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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2010 10:58:48 AM PDT
Todd Hunter says:
See, now was that so hard? ;-)

Thanks for the feedback...always like to receive it. Also glad that it comes off as fairly standard space opera fare, since space opera is what I write. :-)

The first line was chosen to give the reader an immediate cue that what they're reading is a dream that they don't get confused by the scene break later.

Thanks again!

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 2:42:59 PM PDT
Peter Piper says:
Quoting D. L. Mains: "Everyone who picks up a book is a potential critic. You cannot place your work, good or bad, with the largest retailer in the world and expect to please everyone ... This is the nature of the beast..."
"PJ, having your book mentioned several times on this thread gets attention. People are going to check out the book and decide for themselves. If nothing else, you have created traffic to your book page."

D. L. Mains, I have a feeling you may be about to say "I told you so". Since my exchange with Ronald last week, six people have bought the Kindle version of Passengers to Sentience for 99 cents and I've sold a paperback for the first time in four months. Another six people have downloaded the 50% sample. I've just checked again now and one of the 50% samples has been converted to a full download.

This must seem pretty slow progress to an experienced author but what pleases me is that those customers all made an informed choice, based on their own taste and judgement. Each of those customers read the introduction as it still stands and/or tried the sample.

DL, Thank you for your advice and my thanks to the readers who followed their instincts.

Peter Salisbury

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2010 7:24:47 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2010 10:50:52 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Well ... this is a cheeky first, someone posting here *wanting* us to look at their stuff!

My entire worldview is ... crumbling.... :D

(Zahid, I found your Amazon Shorts list, but I didn't see links to the two you mention above... ???)

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 6:49:32 PM PDT
D.L. Mains says:
Peter - While there is no way to verify if your sales were a direct result of your posting here, if that was your only marketing activity within that time frame, then it could be likely. Remember, in this business, any publicity is good publicity.

Ronald - Look here: The Dark Gift

I looked inside...In my opinion, I'm afraid Mr. Zaman certainly qualifies for this thread, although the genre isn't sci-fi.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2010 6:03:08 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
D.L. ... oh, gee, thanks loads (of donna meat?) for finding what wasn't really lost! :P

Oh good gods:

"Hello,'" It was a woman's voice, his ears suddenly pricked up.

"Hello," he replied as he swallowed a load of donna meat.

"Is that Asian prince I am speaking to?" she enquired in an perfectly upper class English tone which was so feminine that he was trying to picture the woman on the other end in a seductive little skimpy dress.

* * * * *

I regard myself as a rather clever linguist, but I have yet to achieve the rare trick of phonation while swallowing.

Otherwise, I don't see what you're objecting to. I mean, every time I speak to a British woman on the phone, I can't help visualizing feather boas. And corgis! Oh ye gods, the corgis! Ooooor!

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 5:17:44 PM PDT
Renegade Paladins, by YS Pascal. 99 cents on Kindle. Okay, I lied. The book is beautifully written and spiced with thrills and humor. But, hey, you can't just live on a diet of burgers and fries, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2010 4:41:31 PM PDT
I agree with D.L., especially on the point that criticism means that, at the very least, people are LOOKING.

As I told my husband: his book is his baby. He grew it, nurtured it, protected it, but now it's time to send it out onto the playground where it will have to fend for itself and he'll have to accept the criticism gracefully.

So please feel free to criticize "Pale Boundaries" available in both print and Kindle, Search Inside enabled. (Sorry hon)

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 11:10:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 4, 2010 11:10:29 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Somehow it seems less urgent (and entertaining?) when the self-publishing POD people start flogging their stuff here....

Anyway, we have another live one, in the category of SCI-FI FARM PORN:

Animal Porn

Moooooooooooo! :O

(I was rendered speechless, like a dumb animal, by the very first page. This is the real sh... um ... shtuff, people!)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 12:00:30 AM PDT
terzap says:
You made it farther than I did. I was rendered speechless at the price for a 50 page book.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 6:06:12 AM PDT
Paul Cassel says:
Good one, Ronald!! Here is 'About the Author'

"Harold Burl was born on May 28, 1977 and grew up in the Los Angeles area. Contemplating his childhood abuse, and severe mental illness, prompted his authoring ANIMAL PORN. He desires that others learn from his life experiences, and mistakes, through his literary work. By doing so, destructive cycles can cease and productive ones can initiate for future generations. Acknowledging no friends nor existing family, Harold finds solace in solitude as he slays his demons one at a time. "

Clearly a guy who you'd call a 'tard, eh? Go get 'em, Ronnie!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 8:52:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2010 8:53:31 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Um, actually I don't think I would ever call anyone a "'tard" in public, Paulie, unless it were completely clear I was doing it in jest and intentionally in bad taste. That said, we did use to refer to fans of the new "McDune" prequel (Prelude/House & Legends) books as "pretards" for a while, but that soon gave way to "preeqs" and "Prequelites". KJA fan, huh?

ILmQP: Whoa! I didn't even consider the dollar/page ratio. Ouch. Maybe it gets MUCH MUCH better past the sample?


