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Initial post: Jul 19, 2012 7:08:00 AM PDT
Jed Fisher says:

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 2:57:39 PM PDT
timber9762 says:
I'm hoping this is actually a forum for the authors (getting a little nervous with the game-changing!) but here goes.
"Hello." =) What? More? Sure. I'm H. Leighton Dickson, author of "To Journey in the Year of the Tiger" and "To Walk in the Way of Lions", here for your summer enjoyment on Kindle! The books have only been up for three weeks and are doing very well, so that has been a huge encouragement as I pursue trade publishing with my third book. I love getting the reviews, both good and bad, as it all helps me become a better writer. This is part of one that just came in this morning:

"In a field so often swamped by Tolkien clones, what a refreshing change this book is! The premise -- a feudal Asiatic civilisation in which anthropomorphic cats occupy different castes based on race (lions, tigers, etc.) -- is intriguing in itself. On this foundation, the author builds a richly-described world of heroic fantasy, with a "hard" science fiction concept at its core. That amalgam can be difficult to pull off, but Dickson does it well. In fact, the cross-genre tension drives the plot and unfolds the mystery behind the tale."

Much, much appreciated! For all who might want to check it out, Tiger is available here:
To Journey in the Year of the Tiger (Tails from the Upper Kingdom Book 1)

Cheers, and chat soon, HLDickson

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 3:28:27 PM PDT
What the hell--I'll risk getting modded to promote my book.
The Game Called Revolution (Infini Calendar)

Taking place during a French Revolution that is familiar yet very different, this steam-powered story depicts the adventures of the Ordre de la Tradition, a group of elite knights and other exceptionally talented individuals, led by the cool and confident Jeanne d'Fleur, who answer only to His Majesty, King Louis XVI.

On July 14, 1789 (Infini Calendar), the Ordre is called to the Bastille to investigate a mysterious message that has appeared in the cell which formerly belonged to the diabolical Marquis de Sade. While they are there, the prison suddenly comes under attack by an agry mob. They soon discover that this is not an isolated incident; the Palace at Versailles is also besieged around the same time.

Why is this happening? Will the Ordre be able to save the monarchy from assassination? How is the Jacobin Club involved in this? What strange powers does the Count of Saint-Germaine possess? What is the secret of Jeanne's left eye? Is that sadistic Austrian woman friend or foe?

Available on Kindle for $2.99 or paperback starting at $11.99.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 3:30:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 19, 2012 3:31:06 PM PDT
Figure it out for yourselves.


Amazon Community Team says:

Amazon recently created a new community for authors. The `Meet Our Authors' community is designed to give authors a space to engage with one another and promote their latest and greatest works.

With the advent of the new community, we will no longer allow self promotional posts in other communities. Starting on Monday, May 16th, all "shameless self promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community. Promotional threads outside of these forums will be removed.

We invite authors and interested readers to come join the discussion at:

We look forward to seeing you!

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 3:34:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 19, 2012 4:24:36 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Hi guys, please note that Jed has been nice enough to provide the readers of this forum a link to a specific thread in the forum reserved for authors' promotional activities (MOA or Meet Our Authors). It is not an invitation for authors to self promote in this thread, though adding your stuff to the thread in his link would be a good idea:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012 4:38:42 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 5:26:06 AM PDT
K. Stacey says:
Surprisingly enough, there are words in the OP that continue on with the title of the thread. Who'd've thunk?

~K. Stacey
"By your Command."

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 10:56:59 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2012 8:30:45 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 1:10:38 PM PDT
I'm #8 and #9

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 4:32:53 PM PDT
Jed Fisher says:
I'm Number 10, a talented author trying to increase awareness of the existance of the Meet our Authors forum.
It's no surprise my attempt to bring the Meet our Authors promotional forum to the attention of browsing readers met with a band of trolls.
It's like, a reader acting in good faith goes and looks for Science Fiction and is confronted with Shady Grey and Thrones and clicks on one of those books and sees the product page and wonders, "WTF? That's not Sci-fi."
So they scroll down and find the Science Fiction forum, to maybe look for a book there. No luck, it's all discussions about how indies suck and what-not. So they just set the Kindle aside and watch TV or something. To be fair, all indie-bashing should also be sequestered to a separate forum as well.
This banishment of promotional posts to the MOA has killed sales overall. The Kindle is losing readers because of it and `zon is losing money because of it and I boldly predict the ban on self-promotion outside the MOA will end some day soon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 4:42:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 4:48:50 PM PDT
Maybe a little more posturing, er, explaining in your OP could have set things off in the right direction, instead of just slapping up a link without comment? Apparently not all of your fellow sci-fi enthusiasts are as 'talented' as you, and obviously didn't understand your intent, so of course they immediately took the opportunity to self-promote, like immature school-children who'd been given some kind of magic 'opt out of Amazon TOS' card...

