This reminder is for any of you who post your book review(s) on Amazon sites other than Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
If you want the rest of the world to see what you have written, don’t just post it on your own country’s Amazon site. Whether you agree or not, as far as Amazon is concerned, the two most important book selling sites they have are the above. By all means post on your local Amazon site. But to get your thoughts on any given book well-known, first of all post them on the two main sites.
The sixth review for my extremely short historical novella Autumn 1066 was originally posted on Amazon.ca (Canada) before it appeared on Amazon.com at my urging yesterday:
on November 30, 2017
Writing about history needs special skills which Jack Eason has. I enjoyed reading This Book. I am honoured to learn from Jack Eason’s years of experience. Keeping history alive is priceless. Thanks for writing.
Remember, when it comes to sales and readership, your thoughts not only matter, but also encourage others to want to read the book you have reviewed!
Finally after almost seventy years I’ve just read George Orwell’s account of his involvement in the Spanish Civil War, fighting with the Workers Party of Marxist Unification or POUM, against the facists, until it was declared Trotskyite and therefore illegal. Inevitably this led to thousands from the International Brigade being arrested and imprisoned without trial.
Sound familiar? The same tactic is still being used today. Nothing changes…
Here’s what I had to say in my short review:
on 28 September 2017
All my life I have wanted to read Eric Blair’s Homage to Catalonia. It is his personal account of fighting in the front lines against the facists during the Spanish Civil War. Blair (Orwell) fought in the Communist Brigade (POUM) and was wounded. Like most memoirs it can be a bit long-winded. But it doesn’t detract from the fact that it is a tale worth reading.
So there you have it folks. If you love a good story well told, read it for yourselves…
In 2012, I published the very first book I ever wrote, back in 1995 – Turning Point. Out of it came my science fiction space opera Onet’s Tale. While TP was largely met with scorn and derision by the total connards of the US, not everyone hated it. Since the rules were changed by Amazon, no-one buys it any more. They merely wait until they can get their grubby paws on a free copy.
Once again last month I offered it for free. Guess what, it’s being read again. This time here in the UK! With 209 free copies taken this time round, and one copy actually bought, the number of pages read works out at 368. Divide that number by 168, the number of pages in the book, and you arrive at 2.19 books read. A pitiful amount I grant you. But at least two and a bit people are reading it…
Here are the UK reviews:
So if anything is to be learnt here, it is that books fall in and out of favour. The shame of it is that no-one wants to actually buy an ebook any more!
It would appear that what I said at the end of yesterday’s post has done some good.
on June 29, 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Before I read Jack Eason’s historical fiction novella, Autumn 1066, I knew nothing about Britain’s entry into the Middle Ages. I had no idea there was an end of Anglo-Saxon dominance. My interest centered on other well-known war histories. All of that changed reading the first pages of Autumn 1066. His introduction to two warriors, Aldred and Cynric brought the story to realistic life. Eason’s description of various army leaders in fierce competition for the throne set up the background for why the battles took place. The intrigue and intertwining of the characters relationships and motives to win kept my interest. Eason moved the story along with vivid descriptions of hand-to-hand combat, volley of arrows raining down, and shield walls set up and broken. One clever leader borrowed the Roman tactic of the armored Turtle formation that made the warriors invulnerable to anything hurled at them as they marched uphill into battle. Jack Eason kept a good balance between historical facts and a compelling story, well worth the read.
Don’t forget that today (Friday 30th June, and tomorrow Saturday 1st July, you can download a free copy of the Kindle version of Autumn 1066 for yourselves.
…but well worth the wait. Here is what the Flemish author of the award winning crime novel Baudelair’s Revenge – Bob Van Laerhoven, had to say about my extremely short historical novella Autumn 1066.
As a Fleming, I knew that my knowledge of Britain’s entry into the Middle Ages was sketchy before I started reading Jack Eason’s Autumn 1066, but, after having read his novella, I must admit that it was also based on clichés and vague concepts. Autumn 1066 remedied this thoroughly. Eason has the gift of condensing and presenting historical facts in such a way that, although manifold and thoroughly researched, they hinder in no way the suspense of his war-story. Eason paints a clear portrait of the growing tensions between various factions competing for the throne, and the leaders of various armies, but also of the common soldiers, ordinary men who were forced to fight the wars of the nobility. For his vivid, and shocking, description of the battlefields, Eason focuses on two such ordinary warriors, Aldred and Cynric. When he describes the man-to-man fights and the deadly swarms of arrows, the reader can actually feel the fear and the agony of the warriors. In spite of the extensive historical background, Eason’s cast of characters, high and low, doesn’t degrade into stereotypes. They remain people like you and me, tackling life as best as they can when they are poor, and victims of greed and the overwhelming desire for power when they are rich. Writing historical fiction is all about keeping equilibrium between a passionate story and historical facts. Jack Eason has done that remarkably well.
Hopefully Bob’s review will appear soon on all Amazon sites. So if he and Sally Cronin can deliver, why can’t everyone else who promised to write a review!
By the way, I uploaded the Kindle version yesterday at the KDP base price of US$2.99. Depending which Amazon outlet you use, determines the price you will pay. But if your quick off the mark, you will be able to get yourselves a free copy tomorrow (Friday 30th June 2017) and (Saturday 1st July 2017).
If you are a book lover, then common decency dictates that once you’ve read a book, to show how much you enjoyed reading it, you post a review. That is the accepted norm…
What I’m about to tell you cannot be stressed enough – the reality of the situation is that without reviews, a book soon dies.
As I always review every book I read, it should come as no surprise that I’ve just posted one for the book pictured above. You can read it below. It’s just a shame that the few who bought a copy of my latest Autumn 1066 haven’t done the same thing. Ask yourselves one simple question – in the end what is it that attracts you to a particular book? Forget about the cover. That’s nothing more or less than window dressing designed to attract the eye of the non-reader.
Instead take a long hard look at the reviews a book receives. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it until the day the cows come home. When you take the time to think about it, it’s a no-brainer. Carefully considered reviews are what sell books!!
Now here’s my review for Bernard Cornwell’s Stonehenge 2000BC:-
Which only goes to show how little people appreciate a brilliantly written novel when it is presented to them by …
, 5 Jun. 2017
This review is from: Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000 BC (Kindle Edition)
Stonehenge 2000BC is not a book to be instantly dismissed. And yet that is precisely what so many readers have done in the past. Which only goes to show how little people appreciate a brilliantly written novel when it is presented to them by one of today’s most celebrated writers. Don’t be one of Bernard’s detractors. Instead be one of his fans.
Come on people, if you bought a copy of my latest, follow my example – write and post a review! If I can find the time to write a short positive one for Bernard’s novel, then so can you. Falling back on the old excuse of ‘I’ll get round to it’ is completely unacceptable, and you darned well know it!
Top Customer Reviews
Don’t forget there’s plenty of space below these reviews on the Amazon site of your choice to add your own. Two positive reviews is a good start…