Posted on Apr 22, 2010 9:04:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2010 9:17:31 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:

Wake up, people, we have a new entry:

Dawn of the Shadow (The Shadow Series)

Found it on Smashwords here:


Stories like anything have a beginning and an end, and this is no different. In a time before man, before Dinosaurs, the planet we know as earth had another master. Cromanuts, a race of beings with a power that controlled most of the galaxy. They possessed technology that made them both loved and hated by many. This hatred started a war between the Cromanuts and another powerful race known as the Sumerians. For a century, these races faced one another in a conflict that caused the deaths of countless numbers on both sides. ...

Cromanuts? Nuts? Did he mean "-nauts", you think? (And maybe "Chrono-" instead of "Croma"? Surely not "Chroma-"! "Chromonauts ... Adventurers in the Worlds of Color!")

Kinda makes me think of a breakfast cereal....

Lest you think Mr Kelly's "Let me tell, Tell, TELL!!! you a story" approach ends at the prologue, there's this:

Chapter 1

Time passed and new rulers of the land became in control of the planet. The world of Cromanuts came and went. A race similar but very different had control of the planet now known as Earth. Humans were vastly different having far less technological abilities than the Cromanuts. Life on the world had changed, but some things had remained the same, the weapon that threatened to change the fate of millions remained unfound, until today. ...

"Became in control of the planet"? I apologize to Mr Kelly in advance if I am mistaken in this, but I've been assuming from his name that he is a native speaker of English. And I'm also sorry, but THAT is not a normal English way of phrasing that. Try "gained control", maybe?

Similar but different, no, VASTLY different. Oh, come on, which is it?!

But fear not, seekers after masochistic literary delights, there is dialogue. Of a sort...

"Hey Pete, come on man try and keep up." said Tim.

Tim Davis, a tall young man with charm and humor leads the group of bikers. Athletic and strong with short brown hair Tim is someone that commands attention from everyone around him; he is 21 years old.

"Hey guys after we're done here lets head over to Dave's house, the field hockey team is practicing across the street again." said Mark.

Mark Markinson a young man with many secrets and even more jokes. A little shorter than Tim, Mark is stronger with thick brown hair and thick fists. Smart and ingenious with computers, Mark aids his friends looking out for them to a point.

"Pete come on the branches won't hurt you." said Mark laughing.

"You try riding an 18 speed with a bad back, I feel like I am 50." said Pete.

Tim and Mark laugh as they fall behind while Pete tries to catch up with his friends. The comic relief of the group who looks for a laugh more than anything else. ...
Comic relief would be nice about this point. Standard usage of punctuation would be even nicer.

I sincerely hope Peter Kelly has cleaned the thing up for the Kindle version. But seeing that the publication date here on Amazon is February 1, 2010, and that the date of his joining Smashwords is the same (well, the same but slightly different: 01 Feb, 2010), I kinda-sorta doubt he did.

Dire. Avoid at ANY cost!

Posted on May 23, 2010 2:41:51 PM PDT
terzap says:
Gahhh, I saw a good one today over in the Have You Written A Sci Fi Book display case, and was so underwhelmed by the pitch, I went to look at the listing. No cover art. I downloaded the sample. I had to stop reading after the first three paragraphs and rush over here, only to find out that it impressed me so much that in less than ten seconds I'd forgotten the title.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2010 11:07:14 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Hmm... Was it this one? Dac Danielson

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2010 11:30:32 AM PDT
terzap says:

Posted on May 24, 2010 12:01:05 PM PDT
Sophia says:
It looks like you have some great potential Bulwer-Lytton entries.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2010 8:15:30 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
LOL. Are they even that good?

terzap, if you still have a copy of the sample, could you post a few paragraphs here? I don't have a Kindle and the Mac app didn't like my machine, and I haven't been able to find an off-site sample yet. :)

Posted on May 28, 2010 8:26:02 AM PDT
M. Helsdon says:

The author appears to have given each volume a five-star review rating.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2010 6:33:32 PM PDT
terzap says:
Sorry to have not replied, Ronald, wasn't ignoring you, just got caught up with Real Life. I didn't realize you can't copy and paste from the Kindle for PC. (I had the issue too with a Mac, of not being able to see the samples, now I have one of each again.) So... dang, I guess I'll try to screen shot and OCR it at least, to save some retyping.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2010 5:16:02 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Urk! MH, that's Photoscribe's stuff! LOL.

Did you watch any of the promotional videos in the "reviews"? RIPPING good stoff! :D

Thanks, terzap. No need to go to any bother, unless it's really worth a giggle or two! :)

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 5:27:21 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Oh, goodness!

The video "reviews" on The Last Voyage Of The Cassiopeia: A Novel Of Adventure And The Human Condition (Volume 2) are SIMPLY AMAZING!

You will believe a GIANT SPACESHIP can fly! You will be amazed by the word "ginormous" used in complete seriousness!

AAAAAAAAH HA HA HA HA HA HA! I'm sorry, I can't go on! Back to the viddies! (They're on every book, I think!)

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 9:12:53 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2010 1:10:54 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
and Grind?

(Hey! Minds out of the gutter! I'm thinking kayaking!)

Any new books for the thread?

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 5:45:52 AM PDT
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