Pity you couldn't post something nice and simple as Tom Rogers did, to indicate you would like to discuss sci-fi books over on the MOA. Instead of taking control of 'your' thread, you let it dangle in the wind for two days before coming back to wimper about 'teh trolls.' Very impressive from a self-proclaimed 'talented author.'

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 4:58:52 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 9:24:40 AM PDT
Jed Fisher says:
Well, I pity her. She's obviously a long-term victim of the Trad Pub industry with a very bad case of Stockholm Syndrome.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 11:05:27 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 10:13:04 AM PDT
I have two short stories available in ebook format, previously published in other venues:

The Black Side of MemoryThe Black Side of Memory
The Halo WaveThe Halo Wave

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 11:29:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2012 11:30:12 AM PDT
Altho the OP made it sound like you could tout your own books here, it's still against amazons rules to do so. Please delete your post.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 8:32:58 AM PDT
I guess Amazon really needs to delete the whole thread, including the posts that correctly point out that MOA is MOA and naming a thread MOA in the science fiction forum doesn't make that thread a corner of MOA. When new people see the title of this thread, mistakes are understandable. The thread might as well be deleted, it consists mostly of deleted posts and explanations about the self promotion rule. It may happen faster if other people besides me ask Amazon to do so.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 2:28:19 PM PDT
Well I am thrilled and honored to be publishing on Amazon. "The Tessians, Revalation of the Harvesters"

My first science fiction book is truly inspired by my family.

I grew up with a father as an instructor/genius/herpetologist and a mother as an elementary school librarian. ( yes I said librarian, not media specialist)

Where my father submersed me in traveling to wonderful places and seeing magnificent creatures. My mother submersed me in wonderful books.

She invited several authors to her schools and I was blessed to meet the wonderful minds that came to visit.

Meeting Syd Hoff started it all. He's at down with me and taught me how to draw "Danny and the Dinasaur".

I met the great Robert Newton Peck, who was quite the character himself. His "Soup" books made the car rides quick and painless.

I met the awe inspiring Jean Craighead George where her tales of actual encounters with animals inspired her to write her books. (the polar bear story was my favorite.)

Getting an autograph from the wonderful Lloyd Alexander was awesome. What's sci fi genius.

I grew up reading about the "white mountains", "the hobbit", and "the dark is rising".

All of this sparked my imagination and all though I know I will happily never compare to these legends, I do know that I see hope for our children reading that there are so many great sci fi books and authors so easily accessible on sites like Amazon to inspire our new generation.

My books are short but will be getting longer. There are probably typos that I missed or my editor (wife) missed. :-)

But know my heart is in the right place when I strive to stimulate the imagination of new and old minds with the alternate realities we all can create and share.

So look close for my sequel to be released soon where 4 children journey to save their parents, friends, and planet. :-)

Thank you all,
William T.McGighan IV

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2012 3:34:10 PM PDT
A REAL honor is to be published by a "commercial" (i.e.--a "real" publisher), not CreateSpace.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2012 4:09:40 PM PDT
Absolutely! That would be a "real" honor. But I'm not getting my hopes all up for just my little booklets.

What is the saying? If we can't laugh at ourselves, one will surely do it for us.

WTM :-)

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 11:57:08 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 19, 2012 3:45:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 3:46:45 PM PDT
Oh, so if we self-publish something, and lots of people buy it, that's not an honor? Bull****. Some people just can't accept that something worthwhile can be made outside of a commercial setting.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 3:57:39 PM PDT
Well said! Thank you for speaking up Scott Kinkade. At least someone knew what I meant. If I cared about making money, I would't be a police officer. Also no money in the world could buy the smiles I get from my 4 children that listen to me read as I write. Ty again Mr. Kinkade.
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