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Old 06-07-2018, 07:32   #141
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I think the best thing you can do is write more books, places in searches, bookbub, etc. seem to favour those that have about five books on there.

I thought the amazon ads sounded interesting, you pay to stick your book at the top of the page when someone searches for something specific.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:29   #142
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Well, today is release day for Jack Gilmour!
Better start writing the next one, I guess....
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:30   #143
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"Jack Gilmour" arrived on my Kindle today. I'm going to be interrupting my current read so I can read this and get you a review sometime next week.
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Old 12-07-2018, 13:38   #144
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groovy - thanks!
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Old 12-07-2018, 16:02   #145
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About 60% through!
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Old 12-07-2018, 19:23   #146
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Blimey that was quick!
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Old 12-07-2018, 19:41   #147
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I was coincidentally on a train to Birmingham and back today, so got a fair bit read! Enjoying it so far, reminds me of the Roger Rabbit books.
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Old 16-07-2018, 20:12   #148
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Finished reading Jack Gilmour today - thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done.
You can read more in the in-depth review that I've posted to both Amazon and Goodreads.

A few things worth a mention outside of the review.

First of all, it's a neat idea that you've come up with. You did a great job of packing a short but entertaining story in the 102 pages. Is that about 30,000 words? I think that this format is a good way to go for indie authors - you can sell it for 99p and probably write two or three in the time it takes to write a full-length novel. Not that this is easy of course - sometimes I find it hard to keep the word count down.

The story is a great introduction to the character and I know you plan to write more. Just out of interest, how long did it take to write?

I was really impressed with your writing - in the first draft of my own book, my daughter hauled me over the coals for not using commas properly before "ands" and "buts", so I was keen to see how a fellow indie got on in this respect. Not necessarily something that 99.9% of reviewers would look for, but you passed with flying colours. I didn't notice anything out of place. I think there were two instances where I read a sentence twice, not sure whether the right word had been used, but I spotted no spelling mistakes and the formatting was spot-on.

Finally, I read right to the end, including the back matter. Nice to see I got a bit of free advertising in there - I guess it's thanks to our mutal friend jockosjungle, but "Monkey Arkwright" appears in the short list of "customers who bought this also bought this book".

Anyway, well done, and keep us post on how you get on.
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Many thanks for the review, and I'm glad you liked the story!

To answer your questions:
It's about 35k words, which fitted in well with the 'tv episode' format I was going for. It was originally a bit longer, but I removed the bookend chapters which were third-person and not really needed.
It took about 7 months to write and edit, but I'm quite a slow writer and don't get that much free time, and I wanted to make sure I got it down as well as I could this time. I'm definitely hoping to write more either unconnected or loosely connected stories, and have a rough plan for the next one and a vague idea for a third.
Autocrit really helped with the third draft, as it points out style issues I wasn't even aware I was doing ("I see you used 'just' 15000 times this chapter" etc).
By the time I got to the human edit (I used Karl Drinkwater who did a really good job) a lot of the potential issues were already sorted so he could focus on other aspects.

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Finally, I read right to the end, including the back matter. Nice to see I got a bit of free advertising in there - I guess it's thanks to our mutal friend jockosjungle, but "Monkey Arkwright" appears in the short list of "customers who bought this also bought this book".
Always good!
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Old 17-07-2018, 09:00   #150
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I'm a little surprised as I buy a fair amount of kindle books, i guess a couple of forums members might have added their help!
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Old 10-08-2018, 18:06   #151
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Review now published, apologies it took a while I've been away, I finished it a few weeks ago and really liked it
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Many thanks for the review and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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They seem to have took my ability to review Amazon.com purchases
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:45   #155
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You need to have purchased so much physical stuff or something in the last year
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The NetGalley reviews are now in (I got 13 so far which is pretty good apparently) and averaging at 4.2/5 - so not bad!

https://www.netgalley.com/book/142136/reviews
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Those reviews make interesting reading. What strikes me is that a lot of what's said is summarising the plot, which is obviously not useful as feedback for you as a writer. But hopefully you got enough out of it - there are certainly some quotes that you can use in promotional material. Handy that one of the reviewers is a lawyer as well!
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I always consider a review to be selling it to purchasers, not necessarily providing feedback direct to the author. But some decent reviews there, hope it generates some sales!
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Hopefully...
I've got IVL on freebie in a couple of weeks (now I've moved it back to KDP select) with a double promotion with BookBarbarian and ENT, so I'll stick an update in the back with a link to the new one. Hopefully that'll give a bit of bleed-through.

For reviews, yep I agree I presume they are for customers, rather than critique feedback for the authors, although they can be a bit of both.
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Since my wife wrote hers and the mistakes we tried to eliminate, what I'm beginning to notice is how many mistakes there are in proper published books. Things that even a basic spellchecker would pick up.
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