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For the first time in its existence, this huge national organization has endorsed a work of fiction as a public awareness and fund-raising strategy. "Social worker, author and NASW member Robert Eggleton is using science fiction and satire to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and raise money for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. Learn more about his new book on NASW's Social Workers Speak website:

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 07, 2018, 11:53:06 am »
Wise position, boba, to not fully engage on the internet as an author -- it is risky.

Elizabethbarone, I didn't publicly comment on Amazon about the review that I mentioned. I'm not upset about this review, but concerned about the phenomena and the impact on literature and other authors. 

A Fading Street, IMO, especially in my case, it is much more likely that the one star reviews are fake than the five or four star reviews. Personally, as a consumer, my trust in a book review is based on the attribution, who wrote it and how it is written -- it's very easy to tell. I don't think that Amazon has the time to actually evaluate the quality of book reviews, or, maybe, one line verified purchases mean more to it than actual critiques by highly qualified contributors. In any case, none of the one star reviews of my novel, by memory, have been verified purchases by actual consumers -- not the one at issue, check it out. Hopefully, it has been removed but still showing up for me on the main book page although the link to the full review no longer works.

Take care and gook luck, everybody.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 07, 2018, 05:00:08 am »
Thanks! Even if the review of my debut novel has been deleted, other authors are at risk of similar behaviors, especially considering the disclosure of your own consumer practices. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 07, 2018, 04:14:52 am »
Sadly, given the mainstream consumption of books listed on Amazon, I believe that few people actually read entire reviews, perhaps the title. The overall average rating prompts folks to look closer or to move on to another book almost instantly. This person has done immeasurable damage to at least 40 books, prob. more if I looked longer. I'm not insulted or certainly not hurt, and this is not a complaint.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:17:08 pm »
JessicCar, Your position seems like an abdication of input about totally bogus book reviews. I don't mind, at all, critical reviews, including ones by reviewers that are inexperienced and us the standard of whether they "liked" or not my novel. But, what I presented was a usurp of the competency of all book reviews since Amazon has has emerged as the most essential contributor to the future of literature (or not).

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:51:11 pm »
I'm too old to be mad, just disappointed and concerned about the future of literature. Since 75% of the proceeds from my novel are donated to prevent child abuse, I'm not actually losing much money with a bogus review. It's received enough accolades from majors that count for me to take that into the next realm, if such exists.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:24:06 pm »
I agree, but for me there is a big difference between the one star reviews that you described and bogus reviews motivated for some other reason than having actually read a novel. I feel that it's a book community responsibility to help police nefarious posters who affect so much. One cannot expect Amazon to clean up its review process without some input. I'm no longer complaining about legitimate reviews that have mysteriously disappeared -- seemed like a lost cause.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 06, 2018, 05:58:57 pm »
Thanks. However, it appears that that there is no option for a complaint, just a click to say that it violated Amazon's community standards.

One thing that really gets to me about this review is that it insulted so many, over 200 including: 1. The Affiliate of Fantasy Fan Federation, the longest standing fantasy fiction organization still in existence; 2. SF Crowsnest, the oldest science fiction site on the internet; 3. A review by the a contributor to the NY Review of Science Fiction; 4. The Missouri Review; 5. a retired Editor of Readers' Digest; 6. Awesome Indies and Readers' Favorite, both prominent book review organizations; 7. a few famous authors who reviewed and blurbed my novel; 8. and, a host of other credible book reviewers who I've certainly never met and with whom I have no relationship. In fact, many of the reviewers had administrations that didn't allow direct contact between an author and the book reviewer.

In reality, I'm an older dude and most of my friends and my-age family members have passed before me. I asked anyone that I had a personal relationship with not to post reviews on Amazon. Since I post in book groups on Facebook, I suspect that some people might have found out about my novel there, but I'm not sure. Still, it's the insult to the above noted fine organizations that most offends me. IMO, people like this need to be identified and controlled, especially if he or she is a vindictive author who lurks on this board. If anybody knows how to help, please do so.

I don't comment on reviews, although I've mess up a couple of times when I've felt that the review was bogus. The people who posted the one star reviews of my novel, obvious based on their comments had not read it. But, there doesn't seem to be a good way to say so without possibly opening oneself up to criticism. I'm tempted on this review if it stands, but I probably won't. Take care.     

Edited for language. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 06, 2018, 05:24:02 pm »
This review still shows up on the main page. I don't know why the link doesn't work. Maybe it has been taken down.

Writers' Cafe / What a Liar!
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:52:35 pm »
What a Liar:
40 one star book reviews, some with the same title and language, prob. never read a one, certainly not mine. I clicked that wasn't helpful and that it violated Amazon standards. Oh well, sadly....

Edited for language. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

The Book Bazaar / Re: Excellent Character Interview (bottom of page 4)
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:27:41 am »
" Hey there all you androids and extra terrestrials, you've landed on Lisa Burton Radio, the only show out there that interviews the characters you love from the books you have to read. I'm your host, Lisa the robot girl, and with me in the studio today is Lacy Dawn. Welcome to the show, Lacy.”

