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Old 11-02-2010, 09:40 PM   #31
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Simon, you are a star doing this. It's is a great idea, I've uploaded my book but I had to use my meat-ground .mobi file from Smashwords because my computer is having some kind of cyber hissy fit. I'm hoping the formatting will be great but I have no way of looking at a .mobi file so if you give me the bum's rush I'll undertand!

I am now working my way through your reviewers page...

Cheers

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I still get a twitch when I see that Smashwords meatgrinder thing... actually Mark's instructions are great. You have a PC right? I know that because I can see this message. You download Calibre and/or Kindle for PC for free and look at your mobi file in there.

If you do get a review it would be great if you could post a comment thanking them. Here or on my site. I'll take a look at the books today - not enough coffee yet...

And thanks for the kind words.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:47 AM   #32
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Thanks for listing my book, Simon. You are providing a very valuable service and I wish you all the very best.

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I still get a twitch when I see that Smashwords meatgrinder thing... actually Mark's instructions are great. You have a PC right? I know that because I can see this message. You download Calibre and/or Kindle for PC for free and look at your mobi file in there.

If you do get a review it would be great if you could post a comment thanking them. Here or on my site. I'll take a look at the books today - not enough coffee yet...

And thanks for the kind words.
You're right, the meatgrinder instructions are excellent and I will have a go at Calibre or Kindle and see what I can do. As for thanking reviewers, bless you, I will certainly thank anyone who takes it on!

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Old 11-06-2010, 07:32 PM   #34
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Thanks MT - Over 25 quality indie books listed now. Check them out and if you're an author with a quality Indie book join the list.
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Thanks for including my novel The Losing Role, Simon. All the indie novels are here:

http://www.simon-royle.com/indie-books-authors/


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Old 11-07-2010, 03:03 PM   #36
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Thanks MT - Over 25 quality indie books listed now. Check them out and if you're an author with a quality Indie book join the list.
Simon, just curious...do you actually review each of the books on this list before adding them?
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Hi Mish!

I think Simon just reviews the manuscript and cover for obvious errors, but doesn't read the entire book or review.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:24 PM   #38
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Simon, just curious...do you actually review each of the books on this list before adding them?
Hi Mish,

Short answer, No. As Monique wrote, I do a quick check of the cover and the formatting. Then a slower check for obvious typos. If it passes those checks it goes up.

To date, using this system, I've made one error, which was quickly spotted by a member on this board (thanks Ficbot ). I alerted the author to the problems, and pulled the book. The author in question found the cause of the problems, fixed the errors and after another (more careful check) I reposted the book. A win for all concerned.

The longer answer is that I read some of the books and if I like them post a review (I think I'm crap at reviewing, especially compared to Ficbot, GraceKrispy and some of the reviewers on the Reviewers list I have on the site).

For the Indieviews section I read ALL the books of the authors I interview, this is so I can comment, honestly on the book when I do the interview. This is not a curl up on the sofa with a hot cup of cocoa read though; it's a speed read. Cram it in.

And then ... some of the books are right up my street and I read them for enjoyment (get away from the MS for a while). So far those books have been great, and have included:
- Heirs of Mars
- Sometimes That Happens With Chicken
- Snapdragon Alley (read it to my son and he loved it)
- The Summoning Fire
- The Losing Role (half way in)
- Remix (which jumped the queue and isn't even on the list yet; because the author sucked me in and it was good, flowing, quick read with a satisfying conclusion)

The reason I started the Indie Book and Author page was because I was sick of hearing that self-published (or Indie) books had one foot in the slush pile and the other in obscurity.

I am amazed and delighted at the talent I've found. When you couple that with the incredibly hard work that these authors put in; it's a pleasure to be associated with, and help, such people.
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Hi Simon.

Here is an author that grabbed my attention.
Moxie Mezcal
At the time I came across his (her?) book I have already set aside perhaps a dozen unfinished books in a row. Some of them were indie authors, some where published authors, a few were my favourite writers. Nothing helped. I couldn't finish a book. I was getting worried.

Then I saw The Concrete Underground ( http://moxiemezcal.com/main/page_ebo...derground.html ) being offered here and you know I can't resist an author offering his/her book for free to Mobileread members. I started to read. Oh boy! The description "punk-as-fuck guerrilla fiction" barely scratches the surface. Soon I was reading at frantic speed, wanting to know how the book will end.

The author describes himself:
Moxie Mezcal is a dangerous malcontent, a delusional megalomaniac, and a foul-mouthed Mexican-American glitterpunk with a penchant for black lipstick and bad wigs, who writes punk-as-fuck guerrilla fiction on MoxieMezcal.com and lives under an assumed name in San Jose, California.
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Moxie Mezcal is a dangerous malcontent, a delusional megalomaniac, and a foul-mouthed Mexican-American glitterpunk with a penchant for black lipstick and bad wigs, who writes punk-as-fuck guerrilla fiction on MoxieMezcal.com and lives under an assumed name in San Jose, California.
I think he is a she, but not sure

We have very similar tastes - I have read Concrete Underground. Great read. I have sent a few messages to Moxie asking if I can list her book; waiting on reply.
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I loved Moxie Mexcal's work. I've read a short and a longer by that author...
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I loved Moxie Mexcal's work. I've read a short and a longer by that author...
Good news. She got back to me today, and I'll be putting her book up. Think I'll also write a little post about her and what she's doing - with any luck she'll agree to an interview.
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Simon, this is working, I have had a few replies from reviewers willing to review my work. I am stoked!

Also wanted to let you know I posted about the link on KB, hope that drives some traffic your way.

thanks again for doing this!!

Off for a long weekend, back Tues, hope to hear from a couple more reviewers by then.

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Simon, this is working, I have had a few replies from reviewers willing to review my work. I am stoked!

Also wanted to let you know I posted about the link on KB, hope that drives some traffic your way.
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Thanks for posting the link Sharon, and very happy to hear that you've got some success through the page - that is great news. Hope the reviews are positive and that it converts into sales of your book.
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