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Messages - Jonathan C. Gillespie

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone else exhaust themselves writing?
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:00:49 am »
Well, I get up at six to do this, most days, and write six days a week, so yes, it's rough. But nothing worth doing is easy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ides of March
« on: March 10, 2015, 05:41:07 am »
I have a goose egg for this month. I'm not kidding. I haven't had that happen in forever. I had two record months back to back, and now I'm freaking out because I've just had my longest period with no sales since I started this endeavor.

I hesitated to say that in a public forum, for a number of reasons, but there it is. I don't know what's going on.

Side note: Let me tell any newcomers out there watching this thread--don't do serials. Do novels. Seriously. At least if you're writing science fiction. Serials are a wonderful format and a key part of the history of science fiction; they're also a pain in the butt to sell.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ides of March
« on: March 09, 2015, 11:29:11 am »
Okay. This is reassuring, in its own, odd way.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ides of March
« on: March 09, 2015, 09:45:52 am »
Ditto; had a terrific January and February, but this month is awful so far.

Writers' Cafe / Ides of March
« on: March 09, 2015, 09:39:50 am »
Tell me I'm not the only one having a rough start to this month! Yipe!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advice Needed
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:53:31 am »
To be clear, I'm not concerned about the dinger's POV--they've made their accusation and that's on them. What I'm concerned about is losing readers who might get the impression I've hired guns. I haven't, and I don't.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advice Needed
« on: February 12, 2015, 07:58:58 am »
See, I actually had something just like that typed out and ready to go.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where to advertise Science Fiction?
« on: February 12, 2015, 06:16:40 am »
Nice job. I'm taking notes, too. I've two adds running lately, but I'm watching what others suggest.

Another good sci-fi short market list that I used to use all the time is . Sadly, they've gone paid, which I don't blame them for as their fund drives used to have a hard time paying out their costs.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advice Needed
« on: February 12, 2015, 06:13:10 am »
Thank you, Tobias. How do you make that encouragement? In your book descriptions or in your back or front-matter, or something else?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Be brutal, what am I doing wrong?
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:38:22 am »
With respect, change your pen name. "Alice Avarice" sounds so much like you're just in it for the buck that it's almost self-parodical.

Writers' Cafe / Advice Needed
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:36:29 am »
Okay, so I don't reply to reviews, for a number of reasons. I hesitate to even make this thread because I don't even want to discuss readers' reviews in public. That said...

For one of my books a reader left a 5-star review clearly intended for a different book. I informed Amazon of the mistake and was told it would have to stay, because Amazon loves accurate feedback, even though my book doesn't share any of the characteristics or details outlined by the reader in their review.

Another reader dinged me in a comment on that review, implying in an oblique fashion that the review was probably purchased.

I have a rabid honesty policy when it comes to reviews. In the far-back past I would send ARC's out, but only to places that promised brutally honest reviews if they left them. I've never bought batch reviews, traded reviews, etc.  So obviously this comment bothers me.

Should I break my golden rule and reply to the comment, indicating I tried to have the review removed and the 'Zon rejected that? Leave it all alone? What do you guys think? I have a feeling I know what you'll say.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Anthology "Stories on the Go #2" (2015)
« on: January 25, 2015, 12:37:11 pm »
Can you elaborate on what the stories are? I'd love to have Beacon (Part I) in a collection somewhere...

Writers' Cafe / Re: freebooksy mailing list
« on: January 17, 2015, 11:03:26 am »
Perfect sir! I was checking some links, actually.

Holy crap, I love this forum's community...

Writers' Cafe / freebooksy mailing list
« on: January 17, 2015, 10:44:28 am »
Small favor request: if anyone out there is on the Freebooksy mailing list for free books, could you send me today's mailing to [email protected]? Have a promo with them; forgot to sign up for the freebie list mail (I always check these things). Gratse.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Political Neutrality
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:55:36 am »
In the United States, I think, we no longer have politics. We have partisanship.

I WANT. Man, out of my reach for now, but who knows what the future holds.

Do nothing and live with it for now. Apple and Smashwords have their own rules, and standards, and they'll be forced to loosen up if they want to gain more market share.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Political Neutrality
« on: January 15, 2015, 05:43:27 am »

Having not read Brave New World yet (it's on my list), but having read Nineteen Eighty-Four, this is a dramatic claim to make. You could very well be correct, but I found Orwell's work to be the best book I've ever read, warts and all. It was bold and in your face, but it was brave, and either way Orwell correctly forecasted where nation states were going to take propaganda and information management. I don't think we can always claim the subtle is better than the overt (even though I favor the subtle, and its my usual approach) if the overt happens to be so prescient.

Plus, the scenes with his mother and sister. My gosh. Those are haunting.

To an earlier point, though: yes, if you're going to go bold, you'd better not reduce your targets to straw men and stereotypes. Even the worst people in the world *generally* believe they are doing what's in the best interests of their people. Not always, but usually.

Writers' Cafe / Life's Random Annoyances
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:20:01 am »
I'm talking the little things, not the big picture stuff. I bet some of my fellow authors suffer from some of the same irritations I do; feel free to add yours.

In my case, it's scattercasting my personal stuff. Apparently there's some sort of repellent force that's created by trying to bring a satchel, laptop, phone, wallet, ear buds, coat, hat, scarf, and gloves together, causing me to always be missing at least one of them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Select \ KU Revenue Reporting
« on: January 06, 2015, 01:26:08 pm »
Thanks, guys.

Writers' Cafe / Kindle Select \ KU Revenue Reporting
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:28:22 am »
I have one short story, "The Outlaw Contractions", in KU \ Kindle Select. Am I missing something? It's had a few KU hits, but I can't figure out where to see the revenue from those. I see it for the sales, but not the KU downloads.

Nuance, folks. No one's saying there aren't outliers. But it's a fact that the market, reader perceptions, and promo sites alll favor longer works.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free First in Series on Kobo
« on: December 22, 2014, 03:59:18 pm »

I appreciate you! I actually have Beacon (Part I) and Part II free on Kobo. Part I is always free and Part II is free for the foreseeable future. In addition to being well-rated on AMZ and elsehwere, both are well-reviewed on Goodreads, where the series as a whole also enjoys a combined 4.06 rating.

FYI, Part I has a single no-text one-star review on the Kobo storefront. I have no idea why; it's done very well elsewhere.

Here's my Goodreads reviews:

Thanks, either way, for your time.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: December 22, 2014, 03:25:11 pm »
Already Free: Jena
Reported: Larry, Jeff, Tammy, E.H., Celeste

Good luck, folks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: December 22, 2014, 03:09:36 pm »
Hey, folks:

Please report Beacon - Part II (yes, the second book in the series, not the first):

Here be yon links to use for price matching:


And here be ye links for the stores themselves:

Amazon US:
Amazon UK:
Amazon CA:

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