Best,
Oct 03, 2011 09:49AM

26989 Paul wrote: "Hi Georgie. I tagged your paperback, too. Didn't know the word "regency" much less how popular it is.

Getting Well for the First Time"


Yes, lets be unethical, trade likes without reading the book and thereby make the Amazon ratings systems totally meaningless.



Murder in the Pinelands (Inside Story) by Larry Moniz Self-Promotion for Authors by Larry Moniz Dead Storage by Larry Moniz
Oct 03, 2011 08:56AM

26989 I'm sure you won't like my opinion, but it's based on 45 years in the publishing industry, including as a book publisher. Frankly, the colors smash you in the face yet do nothing to convey the book's purpose, nor does the boy holding up a logo-or is he part of the logo?
Oct 01, 2011 01:06PM

26989 Hi everyone,

My new novel "Dead Storage" will be debuting in late November. It is the second in the INSIDE STORY: series. Hope you like it.

Dead Storage by Larry Moniz



Murder in the Pinelands (Inside Story) by Larry Moniz
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Sep 30, 2011 09:00PM

26989 I'm confused. Why didn't the cover artist replicate a real U.S. Marshal badge? That badge isn't close to anything from the Marshal's service. All it would have taken is a visit to the website -- or a phone call to the Marshals P.R. Department. It fails to inspire confidence in the research that went into the writing. Just my view.

Self-Promotion for Authors by Larry Moniz Murder in the Pinelands (Inside Story) by Larry Moniz
Sep 30, 2011 12:00PM

26989 Germaine wrote: "My name is Germaine Chevarie and so far, I have written 2 books. My first book, "The Bequest" was published by Trafford in 2005, a fictional story about a woman who survived breast cancer. Amazingl..."

Welcome, but exercise caution. There's an amazing amount of misinformation and dis-information being circulated by aspiring authors who distort what they say to enhance their own position on Goodreads.
Sep 26, 2011 05:32PM

26989 Judy wrote: "Bryan....gets mad if it is not spelled right."

What?
Sep 26, 2011 05:30PM

26989 Debra wrote: "Larry wrote: "Debra wrote: "Yes, I debating about bringing my book for free to the local library and school libraries for that reason.

Not that I'd complain if there was a payment for authors like..."


It's only my personal opinion, but I don't understand why people twit. I once saw an interview with a Twitter "editor" who said the company has still to make money -- primarily because they still haven't developed a successful business model! Have no idea what he edits.
Sep 26, 2011 05:24PM

26989 Sheila wrote: "Larry wrote: "Debra wrote: "Yes, I debating about bringing my book for free to the local library and school libraries for that reason.

Not that I'd complain if there was a payment for authors like..."


Debra wrote: "Larry wrote: "Debra wrote: "Yes, I debating about bringing my book for free to the local library and school libraries for that reason.

Not that I'd complain if there was a payment for authors like..."


That sounds like a truly enlightened system. Wish I could say it about my town's library operation. Small town, tiny library and a library who doesn't even issue library cards. Like stepping back in time 100 years. Two computers for customers, but library confesses she has no idea how to use them. I'd pull her screaming and kicking into the 21st Century but, first, I'd have to get her out of the 1930s. Yikes.
Sep 26, 2011 04:48PM

26989 How about Edwin or Newman?
Sep 26, 2011 04:42PM

26989 Debra wrote: "Yes, I debating about bringing my book for free to the local library and school libraries for that reason.

Not that I'd complain if there was a payment for authors like what Canada has. But name e..."


Everyone comments about name exposure from libraries. My wife and I took our youngest grandson to a neighboring town today because they have a story program for toddlers. While she stayed with him, I wandered the library for more than an hour.

It's a respectable sized library for a moderate sized community.

Nowhere in the library did I find customers EXCEPT at the row of nine computers with Internet links. Those were totally full of adults from early 30s to 60-somethings.

