Amazon Reviewing is Dead. OR NOT?

It looks as if #Amazon just shot itself in the foot, and ebook authors are also injured, because they decided to disallow any book reviews from any reviewer who can’t prove the book was acquired via PURCHASE of said book.

This COULD mean: 1) No library-reading reviews, 2) no free download reviews, 3) no gift book reviews, and, 4) no reviewer-got-a-copy review.

Number 4 is the entire reason for the new policy, but one would imagine a dozen different ways to ameliorate what has become a runaway train of fake and purchased reviews on Amazon before eliminating all opinions and reviews from everyone legitimate who doesn’t “purchase” a book before reading it.

Idiots on Amazon just gave ebook authors and readers another great incentive to use #SMASHWORDS, which offers ebooks in ALL formats!

Get my books on Smashwords! Volume I is permafree and Volume II is only $3.99. All links: Look right; scroll down.

Thanks for posting, Ronovan and the LWI team!

LATEST, from Ronovan: “So far the research I am finding supports being able to do the reviews of free Kindle books as long as you have made a monetary purchase of something. It doesn’t say that specifically but that is what I am gathering. You can use family and friends as an Editorial Review but not as an actual Customer Review. But they seem to mean those who are really close to you. I think like a spouse or immediate family member.
“The wording of their policies are in such a way to give them the ability to pick and choose, but so far I am encouraged.”

In the Nick of Time!

Mazel Tov, Stuart! We talked about this book and his charity work on behalf of those affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (as it used to termed) in our *CHANGES* conversations between authors hour (sorry about the sound quality; hang in there, because it does improve).
For those who want to know Stuart Aken better, join us any time by watching Episode 33, recorded just this past Wed., now available on both Google+ and YouTube:

OPENINGS 7/8 and beyond! #Authors, especially those in sci-fi/speculative fiction and who blog, learn more about and get yourself on *CHANGES*, and #Readers, recommend an #author to be scheduled as a guest:

Best to you!


Stuart Aken

The paperback version. The paperback version.

The paperback proof copy arrived today and it looks good. I was hoping to get this in time for the print version to be available at the same time as the ebook, which has been on pre-order for a couple of weeks. The launch date for that is 14th June.

The process with Amazon and Createspace means that the print book should be available at once through the Createspace estore by clicking here. Because of delays that exist in the system, it will be available on in 3-4 days and on other Amazon sites in a week or so. But, if you want to order it from other retailers, either online or through your local bookshop, it will apparently take 6-8 weeks before you’ll be able to do so! Sorry, but that aspect is out of my hands.

Enjoy the read. And, if you…

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Book Giveaway: Nonlocal Science Fiction #1 FREE for 3 Days!

#scifi lovers: TODAY it’s still free! Online new ‘zine which includes story by Nicholas Rossis, my guest on Episode 7 of *CHANGES*! Get it FREE on Amazon through 6/12/15!

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

To celebrate the launch of the second issue of Nonlocal Science Fiction Magazine, Dan is giving away the first one for free! You can download it on Amazon from June 10th through the 12th.

You can see which stories are included in Issue #1 on Dan’s website (they include one of mine, Shoot the Devil).

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksIssue #2 launches on June 15. Pre-order your copy of the second issue on Amazon today, and it will be delivered to your Kindle device or app the second that it is released.

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Call to Arms – Book Marketing Results

Thanks for collecting, compiling, analyzing and summarzing, Nicholas. When I have time to organize it or money to put into it, I have this bookmarked as my “map.” You Rock!


Nicholas C. Rossis

Following my Call to Arms, a number of you responded by sharing with me your book marketing experience. I now have about a hundred responses by some fifty authors. Although some of the responses were expected, there were quite a few surprises in there for me.


For anyone wishing to take a look at the raw data, you can download this Excel spreadsheet. I grouped the results according to whether the book was offered full-price, discounted or free. I also have a fourth category titled Other, that includes any entries where this was not specified.

To compare the various ad media, I came up with a number that represents the ratio between number of sales and cost of advertising. In other word, if you spent $1 and had one sale, then this number would be one. If you spent $1 and had two sales, the number would be two, etc.

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Be A Part Of A Movement: #1000Speak for #Compassion

“Be A Part Of A Movement: #1000Speak for #Compassion”
2/20/15 was the first; today, 6/20/15 is the second.

1000 Speak for Compassion 6-20-15

from the organizers: “‘How cool would it be if we could get 1000 bloggers on the same day to write posts about compassion, kindness, support, caring for others, non-judgement etc.?
“We could call it 1000 Voices For Compassion.
“Who’s in?”

“How: Write a post about compassion. What it means to you. How has it affected you? How we can bring more of it to those who need it. Really, there are no rules, just as long as it’s about compassion.”

Images are from today and the original day; instructions are the same:

1000 voices Compassion invitation

Participate by following these links and the links within the post.

and on Twitter: @gkelly73
with #1000Speak

and on Facebook:

1000 Speak for Compassion

Drifting Through


“My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark. I do not feel the romance, I do not catch the spark…. and I will not be a pawn… for the prince of darkness, any longer.”

-Indigo Girls, Prince of Darkness

This week something pretty incredible remarkable amazing happened. One blogger wrote a beautiful piece in response to recent tragedies and atrocities happening in the world. Another blogger was posting about these same events on FaceBook. The two had a conversation that inspired this:

“How cool would it be if we could get 1000 bloggers on the same day to write posts about compassion, kindness, support, caring for others, non-judgement etc.? (Date to be decided.)
We could call it 1000 Voices For Compassion.
Who’s in?”

And thus began a movement. 1000 Voices for Compassion. A call for bloggers to join together on one day to speak out…

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