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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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But the word will get out there regardless - why would a few days or weeks make much difference? Particularly with social media and the way things go viral, word will get out pretty quickly anyway.

 

In the book world, every single day counts. An author (even the relatively well known ones) have a maximum of three months in which to make an impact before the marketing team will move on to the next "big thing". If the book doesn't sell in the projected numbers within those three months then the author is less likely to get a big advance for their next book and less likely to get the the same marketing budget (if at all). That's why it's so important to get those reviews out there the moment the book is published and why publishers work to such long lead times, sending out advance review copies three months before the book is even published.

 

This is also what puts the self publisher (especially with print on demand) author at such a disadvantage, as most do not have the budget to give out this number of free copies knowing that most newspapers and magazines will not review their work anyway, not to mention the fact that print on demand, due it's very nature cannot work three months ahead.

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Looks like Iain M. Banks latest book, The Hydrogen Sonata, is picking up protest votes because of the Kindle pricing. It's annoying having to pick through these comments to try and find the actual reviews.

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I think Amazon should put something in place so that you can only write a review on an item you've actually bought from them.

 

Well, they haven't quite gone this far, but I've just spotted that some reviews are now marked Amazon Verified Purchase

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^ I've noticed in the last few weeks that Amazon is preventing reviews on some new products until they have been released.

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I very seldom use Amazon. But then again, I live in Sweden where we have other stuff. I have ordered a couple of items from Amazon though. But I do not like the design/layout of the website at all. It's messy IMO. I have read a couple of reviews there when I wanted to know more about a couple of books. But I always keep in mind that everyone have different opinions. 

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Especially after the Ellory revelations around him giving positive reviews of his own books and marking down other books, I have steered away from Amazon's rating system.  I still read the occasional review but that is usually after I have purchased the book and read it, just to see what others thought of it.  I used to use the forums on Amazon and the amount of people that were on there promoting their own work in proportion to readers and shoppers made it that I doubted the genuineness of most of the reviews. 

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I read a review the other day and the book was given a 5 star rating - the person reviewing it said she had bought the book after she had heard so much about it and can't wait to read it :(

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Amazon has a very strange ratings policy, Amazon ratings can be faked to some extent but still youi can make a descision based on the ration of positive and negative reviews for a book/product

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I'm not sure if it's funny or worrying that they occasionally publish this story as though it's a problem they've only just discovered!

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