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|Sep-01-13|| ||hms123: <Once> Consider me to be vicariously happy about Liverpool and sad about the Spurs.|
|Sep-24-13|| ||Abdel Irada: We've seen this before, of course.
Like much of the "real" world, the internet is littered with people who have no confidence in their own ability to create anything of worth, so they feel the only way for them to leave their mark on the world is to try to drag down those who really do create.
But I don't imagine this encouragement is needed. A writer of your stature can afford to laugh at such antics. Pay the critics no mind, for they have none.
|Sep-24-13|| ||Once: And I'd offer the same advice to you! The attack on you was vile and unpardonable. My pet critic has some humour value - what happened to you is beyond a joke. You have my utmost sympathy and support ... and appreciation for your excellent contributions to this site.|
It is something that has struck me forcibly over the last few months. So much of the internet is full of hate and criticism.
Perhaps it has something to do with the anonymity of the internet. Perhaps it is a reflection of these crazy times when nearly everyone feels under pressure. Whatever. I suppose we should react more with pity and sorrow than anger.
|Sep-25-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <Once: And I'd offer the same advice to you!>|
Thank you. Unfortunately, I am consistently unable to follow my own advice, as recent posts in <Kenneth Rogoff> will show. :-S
|Oct-20-13|| ||hms123: <Once>. Congratulations on your Adventures in Kindleland. The opening pages look great.|
|Oct-20-13|| ||paavoh: Congratulations, Once, on your Kindle book! I have enjoyed your short stories here at CG. Actually, when seeing your username, I have a Pavlov reaction - I am always anticipating a good read or a twist of some kind ;-) .|
Keep up the good work!
With best regards, paavoh
|Oct-20-13|| ||SaltiNeil: Great idea Once, I purchased
It and look forward, as usual, to reading your witty and creative stories.
|Oct-20-13|| ||Once: Gents
Many thanks for your words of encouragement!
Especial thanks to <SaltiNeil> for being one of my first customers.
|Oct-20-13|| ||Jimfromprovidence: When you come to the Los Angeles area on your hardcover book signing tour, I will be there!|
|Oct-20-13|| ||morfishine: Hello <Once>! Great news on your publication! Accomplishing anything in this life means just going ahead and doing it. Please, let me know the best way to recommend this book for you. Thats the best way to boost sales, no? I'm an expert at providing great recommendations|
|Oct-21-13|| ||Once: <Jim> it seems unlikely at the moment but if it ever happens I will hold you to that!|
|Oct-21-13|| ||Once: <morf> Thanks for the offer of help in recommending the book. I really do appreciate the encouragement.|
I am learning that writing is less than half of the business. You also need to do a lot of work to market the book. There are more than 800,000 e-books on Amazon, so it's a struggle to get noticed. Of these, more than 800 are chess books. That narrows the field considerably, but it still means that you have to fight to get your book to the top of the pile where prospective buyers will see it.
The way Amazon works is that the best selling/ highest recommended books appear near the top of the pile when someone is searching within a category. The more you sell, or the more recommendations you get, the more likely that people will see your book.
I found this out with my fiction book, which I have not marketed at all. As a result I've only had a handful of sales. I'm going to start spreading the word about that one soon.
As for the chess book, there are three ways that you could help. One of them has a price tag, I'm afraid!
The one with a cost is to buy the book on Amazon. This then allows you to rate it out of five and write a review. I don't think you can review without buying it. Sorry about that!
The second way is through word of mouth, or in a more modern way, email. If you could tell your chess playing friends, clubs, associations about the book, then it would help to spread the word.
For example, I have written to chess life magazine offering them a copy of the book to review and asking if they would like to publish an extract. I've also emailed a sample (just four of the puzzles) to the good folks in my own chess club. That sort of thing.
The third way you could help is if you know of anyone else I could tell about the book.
It feels a bit mercenary to be marketing like this, and not my normal way of doing things. But I'm quickly learning that there is not much choice.
|Oct-22-13|| ||Diademas: Congratulations on your book, Im sure its great. If it ever ends up on paper, or I against all odds should get comfortable with new technology, I will buy it!|
Good luck to you and remember us when you stand there with that fat check in Stockholm... ;-)
|Oct-22-13|| ||Once: At the risk of sounding too keen to get another sale....|
This kindle thing is not so hard - honest! If you google "kindle reader for PC" or "kindle reader for Mac" (depending on whether you dress to the left or the right) those nice people at Amazon will cheerfully offer you a free download app thingy.
Mind you, writing it and converting it from word to kindle was moderately frustrating. We used at least eight different software packages, some for the first time. I could easily write another book about that part of the adventure!
|Dec-16-13|| ||hms123: <Once>
You made chesscafe.com: http://www.chesscafe.com/skittles/s...
This ought to give your book a boost.
|Dec-16-13|| ||hms123: And this really ought to help:
|Dec-17-13|| ||Once: You are a star! Many thanks for the plug.|
|Dec-17-13|| ||hms123: <Once> Thanks, but now I am busy worrying about the doings over in Tottenham. Woe is me! Or should that be Woe is us! Woe are us?|
Ok, just plain <Woe!> will have to do.
|Dec-17-13|| ||Once: The Spurs are going through a mini rough patch, especially as they have just parted company with their manager. Mind you, they are still seventh in the premiership which is not too bad.|
Liverpool, on the other hand, are second - just two points behind the leaders Arsenal. That is almost unheard of. You see the benefits of supporting two teams - it gives you a chance that at least one will do well.
The big story is Manchester United all the way down the league table at number eight. That might be a reasonable position for most other teams but for the mighty ManU it's a dreadful place to be. I only hope they give the new manager David Moyes a chance to find his feet.
|Dec-24-13|| ||morfishine: Merry Christmas <Once>! A little down-time is always nice|
|Dec-28-13|| ||Once: Happy Christmas, Morf!
It's been a bit more of an event than usual here in Godalming, Surrey. A tremendous storm brought flooding and power outages, which meant that we spent a large part of Christmas Day driving to the mother-in-law's house. That was the only way we could get electricity. Hopefully your Christmas was a little more settled!
|Feb-10-14|| ||scormus: Hi <Once> At Christmas I became the proud possessor of my first Kindle. Great, one of my first purchases was your book. Still going through them and really enjoying the puzzles, games and "story beside the story."|
|Feb-10-14|| ||Once: That's great to hear - many thanks for buying it. I've been working on fiction recently (and setting up a business) so not had much chance for chess writing. The plan is to get back to it soon.|
|Feb-10-14|| ||scormus: I'll look up your new books.
Sorry to read about your Christmas power outage. We were fine but some of our acquaitances were not so lucky.
|Feb-10-14|| ||Once: It could be worse. This is what is happening just a few miles from us...|
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