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message 1: by Tana (last edited Aug 24, 2015 06:37PM) (new)

Tana (tana_t) | 14667 comments Mod
Hi have you read a book lately that should be on the best sellers list.

Find a great book here in our group? Let us know your thoughts and of course the title of the book and authors name.

Is there anything we can do as a group to promote the books better? Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Laura Gill Can we amend this to include the proviso that commenters not use this thread to pimp their own books? Of course we all think our own books should be best sellers. I just don't think that's the purpose of this thread.

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Tana (tana_t) | 14667 comments Mod
Your right Laura this thread is for books that we have read that are listed in the group that was a great read. There has been some fantastic books shared in this group. There are so many overlooked books and authors share with us your latest read!!

message 4: by Anne (last edited Aug 31, 2015 10:11AM) (new)

Anne Martin | 94 comments Well, I'm not able to decide what makes a bestseller. There is a matter of quality -that helps!-, but many other things are involved. The public you are writing for plays a big part, and obviously, ya books have been on various famous lists, because you read more when you are young, with your whole life ahead and more time available. You communicate more too, and by talking to your friends, physically or online, you start the bubble which may grow to million of sales. Something as trivial as fashion is involved, too. Paranormal stories are obviously popular, from Harry Potter to the Maze Runner, without forgetting Twilight. Or -how should I call it? mommy's porn, launched by the (in)famous Fifty Shades...
But the sad part is that so many good books remain unknown. I wish I knew a way to make some of them more famous. Among the books I read in the last twelve months, I loved many which are not bestsellers.
For instance, I discovered the trilogy by David Khara, the Bleiberg Project, the Morgenstern Project and the Shiro Project by chance, I believe, through netgalley. I read the second volume first, not knowing much about the books before I began devouring the three books and enjoying the idea and the characters more and more. I've heard afterwards they were bestsellers in France a couple of years ago, but they did not reach complete celebrity in America, sadly.
Recently, I found some excellent books here, in "making connections", offered by their authors to get some reviews. I have not had enough time to read them all, thanks to Windows 10 and the way it disrupted my computer. After fixing it, or thinking I had, I discovered ADE was not working... and I spent 3 days searching why. I still don't know but it started working again. I crossed my fingers, and hoped it was real. That was a safe bet.
The problem is that I have not had time to read all the books I obtained. It will be done in a few days, though.
What I can say it that Susan May has written a very nice thriller, and many other writers have created great books. to be finished tomorrow

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Anne Martin | 94 comments I was really taken by the story Susan May imagined in Back Again, where a mother tries anything possible to change the past and save her son's life. The touch of paranormal does not prevent us from enjoying the characters'study she has developed and the book gives you happy feelings at the end. In Deadly Messengers, the same author presents you with a horrifying story, sadly very possible as the drug here described, scopomaline, does exist. It tells you about the limits of moral boundaries and makes you shudder.
The Other Wife by Kathleen Irene Paterka was a great book too. The story of a man leading a double life grasps you, as the two wives, though very different are both interesting and nice, the kind of people you would like as friends.
J.M.Brown in Pretty Maidens has written a thriller with enough awful events and people to really scare you and give you an enjoyable evening with her book. For her, it's a debut novel, so we may expect a couple more to come...
And I still have more books I got from here I have not read yet (thanks to Windows... It seems ADE works if you use it as administrator. Just in case someone would be interested).
So, I probably have some nice surprises ahead...

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J.M. Brown (janbrown) | 37 comments Thank-you Anne for the mention. I have grown quite a lot as an author since my first novel was published. It's a different world from the career I just retired from but having worked in the psychiatric field for over thirty years helps me to create characters that are believable and real. When I started writing I had no idea what was ahead, such as all the time I would have to spend at promoting, marketing, social media, blogging etc. I thought that writing the novel was the hard part with all the editing and re-editing and choosing a decent book cover but it turns out that was nothing compared to trying to get people to know about me and my books. Getting lots of reviews sure helped and I'd like to thank-you again for doing that. Hope this group talk takes off for you. It will help a lot of struggling self-published authors out there that do have good books written.

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Liz (cvr_2_cvr) I read the Frank Friendship series and I loved it so much that I believe it should get more hype.
It's hilarious, unique, adventurous and mysterious, it's about relationships (father-daughter, son-mother, friendship)and hidden agendas.
There are unique, and not so unique characters. Some of pure innocence, others quite vile. Would not recommend to faint of heart, but if you dig a bit of dark humor you'll get numerous laughs out of these books.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments I've heard of the Friendship's books, but have no read them. JM, you must be right; once a novel is written the second part of work begins and it is not easier, unless you are famous enough not to care too much. It's never finished!

