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Old 10-09-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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My Smashwords ebook filter

Just a note to let you know about my Smashwords ebook filter – I monitor the Smashwords home page for work I think has merit. My eyes pass over any mention of elves, dragons, conspiracy theories, gay sex, or indeed porn of all descriptions, and I'm not personally much of a sci-fi buff. I usually also ignore any ebook that's shorter than 30,000 words. Delving into the samples of what's left over is time-consuming and rather depressing, but when I find something good it all becomes worthwhile.

I also follow up independent recommendations and reviews. So far I have listed only a couple of dozen titles; typically I'll add four or five a week.

You can easily subscribe and have posts delivered to your inbox so you don't have to bother checking the site itself.

I don't pretend to catch every bit of talent that arrives at Smashwords, but you might find this a handy service to back up whatever investigations you make on our own account.

Full details are here, and this is the home page. I hope you like my recommendations!
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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Richard, I like your recommendations very much. Thanks so much for including mine.
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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I had to chuckle when I first read this. Your filter is probably similar to what I do subconsciously. I've just never seen it put so directly. It's liable to ruffle the feathers of struggling writers who focus on those very things you filter out. However, I am glad that someone is out there critiquing independent novels for the benefit of the rest of us. Thank you very much. Your site has been bookmarked.
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:07 AM   #4
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@SlowRain: Thanks -- I'm probably missing some good stuff by ignoring all those dragon sagas, but life is too short.

@Shayne: Your work is great and deserves a wider audience. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:03 AM   #5
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Why filter out those with fewer than 30,000 words ?
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:09 PM   #6
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Why filter out those with fewer than 30,000 words ?
Good question. I wanted to concentrate on longer work, but I take your point and will include shorts from now on as well. As a matter of fact I had already included one (Suki Michelle's Mirage). Thanks for setting me straight
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:46 PM   #7
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Just a word to say I am updating the filter again, and am back online after losing my internet connection for six weeks. I am currently trawling through the Smashwords "any" pages in search of treasure ... not a job for the faint of heart!
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...am back online after losing my internet connection for six weeks...


Good luck with the quest.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:28 AM   #9
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So I suppose my short novel on gay libidinous elves investigating the dragons Freemasonry will never make the cut
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:53 AM   #10
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Sorry, Altoanto, but the plot had no incest and I found no mention of the Turin Shroud and a mysterious brotherhood who control the destiny of the universe.

I would suggest a rewrite, but that would be presumptuous and impugn your artistic integrity ...
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Damn, I would but I'm pretty sure Dan Brown patented most of these...
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