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Writers' Cafe / A book with reviews about your book
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:42:18 PM »
Of course you know the importance of reviews. You probably also know that many reviews are unfair for various reasons. Perhaps you also feel that nobody (or almost nobody) writes the review they should write about your book. Even when they write positive 5 stars reviews, they simply write their opinion.

Of course you would be happier if they would talk about the important aspects of the book instead of merely talking about their impressions, or about insignificant and obvious aspects of the book.

I thought that perhaps we could write a book with reviews about a certain book, with around five authors making questions to the author and discussing various aspects of the book, after writing their review.

I had a discussion here sometime ago about a review exchange made by authors. An author said that it would be legal, but ‘unethical’. I disagree with this point of view. I believe that writers can analyze a book better than anyone else.

This way, the public would have the chance to evaluate a book based on intelligent reviews written by reviewers who really read the book, and who were really trying to understand its value for the reader.

And all authors will also promote their own books when they will write their reviews about another book…

Of course, the authors who will review the book must be able to analyze the book with a friendly and helpful attitude.

Your thoughts?

Writers' Cafe / Should I respond to this unfair one star review?
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:44:40 PM »
Here is it:

[Review removed by moderator. Thanks for understanding. --Betsy/KB Mod]

This reader didn't even understand anything about dream therapy and the content of the human brain and psyche… And they exaggerated with their absurd conclusions, without even reading the book. It is a nonfiction book, with many lessons.

There are no contact details in the reviewer’s page, so I cannot contact them privately.

Should I send a message to Amazon complaining about this review with these unfair statements based on the reviewer’s imagination?

Writers' Cafe / My first negative review and the meaning of silence
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:52:23 AM »
A reader wrote a negative review about my book today. This was a first experience for me because I’m a new Kindle author, even though the truth is that I’m an author since 7-years-old. Writing is part of my nature. I’m also an expert in my field.

Anyhow, this was a brief introduction to show you my background.

After reading this negative review a thousand words came to my mind, but I had to stop caring about this matter because I received an email message, etc.

A few hours later I had the chance to read the review again, and I saw that it was not so bad. This reader was expressing his opinion based on his cultural level, and based on what he could understand.

After having this vision, I truly understood the meaning of silence. Silence means: “I don't think I should give you explanations”.

Silence is a good answer.

Writers' Cafe / A solution for unfair negative reviews
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:49:49 PM »
Since I’ve read many posts about unfair negative reviews, I thought it would be helpful to share the information I found about this matter.

I read a thread in another forum about Kindle books, and a member wrote that:

“I've published my first (nonfiction) book on Kindle, and got my first review: 2 stars and very negative.

The reviewer is bitterly disappointed for not being able to access the videos that accompany the book.

Accessing the videos is incredibly easy: one click is all it takes, but the reviewer did not see or did not want to see the link leading to the videos.”

Later, the same member posted the following message:

“I've sent the link he missed to the reviewer and he changed his assessment from 2 stars to 4 stars and re-wrote the review - it's now quite positive.”

So, depending on the case, if we will get an unfair negative review for some reason we can contact the reviewer and explain whatever is necessary.

Of course, this solution is very difficult for fiction, but the reviewer can be a reasonable person…

Writers' Cafe / How to Use KDP Select to promote a free book?
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:39:00 PM »
I will give my book away again for 3 days now that I understood more about Kindle, especially thanks to the valuable lessons I had in this forum.

Could you tell me what I have to do besides submitting my book to the most important places?

Thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Answering after having positive reviews
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:14:16 PM »
I though I could use the chance to thank my readers for having the trouble to write a positive review after reading my ebook, but I see that nobody else is using this alternative.

Would it be a bad idea to always leave a comment after receiving a review (positive or negative)?

We could use this alternative to transform these reviews into something more meaningful for us, authors.

If we will always leave a comment after receiving a review, we will have the chance to explain our points of view when someone writes something negative, or thank our readers for being so kind, for helping the public evaluate what is written in the book, etc.

Your thoughts?

Writers' Cafe / I would like to know your opinion about the way I write
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:05:29 PM »
When I saw how many people care about fiction I decided to write a new ebook for Kindle using my old literary talent, but I don’t know if my style is complicated.

If I will post the first two pages of my new literary book here, could you criticize my style? Or this is not part of the usual discussions here?

Thank you!

Introductions & Welcomes / I love writing and reading
« on: October 18, 2013, 07:10:45 PM »
I’m a literature writer since 7-years-old, but I abandoned literature because I had to care about many other matters, and also because I had to abandon my country (Brazil) and live in Greece (where I have many relatives because my parents are Greek) so, I lost my adored Portuguese language.

I tried to write a few things in Greek, but this language is too complicated.

I love the English language because it is so simple and melodic.

I became a psychiatrist, psychologist, and professional dream translator, but literature is my adored hobby.

It’s so nice to meet so many good readers here!

I love reading as much as I love writing. Wish I had more time for both.

The Book Bazaar / How to Be Extremely Successful in Life
« on: October 18, 2013, 06:43:50 PM »
This is my first Kindle ebook:

I decided to write an ebook with basic life lessons to help everyone learn how to find happiness in life and achieve their goals based on the unconscious guidance to all dreamers.

My clear and simple lessons help you put the unconscious guidance into practice.

Writers' Cafe / Help with the TOC for Kindle with Calibre
« on: September 22, 2013, 04:19:28 PM »

This is my first post, and it is about converting a word document to the Kindle format. I read many contrasting opinions about this matter.

I don't know if this is the right place to post this question, but I would like to know how to add the Table of Contents to my first Kindle ebook, which I managed to convert to the Kindle format through Calibre, but I can't understand how to do the TOC. Their guidelines are too complicated.

Does someone know how I can simply learn how to add the TOC, or where I can find someone to help me with the format?

Thank you!

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