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Initial post: Jan 27, 2012 8:01:01 AM PST
Good morning all. Many readers are frustrated trying to find books that interest them without wading through a multitude of non-applicable posts. I would like to thank Shannon Bailey and Emma Daniels who have started many genre based promo threads to help readers find books of interest. I have added a few and watched as they rapidly fall from the top of the list. Many of us have asked Ammy to make these some type of "sticky" threads so that they would be readily accessible to author and reader alike but this request has been ignored. As another attempt to help I have comprised a list of these threads with links which is located @ http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet%20our%20authors/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2UYC1FC06SU8S&cdThread=Tx36ZNWSEBFXG5S

Hopefully this will make it easier to find a book you will enjoy!

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 8:20:55 AM PST
I hope this helps you authors out, Michael.
I've been popping on here and there trying to bump the threads for genres that I like but then they disappear so quickly again!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 8:34:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2012 9:25:51 AM PDT
Yes, it does help but it sure would be sweet if Ammy would stick this thread at the top of the list. Originally some thought that it would be good to stick all the genre threads at the top but that would not be fair to the authors that have discussion threads. Surely 1 sticky thread under their "Announcement" thread could be accomplished without too much difficulty. Thank you very much for the help and we'll keep trying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 9:04:02 AM PST
Zen Druid says:
Thanks Michael, I like the new genra threads in my quest for books. That little bit of organization has made the MOA more user-friendly. Wish they would make them a little easier to find, but I don't mind wading through the back pages for them.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 10:15:10 AM PST
Hey Zen! *waving*

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 11:06:37 AM PST
Thanks Michael, I'll be over there after work checking it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 12:16:26 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
Thanks for the link, Michael James!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 12:28:25 PM PST
Zen Druid says:
Hey Charlene! Have a nice weekend!!.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 1:54:11 PM PST
You too, Zen!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 5:57:42 PM PST
What a good idea to let everyone here know about your list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 8:01:29 PM PST
Please help pass the word among the readers and we'll see how this evolves. Hopefully it will be better for all. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 8:30:58 PM PST
I have the links for the genres I read filed in my Outlook. And I already visited.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 6:13:36 AM PST
Readers, does the list help you find what you are looking for?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 11:30:28 AM PST
I have been over several times and have been tempted to buy. I just have my personal challenge for 2012, to read 5 books from my paperback TBR before allowing myself to buy more books (and not more paperbacks) until I am down to about 20. But it's good to know where to find new books. I have pasted the links for the genres I am interested in, in my Outlook. So again, thanks, Michael, I believe what you did is exactly how Amazon and readers had hoped the MOA would work.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 5:42:34 AM PST
Readers,

What do you think of the genre threads? It would appear that most authors still prefer to post their works in a general thread such as "Promote Your Book Here" or "Post your shameless plug here", etc. Is this what the readers prefer? Do you like wading through all the posts to find the one book that you just can't wait to read?

Thanks,
Michael

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 5:44:25 AM PST
My TBR is really backed up right now, but I have still been popping in over there and bumping once in a while. I do think those threads make it a little easier to track down what I am looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 5:54:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 5:54:54 AM PST
Scamp says:
Michael James, I think the genre threads are a really good idea. It was tried by a few authors when the MOA first started. They were largely ignored by most of the authors. I'm not sure why this is.

Most readers I have seen posting on the subject have stated they do not like to wade through the myriad odd threads for book promos.

Truthfully, I think authors who are concerned with the promotional mess should do a little internal PR (or perhaps more like rabble rousing or even, dare I say, self-policing) over there and try and persuade fellow authors to attempt to form something closer to a community concept rather than a free-for-all that is nothing but wall-to-wall advertisements.