I've spent similar amounts of time at other area libraries and all are similar, no customers for books. Thus, to say that a library will give an author exposure is, in my opinion, to perpetuate a mantra that ceased being realistic somewhere in the second half of the last century. I'm sure there are no studies, but I suspect the AVERAGE author gets more exposure on Facebook or Goodreads in a week than at the local library in a year.

Even the local library director said they get, on average, 125,000 visits per year. If today was any indication. 15 of the children were in the storytelling, accompanied by approximately 10 adults. The only others were those online.
Sep 26, 2011 12:12PM

26989 Meredith Bean wrote: "Debra, I couldn't agree more. Initial sales of my historic fiction to libraries increased my exposure and led to further book signings, book club invitations, and more readers. Moreover, because my..."

What have you been reading that makes you feel this way? Other than the links I posted, there's virtually no information that's been put out, that I'm aware of, except for reams of speculation by people who see things as they wish them to be than as they are.
Sep 25, 2011 03:40AM

26989 Debra wrote: "Yes, maybe we should actually be hoping to have our book in the library instead of being unhappy about it! Be among the chosen few and have our name and writing out there. Many authors become known..."

I pay my mortgage with my skills as a professional writer. After tens of thousands of bylines spanning nearly half a century, I'm unimpressed by having a book in a library -- unless it is fairly paying me. The one time I made an exception, it bit me in the butt. I offered print and CD copies of my books to the local library. The librarian said they would only accept them if I agreed to their selling them off! Talk about insulting! I then changed my mind about gifting them with my work product.
Sep 25, 2011 03:36AM

26989 Morgan wrote: "All the arguments in this forum have been made previously by print authors. In Canada we have a "Public Lending Right". We are paid for every library that has a copy of our print book. No reason it..."

Morgan, did I understand you correctly that it's an ANNUAL payment rather than a one-time royalty?
Sep 25, 2011 03:35AM

26989 Pia wrote: ""Neil Gaiman (and I'm afraid I've lost the link--sorry) is convinced that pirated copies actually do more to promote sales of his books than hurt them."

--If he's actually said that, I think that'..."


Neil Gaiman is entitled to his opinion.
Sep 25, 2011 03:21AM

26989 Debra wrote: "What difference are you seeing between a library buying a print copy and loaning it out many times and doing the same with an ecopy? I wonder if Amazon didn't do it because the libraries were wanti..."

No difference. That IS the point. Because most lending libraries are government funded, they've been getting away with intellectual property theft for decades.

Public libraries have been defeated by advancing technology, better education levels and, most importantly, decades of declining participation by residents. Better declining libraries than continued theft of intellectual property from the very authors who provide a reason library content.

Professional authors make their living from selling what they write rather than enjoying the dubious privilege of having a book in the local library.

Librarians are more interested in keeping their jobs than any fairness to authors.

Here's what Wikipedia says about library use: "As technology becomes increasingly available and digital information expands on a daily basis, academic library use is on the decline. Research libraries on college and university campuses are finding that 'gate counts and circulation of traditional materials are falling at many college libraries across the country, as students find new study spaces in dorm rooms or apartments, coffee shops, or nearby bookstores'."
The shift to electronic resources has many scholars and librarians worrying about the loss of a central community resource in physical libraries, whether they are at the university or public level.
University boards are becoming increasingly skeptical about new additions and library buildings since they cost so much. Many academics mourn the loss of a common culture of library use across campuses and communities while others hail the era of a new type of library with a new structure of knowledge and practical use. There has been a move to make the library seem more than a tool and storage house for books and information as different programs are offered and coffee bars are added; this is a huge transition from the traditional assumption of the library."

Suggest you read the following consumer and trade pub links to get a grasp of how the book industry views the situation with libraries. Numerous author/artist groups in several countries, and publishers, have an ongoing federal lawsuit to stop such piracy. Another suit was recently filed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/busine...
http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBrea...
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-to...
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/techno...
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/busine...
http://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/2...
http://www.gag.org/news/archived-news/go...
http://www.authorsguild.org/publications...
http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/art...
http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/art...
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