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Tabitha Vohn | 1 comments The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

I'd like to recommend this book as the anti-YA/Apocalyptic Novel. Like Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", this novel forges new grounds. Seriously, for heart and for being a captivating, intricate, complex story, it blows all the contenders in its genre out of the water. Its action-packed, suspenseful, and beautifully human.

I read this book as part of an author/reader discussion for The Next Best Book Club, and I'm so excited to have discovered it there and to be able to recommend it to other readers :0)

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Alison Brodie (alison_brodie) | 37 comments For all you romance lovers, have you heard of "Love Story" by Erich Segal? It was published decades ago but the story is still timeless. A classic.
Warning!!! You'd better have a bucket of Kleenex handy.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments this one was a best seller.

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Alison Brodie (alison_brodie) | 37 comments "was" a bestseller (in 1970) but not any more. Now it's forgotten. Some novels can be best sellers a second time round - and I think this should be one of them.

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Sherri Wilson Honestly, it's taking a lot of courage for me to post. Goodreads (and all of its rules) scares me sometimes! I just pop in from time to time, get recommendations, then run away.
But I just had to find a place to mention THE LIST TRILOGY by Chrissy Anderson. Last I heard the screenplay to the first book in the trilogy, THE LIFE LIST is under consideration. Chrissy's on Goodreads and I'll let her take over from here...

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Annie Matthews (anniebmatthews) | 2 comments I recently discovered Sarina Bowen. She writes NA romance and her main characters are brilliant. I like her books because she deals with very difficult topics and is totally inclusive.
I'd recommend if you like NA fiction :)

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Alicia Ehrhardt (aliciabutcherehrhardt) Sherri wrote: "Honestly, it's taking a lot of courage for me to post. Goodreads (and all of its rules) scares me sometimes! "

I think it's even harder for writers; after all, Goodreads is really a reader site, and I feel we're here on suffrage.

It's a bit intimidating, because EVERY author thinks they have 'the next bestseller.' But that choice is not up to the writer - it is the readers who give a book that designation.

I'm spending time here, getting to know a few people, trying to find readers who might be in my 'tribe' without annoying anyone. Writing was far easier - and that took fifteen years!

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Anne Martin | 94 comments I read recently the Judas disciple, by Chrys Cymri and liked it a lot. The book was witty and smart, two qualities not easy to find together. Plus it was (for me at least) a fascinating read. What more can you wish for?

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Anne Martin | 94 comments there is a series by H.L. Cherryholmes I really enjoy. It is called the Lizard Queen, and the first book is This Shrinking World. It goes on, as it is a long story, 9 books together. It's really pleasant, amusing and different. Try it!

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T.R. Robinson (t_r_robinson) | 76 comments Surely a best seller is a book that has a great engaging story and where the reading experience draws the reader in so as to identify, or at least feel they are there in the action. Those defined as 'classics' mostly fall into this scenario. There are good modern books but which will become best sellers is rather an unknown. There have been some surprises recently and clearly though popular not to everyone's taste.

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David Kummer | 30 comments One book that should be on the bestsellers list is The Claiming by Ike Hamill. He's a self-published author and it's fantastic.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments horror stories are not everyone's taste. Well, what is? but I don't like horror, not even Stephen King

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David Kummer | 30 comments I'm not a huge fan of him. Carrie is good, though. It (novel) isn't so good. Too long in my opinion.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments Yes, some of the early ones were good, but then he turned commercial, and just repeated himself.

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A. Benitez (billbenitez) | 12 comments This interesting topic peaked my interest. Being new to Goodreads as an author and publisher I’m facing the issue of a book that I feel should be a best seller. I didn’t write it; mine are how-to books unlikely to become best sellers.

My company, Positive Imaging, LLC, ( ) publishes books for other authors. Most of the time I do everything except the artwork since I start with a fully edited manuscript. My authors also do their marketing.

We just published book number 20 which was written by my wife, Barbara Frances. It should be a best seller. She’s written a great family saga set in 1951 rural Texas and entitled Like I Used to Dance ( ). She's a great writer and I wanted her book to have the best possible treatment, so I hired a professional for the cover design, editing, and promotion, a significant investment. We do have excellent reviews and several book signings set up. The book is already in some bookstores, and available worldwide on Amazon, but it’s not a best seller yet.

I feel like we took the right steps, and I’m taking more over the next few months, but I felt there should have been more of a response already. I guess that having a great book with an excellent cover may not be enough for best seller status.

I’m pushing ahead and doing much more to get it out there. If things improve, I’ll share that.


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Anne Martin | 94 comments What is roughly the book about?