Rest of Interview:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are Video Book Trailers Worth It?
« on: March 31, 2018, 02:57:31 pm »

2-19-18 Author Interview: “…His debut novel, a science fiction comedy entitled Rarity from the Hollow, evolved from his experiences... I’ve read it and it’s not only outstanding but well-worth reading. You can find the review I wrote a while back here.” Video: Please like: Purchase (117 reviews):

Writers' Cafe / Marketing: Book Blogs
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:13:45 am »
3-23-18 Rarity from the Hollow, OVER 697 PROJECT CONTRIBUTIONS!
History and Status of the Rarity from the Hollow Project (document status report). So far, I’m up to January 7, 2017, on creating a document that credits book bloggers for their contributions to this project. The novel raises funds for the prevention of child abuse thru sales of a tragic, funny, and satiric SciFi adventure. When completed, the log will be published on and on More book blogs will be added as I have time to work on this document.

From inception to 1-7-18, people associated with independent book blogs have contributed: 

168 Book Reviews;
6 Awards;
8 Blurbs of my book by a famous author;
266 Book Spotlights;
110 Author Interviews;
59 Published Guest Posts that I Submitted;
3 Short Stories that I Submitted;
5 Character Interviews;
2 Radio Interviews;
5 Press Releases
And, 65 Reblogs of a Post on a Different Book Blog.
TOTAL Internet Posts by Book Bloggers so far: 697

The log does not include posts on Amazon or other book sales sites, including Dog Horn Publishing that published Rarity from the Hollow, Goodreads, shares on Facebook, or Tweets and Retweets on Twitter.

If you love books, are an independent book blogger or know one, or if you are an author who has benefited from help by a member of this group of wonderful people, please share this post and contribute to this project if you can.

From last Christmas, a gift that keeps on giving, a kind donation by Rukia Publishing to the Rarity from the Hollow project: 75% of proceeds donated to Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

Distributed as an online newsletter, this post includes the blurb, a couple of review excerpts, a link to a review by Amazing Stories Magazine, and a link to Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publisher Commits to Donating Proceeds to Charity
« on: March 19, 2018, 01:35:35 pm »
In this case, the publisher deposits directly into the PayPal account of Children's Home Society of West Virginia. It's a nonprofit agency that has served families and children since 1893. I used to work there in the early '80s.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publisher Commits to Donating Proceeds to Charity
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:14:50 am »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publisher Commits to Donating Proceeds to Charity
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:57:24 am »
Gosh, what a tragic experience. I'm sure that you were totally p*ssed and bewildered. I trust Adam Lowe's good heart. He works as an international advocate for the LGBT communities, as well as, other wonderful roles within our ever changing world. Another company actually tracks and manages sales since my novel is available so many places, including Kmart in the U.S. But, I have no clue whether or not it is a reputable company: Inpress. Have you ever heard of it? Thanks for your comment.   

Writers' Cafe / Publisher Commits to Donating Proceeds to Charity
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:11:23 am »
Dog Horn Publishing, a traditional small press in Leeds, U.K., commits to donating its share of proceeds from the my debut novel to Children's Home Society to help needful West Virginia children! Please share your appreciation by Liking its page: 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which Video: YouTube or Full-Screen Version?
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:48:39 pm »
Thanks. Good points, I'll check.

Writers' Cafe / Reference to Songs to Help Create Atmosphere
« on: March 16, 2018, 08:45:40 am »
Songs / Music Groups that I Mentioned, by significance to the atmosphere of scenes:

#1. Metallica
#2. “If Six was Nine”/ Hendrix (Chapter Title: Bipolar is My Best)
#3. “Stairway to Heaven”/ Zepplin
#4. The Cure
#5. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”/ Tony Orlando and Dawn
#6. “It Ain’t Me Babe”/ Sony and Cher
#7. Big Brother and the Holding Company / Janis Joplin

Do you use a similar technique?

Not Quite Kindle / A Joke
« on: March 16, 2018, 08:20:42 am »
Shelly and Faith had become the best of friends. They were inmates of a children’s mental health institution on Earth, the planet with the highest sentient incarceration rate in the universe.

One day, when staff was busy with gossip while smoking cigarettes during an outdoor recreation period, the girls made a run for it – escape by going under the chain link fence, a low spot in the ground caused by a neglected drainage line.

They made it to the country club that adjoined the institution’s property. While walking past its swimming pool, Shelly suddenly jumped into the deep end. She sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Faith jumped in to save her. She swam to the bottom and pulled Shelly out. Five minutes later, Security escorted them back to the institution.

The next day, when the Director of Psychiatry became aware of Faith’s heroic act, he ordered that she be brought to his office.
“Faith, I have good news and bad news,” he began after she had been seated. “The good news is that you are discharged from this institution. You rationally responded to a crisis by jumping into the pool and saving Shelly’s life. I have concluded that your act displayed sound mindedness.”
Faith smiled her approval.

“The bad news," the doctor continued, "is that Shelly hung herself in the bathroom with her shoestring last night. I’m so sorry, but she’s dead.”

“She didn’t commit suicide,” Faith said. “I put her there to dry. Can I go home today?”

Award Winning Adult Social #SciFi: “Dark and chilling, yet strangely comical in places, Rarity from the Hollow is both entertaining and thought provoking." @SimmillKj Proceeds (˝) are donated to prevent child abuse. Purchase: Updates: #ASMSG

The Book Corner / Re: David Bowie Book Club
« on: March 04, 2018, 11:29:05 am »
"And these children that you spit on
As they try and change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They are quite aware of what they're going through"

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