Sunday, July 29, 2012

This is why gun control laws never work.

Yes, for $30 in plastic, you can make a Working machine gun.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The power of a two star review

In 2008, after getting beaten up by traditional publishers with an avalanche of rejections, I gave Amazon self publishing a try. And, with my first download I got my first review.

I was so happy.

But, a well meaning two star review was enough to keep keep it from ever selling another copy, until today.

That's nearly four years later.

Two stars, means, a D in a scale of A to F. In Amazon, its the kiss of death.

Now, the irony here is the reader that left the review that destroyed the book actually liked the story. In the review they asked for other readers (that their review scared off) to comment so they could discuss it. They even bought one copy of the rest of the series. But by then, the damage had been done, and none of them ever sold again.

Reviewers do not seem to understand what their comments are doing. this person was not evil. They didn't write this to destroy my career ... but they did.

two copies in four years.

two stars.

Amazon was the biggest market for Indie authors, and with it destroyed I went elsewhere. The same books on BN get good reviews and are selling.

I just hope people read this and understand what authors already know. Words mean things. They have consequences. And before you hit send, ask yourself, if you would say this to someone's face, instead of behind their back.

It wasn't a bad review. But Nobody but me ever read it. Everyone just skipped it because it had two stars.