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Old 28-03-2005, 19:50   #21
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Now down to a more modest 1154th place.

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted!
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Old 28-03-2005, 21:16   #22
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Now down to a more modest 1154th place.

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted!
Probably all your friends and family buying other books to shut you up

Seriously though, congratulations. It must be very satisfying to see your own creative work out there for the public to appreciate.
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Old 01-04-2005, 21:42   #23
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It's down to sales rank 4,495 at Amazon.co.uk now - oh well.

I've just finished reading it, and, just like its predecessors, enjoyed it thoroughly. I do like the way James is still a bit of a tit at times, without descending into Harry Potteresque teen angst and SHOUTING AT PEOPLE IN CAPITALS all the time.
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Old 06-04-2005, 17:42   #24
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Well, I ordered your book from Play (the first one), and it arrived today! So I will settling down to read it tonight. I have just finished reading Charlie Higson's "Silverfin", so I am hoping for something in a similiar vein!
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Old 06-04-2005, 18:14   #25
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Must admit, I rather liked Silverfin even though it's written by the enemy!

And I've surged back to 352nd place. Actually these numbers bounce around all over the shop, but I'm just outside the top 50 in their children's book chart which is less volatile becuause it's based over a longer timespan.

Apparently some woman called Rowling is the one to beat.
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:01   #26
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Well done m8!!!

Seems like some very possitive reviews on Amazon so that cant be bad!

This book writing thing had to be the way ahead. A friends dad wrote a book and it ended up being on the UK bestseller (and worldwide I beleive) list for years. Never had to work again and is now worth a fortune!!
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:56   #27
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Great stuff.

Just out of curiosity (and with respect to yourself), do the publishers write the reviews on Amazon?
The first review reads like it's been written by a professional. Not saying that's bad - best to take the opinions on there with a pinch of salt - but just genuinely curious if this is the norm in the book world?
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:52   #28
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They're not written by my publishers, but there's an unofficial fan forum for my books at cherubseries.proboards34.com and most of the reviews are written by members.

Apparently there was an error on Amazon Canada last year where real names were shown in reviews instead of aliases for a couple of days. It caused major embarassment for some publishers and authors who'd either reviewd their own or slagged of other people's books!
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wow, average rating 5 star
congrats, might have to check this out myself
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well i have ordered your first book to go on hols with it sounds good.
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lLooks good mate, was lookng for something to read on hols. Congratulations on getting where you are, knowing a few aspiring authors, I know its hard work. Would love to be able to write a novel and get it published, unfortunately Im a lazy sod, and my grammer is awful.
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Old 22-04-2005, 07:11   #32
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lLooks good mate, was lookng for something to read on hols. Congratulations on getting where you are, knowing a few aspiring authors, I know its hard work. Would love to be able to write a novel and get it published, unfortunately Im a lazy sod, and my grammer is awful.
...not to mention your spelling!

I ordered all 3 books from Play.com last week. I started The Recruit last night and it is certainly an excellent premise. I'll report back once I've read some more.
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Old 23-04-2005, 20:09   #33
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Yeah, I love hearing what people think so do tell!

I've just done my first bookstore signings this week. Reassuringly I had queues of fans in Milton Keynes and Dulwich.

Dunno what's wrong with Putney 'cos no bugger turned up. I only signed 5 books in an hour!

I've also been nominated for the Red House Children's book of the year 2005. It's voted for by kids, and I can't help feeling that I'm gonna be outgunned by Jacqueline Wilson, who has slightly more fans than me!

You can vote for The Recruit here:
http://www.redhousechildrensbookawar....asp?c=3&v=ind
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I've just finished The Recruit so here's a brief review...

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS CONTAINED IN THE REVIEW!!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's aimed a bit more at kids than the likes of Harry Potter (which does an excellent job of appealing to both kids and adults alike), but one thing I really did like was the up-to-date use of language and gadget references, which you do not tend to see very often. I'n not sure how these will translate overseas (i.e. the US), but that is a different topic entirely.

One thing I didn't like too much was the missing out of huge chunks of time (for example I think you missed out a couple of months of the basic training), but I understand it will have been done to keep the book to a manageable length.

The lovelife of an 11 / 12 year old must be a challenging aspect to write about (how far can / do you go..), but I thought it was handled pretty well.

I thought the mission was quite a good one (including the illness swerve), and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to come across most of those residents!

The mission ended a bit abruptly for my liking, but on the other hand everything was tied up pretty well. I'm still not sure he deserved a navy shirt for just one mission though

I've got a Harlan Coben to read now, but after that I'll move on to Class A...
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Just stumbled across this thread. Congratulations etc, got a holiday coming up, so will be purchasing this first book in this series to read

n1!
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Congratulations - its nigh on impossible to break into the published market these days so you've done outstandingly well
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saw these on display in Ottakers window the other week, meant to mention it and forgot!!! Will be getting them for my 12 yr old as he loves the Horowitz books and these sound just his thing... will let you know what he thinks!!!
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Can't believe you haven't plugged your new book Cherub: The killing! Currently shipping from Amazon UK - not picked it up yet (far too many books to read at the mo), but will do shortly....

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Yeah, I love hearing what people think so do tell!

I've just done my first bookstore signings this week. Reassuringly I had queues of fans in Milton Keynes and Dulwich.

Dunno what's wrong with Putney 'cos no bugger turned up. I only signed 5 books in an hour!

I've also been nominated for the Red House Children's book of the year 2005. It's voted for by kids, and I can't help feeling that I'm gonna be outgunned by Jacqueline Wilson, who has slightly more fans than me!

You can vote for The Recruit here:
http://www.redhousechildrensbookawar....asp?c=3&v=ind
And you never said you won! And against Eragon, that was pretty popular! Congratulations!
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