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A. Benitez (billbenitez) | 12 comments Thanks Anne,

Below is the tagline and the blurb from the web site of Like I Used to Dance. Thanks for your question.


“Oh, Grace, our kids,” laughed Bud. “Where did we go wrong? One marries God, another a Jew and the last one, the devil!”

Texas, 1951. The Wolanskis—Grace, Bud and their three grown children—are a close-knit clan, deeply rooted in their rural community and traditional faith. On their orderly farm, life seems good and tomorrow always holds promise.

But under the surface, it’s a different story. Grace is beset by dark memories and nameless fears that she keeps secret even from Bud. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, fallen in love with a big-city Jewish girl. Youngest child Regina is trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive, alcoholic husband. Even “perfect” daughter Angela’s decision to become a nun takes an unforeseen turn.

And then Ceil Dollard breezes into town.

Ceil—wealthy, sophisticated, irrepressible—is like a visitor from Mars. She’s a modern woman. She drives a car and wears pants. She blows away tradition and certainty, forcing Grace to face her fears and brave a changing world. Through Ceil, Grace learns about courage and freedom—but at the risk of losing Bud.

Barbara Frances’ sparkling, richly human novel takes you back to a time when Ike was president and life was slower, but people were the same as now. You’ll encounter a cast of characters storm-tossed by change, held together by love. Written with compassion, humor and suspense, Like I Used to Dance will charm you, warm you and even squeeze a few tears, from its opening number to the last waltz.

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T.R. Robinson (t_r_robinson) | 76 comments Though the book sounds interesting A we need to bear in mind that, since the advent of self-publishing there is a plethora of memoir/autobiographical books, some good some not. Readers have been saturated as well as spoilt for choice. In addition I have come across reports recently stating 100,000 books are now being published EACH month. I empathize with you as, up to now, I have only published books in the autobiographical/memoir genre. Even my first novel, that is due to be published in the next couple of weeks, though primarily fictional has parts based upon actual events from my maternal grandparents lives.

I wish you all the best, especially considering the vast investment you appear to have made in the book. I sincerely hope your efforts are rewarded.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments self publishing is wonderful and very scary...

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A. Benitez (billbenitez) | 12 comments Thanks T.R.

I appreciate your good wishes. However, although Barbara certainly remembers many stories from her youth, this book is not a memoir not autobiographical and perhaps that an image that should be discouraged as we continue our promotion of the book. It is definitely fiction.

I know you're right about the numbers and it is staggering but we just have to keep moving forward and hopefully towards the top of the heap.

I wish you all the best with your new novel and appreciate your post. It has certainly made me think.


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T.R. Robinson (t_r_robinson) | 76 comments Anne wrote: "self publishing is wonderful and very scary..."

At first it is Anne but after a very short period it just falls into place. As with writing and everything else in life, you simply need to persevere.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments I know. The problem is 100,000 books a month does not make sense. Out of them, half -maybe- are not worth it. I don't think the problem is genre related, there is a general inflation and even among books that are famous, you may be disappointed. I read PW, kirkus and a few other publishing news and would not be able to read all the books said to be great!

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T.R. Robinson (t_r_robinson) | 76 comments Anne wrote: "I know. The problem is 100,000 books a month does not make sense. Out of them, half -maybe- are not worth it. I don't think the problem is genre related, there is a general inflation and even among..."

Indeed Anne 100,000 is off putting and no doubt many are of poorer materiel. However, this is a bit of a two-edged sword situation. It is is advent of self-publishing that has permitted this but without it many of us would not have the opportunity to see our own books in print. Which would we prefer?

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A. Benitez (billbenitez) | 12 comments I agree with T.R. The number of books is daunting but I certainly doubt that any of my books would have seen the light of day without self-publishing. So, for me I just keep moving forward and finding new ways to get my message across. I may never get rich but I am doing what I love. I will take that no matter how many books are been published.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments That is why I began by saying it is wonderful. The problems linked to it have to be solved, though I don't know how. Many books would gain to be better edited, but it's too expensive. Some should even be better directed, because the author gets lost...
That used to be the publisher's work. Maybe something will appear and ease the problems...

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T.R. Robinson (t_r_robinson) | 76 comments Anne wrote: "That is why I began by saying it is wonderful. The problems linked to it have to be solved, though I don't know how. Many books would gain to be better edited, but it's too expensive. Some should e..."

Maybe Anne but in all honesty I am not holding my breath. Let us continue to hope whilst we plow ahead.

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A. Benitez (billbenitez) | 12 comments I can't speak for fiction because my wife is the fiction writer and we definitely invested a lot in editing and promotion but I can address how I do my non-fiction, how-to books.

