Tag: Amazon

Stars Online

Stars Online

I avoid reading reviews of my books because I feel they are for other readers and not for me. Readers are entitled to their opinions. I simply write my tales as I see fit and it is up to a reader to decide if they like them or not...

All The Books That Would Not Be

All The Books That Would Not Be

The "Don't shop with Amazon, shop with small businesses" mantra is unsurprisingly all over the place on (amusingly usually controlled by other giant corporations, such as Facebook) social media. Amazon is now deemed its seems practically the fount of all evil. However, I am going to choose briefly to be something of a contrarian here on that subject in at least a narrow sense, and being one is not new to me...

Great Books… Greatly Diminished

Great Books… Greatly Diminished

I do not expect "perfect" from any book. However, in this case you do not even get an original new story. It is just someone's lazy cheapo effort to ride on Fitzgerald's century old book in order to try to make some fast money for themselves.

A Feast Of Immovable “1 Stars”

A Feast Of Immovable “1 Stars”

Some readers approach this book thinking it is going to be some sort of Paris travel guide. It is not. It is about Hemingway's perspective and what he saw - and it centers on people.

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

Having written it, I had been thinking, "That's enough. I did it..."

Browsing The Pages…

Browsing The Pages…

My brother-in-law invited us to spend last Sunday with his family in Essex (which is also just north of London). "Are you writing a new book?" my sister-in-law asked me as we ate barbecue in their garden. THAT question is put to every writer everywhere virtually the instant someone learns the writer has finished writing … Continue reading Browsing The Pages…

Stars On Amazon

Stars On Amazon

I have been away from here for a few days, I know. I'm working on that short story. If I'm "missing" for a time, I'm usually found perhaps briefly over on Instagram, reminding you I'm still among the living. I was surprised to see this yesterday. Also, I don't normally mention book reviews here. However, … Continue reading Stars On Amazon

As An Author, You Don’t Like Amazon?…

As An Author, You Don’t Like Amazon?…

...Well, fine. You don't like Amazon. But you take it out on readers? A top of the hour news update earlier on Classic FM shared with us that some author - I won't name him: I'm not interested in giving the person a "nod" even on my site here - is not releasing ALL of … Continue reading As An Author, You Don’t Like Amazon?…

What The Poet “Said”

What The Poet “Said”

It's a pleasant surprise to have your phone ping around 10pm and find this, as I did last night. I screen captured it earlier this morning. Yes, this is about the time I usually start my day: That opener is from my new poet friend, Tracey, in Cambridge. She'd found out who I am through … Continue reading What The Poet “Said”

Decided: I’m No Fan Of “Fan Fiction”

Decided: I’m No Fan Of “Fan Fiction”

Remember my post on writers simply ignoring the existence of copyright as if it somehow doesn't apply to them? Apparently, Amazon hasn't caught on yet about James Bond "fan fiction" for sale on the site. Look at this screen capture of an email I recently received: We know how Amazon works by now. Merely because … Continue reading Decided: I’m No Fan Of “Fan Fiction”

“Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

“Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

Yesterday, spy novelist Jeremy Duns - creator of the Paul Dark novels - shared this discovery on Twitter: It's a "James Bond" novel. However, there's just one small problem with it: The "Bond" character, created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964, is still in most jurisdictions protected by copyright. You cannot just self-publish a … Continue reading “Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

“I enjoyed this book….”

“I enjoyed this book….”

I saw this yesterday on Google+ (via Adele Archer and DL Keur). It's a link to a Grimace and Giggle piece by author Russ Linton. He writes on Amazon's "cracking down" on reviews written by those with a so-called "established relationship" with the author: A year and a half ago I noted how ugly I … Continue reading “I enjoyed this book….”

The Joys Of Locating That Out Of Print Book

The Joys Of Locating That Out Of Print Book

It's satisfying when you get hold of "that book" you've been trying to find when it doesn't exist as an e-book and, worst of all, is long out of print. It arrived yesterday - and a week earlier than I'd expected it to turn up, a copy that had been termed "used," but is actually … Continue reading The Joys Of Locating That Out Of Print Book

“Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought”

“Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought”

If you ever find yourself hereabouts in upstate New York, try to visit Springwood, President Franklin Roosevelt's family home in Hyde Park. Seeing it is like stepping back into the America of the first half of the 20th century. Having been there several times, I always smile when I pull into the lot and realize … Continue reading “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought”

PUBLISHED: Distances: “A dam’d good book”

PUBLISHED: Distances: “A dam’d good book”

Well, I suppose I'm now another "unemployed" author - at least until I decide to start on the next novel: So that's that. PUBLISHED. Another year of work completed. An English (woman) friend had had a copy of the Distances manuscript for a few weeks, and out of the blue emailed me on Thanksgiving day: … Continue reading PUBLISHED: Distances: “A dam’d good book”