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Jun 30, 2014 04:31PM

55537 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.
Jun 28, 2014 07:23AM

55537 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.
Jan 26, 2014 04:45AM

55537 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.
Dec 29, 2013 11:04AM

55537 @PJ, Goodreads is like that! Being here has changed my perspective in ways I can't even count right now.
Dec 28, 2013 01:28PM

55537 More thoughts.
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.
Dec 28, 2013 12:16PM

55537 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.
Dec 04, 2013 02:06PM

55537 Happy to see those deleted. Unethical of course.
Nov 18, 2013 02:22PM

55537 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.
Nov 18, 2013 02:14PM

55537 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!!!
Oct 16, 2013 09:39AM

55537 Barbara wrote: "And Mark Coker's words on all this:..."

Sensible words as usual.
Oct 14, 2013 09:51PM

55537 PS. I was pretty excited to have 1 sale at Kobo fairly recently. :) It only took a couple of years.
Oct 14, 2013 09:50PM

55537 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.
55537 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.
May 04, 2013 02:26AM

55537 @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]
May 03, 2013 02:32PM

55537 @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.
Mar 31, 2013 03:22AM

55537 I've got my towel, clutched to me :}
Mar 31, 2013 01:49AM

55537 Hi Barbara. Not quite yet, I meant -- it comes into effect 'in the second quarter 2013', I saw. I do panic but hey...
Mar 30, 2013 11:59PM

55537 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.
Mar 28, 2013 04:45PM

55537 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.
Mar 28, 2013 04:13PM

55537 He what?
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