The Great Glob Giveaway


Well, the five day giveaway has come to an end. No great surprises that the majority of free copies eagerly snapped up was in the United States. Afer all, when it comes to eBooks, the US is the largest market. Here are the final figures per Amazon outlet:- (USA) – 1120 (United Kingdom) – 118 (Germany) – 54 (France) – nil (Spain) – nil (Italy) – 2 (Japan) – nil (India) – nil (Canada) – 3 (Brazil) – nil (Mexico) – nil (Australia) – 4

Total – 1301

Once again there are no major surprises, apart from Italy. Two people living there got themselves a copy. Thank you Italy.

Had the giveaway lasted another five days, by the way things went I suspect that Germany would have passed the UK’s total. When it comes to my book sales in Europe, Germany positively shines, whereas my own homeland (the UK) does not.

When it comes to Ebooks written in English, half the countries where Amazon has an outlet simply aren’t interested. Plus, let us not forget that in dear old Glob’s case, the dialogue between various characters is not exactly standard UK English, being Goblinese.

What will be interesting to see is if the thirteen hundred and one individuals who now have a copy from this latest giveaway will actually bother to read it. Judging by previous giveaways, the simple answer is no. For the few who do read it, how many of them will feel inclined to write a review I wonder? Again, I doubt any will bother. The last time I checked, Glob had twenty reviews on and eight on Once again, will we see any improvement on those particular figures? I doubt it.

Just think folks, since Glob’s Tales first appeared on the world market back in 2012, it has barely sold three hundred copies, including the paperback version. To date, four thousand three hundred and one people have got themselves a copy for free. It says a lot about today’s crop of readers, pennypinchers all.

One thing is for certain, my kind of fantasy storytelling is not what today’s young adults want to read. It’s their loss, not mine.

Makes you wonder…

Marketing, yeah well whatever.

More on marketing and genre choice…

Jim Webster


It’s all well and good having written a book, what about selling it? Not wanting to talk dirty or anything, but seriously people, you’ve poured a lot of time into the who literary process, so it wouldn’t hurt to get a few bob back.

After all, a couple of weeks back I talked about how much it cost to produce this book. (So how much money is there in this book writing job anyway)

So how do you do it?

Well frankly I don’t think a lot of Indie author’s actually do any marketing. There was a fascinating article in the Guardian about the Self-Publishing boom.

It made the fascinating comment “18m self-published titles purchased, worth £59m,”

By my reckoning this means the average self-published book nets £3.27.
Even if 6m of the self-published titles are free this means the average purchased on brings in £4.91.


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What I would really like to say, but can’t


When it comes to reviews, as writers we are constantly being attacked by complete idiots. While we all know that we must ignore the total morons, otherwise we would be playing into their hands, wouldn’t it great if we could reply to them?

Here is a small sample of some reviews for my books from various individuals on Amazon with an axe to grind, along with what I would dearly have loved to say to them. Each one of the reviewers shows their true colours.


“My expectations kept drooping as I read the book until I could stand it no more. I felt like I was reading a narrative put together by a 7 year old without the pleasure of a 7 year old’s breathless enthusiasm. What a waste of time!”

Just a couple of points here idiot, have you ever published a book? Have you ever written anything other than your name? Can you even do joined up writing? Or do you print using crayon?


“The story dosent really pull the reader in. The writing is ment for a very young reader. The story line is rather boring.”

Considering you obviously can’t spell you moronic little twit, I’m not surprised that you found it boring.


“I loved the cover and thought these tales would be more in the horror genre. The title is misleading, should be titled …tales for children. Only made it to 16% and stopped. The stories had no substance to them. Might be a good choice for parents to read to their kiddies at bedtime.”

Idiot! Serves you right for not reading the first few pages using the ‘look inside’ feature before buying. That’s why its there – use it next time!


Why Amazon approves outbursts like the above is simply baffling. One thing is for certain, until Amazon’s management decide to side with the writer, we will all continue to be subjected to the bile of these stupid people.