More actual discussion threads, ones that actually invite readers to be a part of it and not just there to pose questions of authors and *listen* to authors talk about themselves, would actually draw more people to the forum, IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 6:18:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 6:23:34 AM PST
Scamp, I agree. I don't understand the reasoning for all the "promotional mess". I started a thread some time back to discuss some kind of organization in the MOA forum but received very little support from authors. I even got flamed by a few! I guess the difference is that I am realistic enough to know that I will never be able to make a living as an author.

Yes, I have written one book, I like it when someone reads the book, and I love it if they enjoy it. What I am trying to say is that I am a reader first and I like finding new authors but must it be so difficult? I don't enjoy some genres so why in the world would I want to wade through so many unwanted posts to get to the gem I desire?

Discussion threads are excellent but the MOA forum has evolved into the same unorganized disaster that the Kindle Book forum was. Because it is legal in the MOA forum there are way too many "drive by" promotional postings with absolutely nothing to add to the discussion. I think I am rambling now so I will end this post, watch things for a while, and see how this evolves. I will keep trying but I think I have already ruffled quite a few feathers in the MOA arena. :0

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 6:47:11 AM PST
I think it's a great idea and have added my info. I haven't been on the boards long at all, so I didn't see the initial reaction to these - but I'm curious: Why did some authors have an issue and flame you for them? It seems counter-intuitive to be upset at something that tries to make it easier for readers to find the genres they like.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 6:52:46 AM PST
Scamp says:
It's not difficult to ruffle feathers over there. I stay outta there myself.

There are some authors who consider anybody telling them or advising them of anything to be an affront to their dignity, independence, free speech, or [fill in the blank]. Well to be fair, there are plenty of people like that.

I have no data to back this up, but I believe that these naysayers are a very, very small minority of authors. It's just that they are vocal and often strident. IOW, I don't think it's just readers who avoid the forum; I think a heck of a lot of authors wouldn't want to be *seen* there.

I believe that more authors would join you over there if there were compelling discussions that were genuinely interactive with readers. It seems that most authors either choose to hang out in other forums with readers or simply do not become involved at all.

I very much sympathize with you, and I think a lot of authors, perhaps the silent majority, would agree with your position.

>>Discussion threads are excellent but the MOA forum has evolved into the same unorganized disaster that the Kindle Book forum was. Because it is legal in the MOA forum there are way too many "drive by" promotional postings with absolutely nothing to add to the discussion.<<

Yeah, this Kindle Book forum *was* the MOA, just not in name. This is why some of us here stick our necks out [ripe for the chopping] to try and clear this place out. I wish there were more of us to do the same in the other genre forums.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 6:59:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 7:03:06 AM PST
Mary, I wish I understood the reasoning myself. Most authors still post their promos on threads labeled "Promote Your Work Here" or "Indie Authors, help me find you" or "Post Your Shameless Plug Here"... I am definately in the minority here it seems. Perhaps it would help if a non author would start a thread in the MOA forum to raise the question of some symblance of organization. Thanks for the input.

Edit: After reading Scamp's post... perhaps some of you have already tried this and the vocal minority still rules. It seems I have taken on quite a task. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 7:25:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 7:26:14 AM PST
Scamp says:
Although readers have voiced opinions similar to mine, none have tried to put up a pitch thread on it at the MOA.

Under other circumstances I would offer to help. I have to admit my heart isn't really in it at this point. I do have an aversion to the place that would prevent me from being a positive force.

How about some other reader or readers? Maybe someone (or someones) who is not very controversial...?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 7:42:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2012 5:46:51 AM PST
I understand your aversion, as most of the MOA forum rubs me the wrong way as well. The sad thing is that the authors who genuinely care about their prospective audience are hurt by the mayhem. Perhaps someone will take on this daunting task. Until then I will continue to participate in the Kindle Book Forum where I can always find a thread of interest. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 7:57:14 AM PST
AmeliaAT says:
I greatly prefer genre threads, myself.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 6:10:46 AM PST
FYI to all. I have added a few more genre links to the list. Let me know if there are any that need to be added. Thanks.
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