This week in science history is one huge conspiracy.
Yep, I’m finally into the last stages of getting my story collection out! The words are all written, the cover is designed, the parchment has been soaked in swamp water overnight while the moon was full, and all of the other zillion and one details that go on behind the scenes are almost set to go. And I have a release date too! Mark this in your diaries:
I need to organize some advanced reader review people to send copies to ahead of the release and also need to set out the print formatting (yes, it’s going to be available in print too!) but that’s essentially it.
So, if you want to get your eyes on this ahead of the release and are willing to spend a few minutes writing a review after reading just let me know. I’ll email you an electronic version of the book to you and you’ll be able to leave reviews on Goodreads shortly.
Please note the number of review copies is limited. So it’s first come, first served.
Thanks for your help!
Since releasing my short stories as ebooks I’ve been approached several times (mostly through Goodreads) to have a review written for my books in exchange for cash.
Reviews are the lifeblood of an i independent author. With sales literally hanging in the balance over them, in the online world potential buyers rely on reviews and ratings from other people to decide whether to buy a book or not. So they’re critical to the success of a book.
You might not know this but many “reviews” are in fact simply paid for, by the publisher or producers of a piece of work. For example the often vaunted Kirkus book reviews cost authors over $400 (over $500 if you want the “express” service). Many people probably look at the movie ratings and reviews on the IMDB website, not realizing that movie companies pay people in large numbers to rate and review the releases positively.
This sort of thing has been going on for years of course, from the record companies that buy thousands of their own records to game the charts to Doctors paid by extremely rich pharmaceutical companies to give positive test results for (or even prescribe!) specific drugs.
So as a writer what do you do? If you stick to the “moral high-ground” and refuse to pay for reviews you run the very real risk of not being read. If you go the “pragmatic” route and accept that “everyone’s doing it, so I may as well” then you’re throwing out your morals with the bathwater.
Salvor Hardin once said “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” – unfortunately in this case for the reviewers (who undoubtedly make a fair amount of money at this game) my sense of morals tells me not to pay for a review. Ever.
(This post was originally posted on K. Caffee’s website – thanks Kathryn!)
2011 – In Sweden, the first artificial organ transplant was performed. During the operation an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells was implanted in to a patient suffering from cancer of the trachea. I think we know how this all ends…
The last week has been a busy one for many reasons, but one of the most enjoyable of these is that we finally had our screen room built on the deck.
Northern Ontario is bug heaven with blackfly season transitioning through to mosquito season through to horseflies in a seamless transition.. There’s usually a period of around two weeks in early Spring where we get good weather and not too many bugs and after that we’re eaten alive all the way until fall(autumn).
We bought a screen room kit a while ago that was great while it worked, but was a pain because it needed putting up and taking down at the beginning and end of the year. As it was a fairly cheap kit (I say cheap but it still cost $1500!) it soon started to wear from the constant screwing/unscrewing and wasn’t going to last much longer.
I knew roughly what I wanted and even started doing some very rough (and naive!) 3d modelling of what I had in mind. I felt the construction wouldn’t be too hard, but with my foot still not healed there was no way I could have carried out the work.
Luckily for us we’d connected with a very good contractor when we were planning our garage build and Mike from Aries Construction was happy to help us bring our screen room ideas to life.Mike is great to work with and highly experienced so able to take on all sizes of job, and I’d highly recommend him to anyone looking for a contractor.
So here it is, now finished. It’s an airy 8×16 with a tinted transparent roof that blocks UV but doesn’t shadow the natural light entering the kitchen.
We really wanted something that would stay up all year round and we knew we’d get a lot of use out of it in the summer. For me it will be the perfect summer writer’s garret. I can sit out there any time it’s warm enough with my laptop and not worry about bugs or even rain while I hammer out my daily word counts. On an evening it will be perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or a beer in the warm evening sun while enjoying a good read!
Where’s your favorite summer spot for writing or reading?
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A slightly twisted look at this week’s scientific events, featuring a lot of space related topics and it might all be just a hologram!
1932 – David Randolph Scott was born. Scott is an engineer, test pilot and astronaut who flew on the Apollo 15 mission and became the seventh person to walk on the moon. His brother starred in a lot of Westerns…
Monday’s coffee is fair of taste
Tuesday’s coffee is full of haste
Wednesday’s coffee fights hump day woe,
Thursday’s coffee hasn’t far to go,
Friday’s coffee is mellow and giving,
Saturday’s coffee works hard for a living,
But the coffee brewed on sabbath morn
Is good with bacon, sausages and more.