For editing it involves several steps but the most important is using grammarly as a tool for editing and learning so I don't repeat the same errors. After grammarly then I wait for a couple of weeks and edit everything again and I repeat that process.

Next I find at least six and perhaps ten people to read my draft in pdf by promising a free autographed copy when published. Obviously these are folks who know something of the subject. I've had great luck with this. When I did my book on self publishing I got three typewritten pages from one person with invaluable information that improved my book significantly and it was almost all about organization. That information has helped me with all my other books and all it cost me was one copy of the book. An extraordinary bargain.

Barbara had four or five people read her book and two of them had really helpful suggestions. The others just enjoyed it and gave us a great review. Again the price was only a few books. I didn't expect much back with her book because we had put so much into the editing.

Anyway, that's what helps me to improve my books.

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Margaret Mary Lynch | 1 comments Games People Play by Owen Mullen is, in my opinion one of the best books I have ever read (and I love reading) I think it should be a best seller.
It is a crime thriller set in Scotland and it has everything to keep you turning the pages, mystery, suspense, drama, romance, and plenty of surprises. His characters are engaging and as soon as you think you know who is responsible, he take you in another direction. I love his style of writing and thoroughly recommend this book.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments For those who liked last year Truth and other Lies, and many others, I was advised to read Waterloo, Waterloo, by Teresa Waugh, published by Endeavour Press. It is a short read, with characters a bit selfish, a bit silly, a bit greedy, but nothing too out of norms -although no one is likeable or even really normal. The book left me with a feeling of desolation... If human beings are like that, stay away from them!
A little gem of nastiness. It made me shiver.
The name comes from the oldest man of the family, who love playing with toy soldiers and reenacts the battles of Napoleon.
"Soudain, joyeux, il dit "Grouchy". C'etait Bluecher." Waterloo was the end of Napoleon's dreams of grandeur, here it's the end of a family.
The causticity of this book is horrible. Nasty, cruel, and logical. a very sad book, written with a delicate precision. I don't think you can escape the cold that invades you have read it. Human? none of then is but don't expect horrible things. It is daily lives, empty, useless. To read.

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Knockin' Books (knockinbooks) | 15 comments For all you fans of PNR and urban fantasy out there, we read Blood Hunger (Deathless Night Series #1) by L.E. Wilson and loved it! Full review here:

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Anna | 5 comments To my mind Collective Mind have to be a bestseller! I'm surprised that people doesn't have interest to that book. As for me I respect the author's idea that all the people can unite their intelligence in one PC device and this device can generate ideas how to overcome incurable disease including carcinoma.

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Justin (justinbienvenue) | 785 comments While I don't have a recent book that I've read that I think should be a best-seller I will say that getting to best-seller status isn't easy! Last month my poetry book went all the way to #3, the two books ahead of it were written a few years back and 200 years back!

So what am I getting at? Well there's many books we think should be best-sellers including our own but it's a shame that sometimes these books don't reach that status because of older books that have had plenty of time to be best-sellers. It's time these books we recommend and our own get to best-seller status as well.

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Anne Martin | 94 comments I disagree, Justin. Beautiful books or poems have been written years or centuries ago, but that is not a reason to stop reading them.

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Justin (justinbienvenue) | 785 comments Anne wrote: "I disagree, Justin. Beautiful books or poems have been written years or centuries ago, but that is not a reason to stop reading them."

Oh I'm not saying they should stop being read I'm just saying they shouldn't be in the Top 5 because they've had plenty of years to be there. They can be in the Top best-sellers just not the very top.

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Charles James | 3 comments I am new to the group and find this an interesting thread. What makes a good book... or a bestseller? I think that everyone has a slightly different answer to the question, or some unknown books that I find fantastic would be automatic bestsellers, and some famous bestsellers wouldn't even feature!
Literature is subjective. Everyone sees things differently!
Of the books that I have read recently one stands out in particular. Now I have to admit I like this author and his style of writing, but when I saw that Andy Lang had written an epic fantasy I wasn't sure. I really enjoy his contemporary fiction books about human trafficking, so I wasn't sure the jump to fantasy was going to work. But I was wrong and I absolutely love Gondell's Quest - Destiny by Andy Lang Gondell's Quest - Destiny.
I read this some months ago and have subsequently re-read it several times since, each time finding something new.
I have always loved The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so when I saw it compared to works by Tolkien I was sceptical, but I now agree, although the narration is written in a slightly more modern voice. The characters are absolutely believable and relatable, and I actually became so involved in the plot that at times I worried for the safety of several of the more endearing characters.
But isn't that the very essence of a good book? Shouldn't it transport you to another place, or time, or world.. and make you believe?

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