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NOW CLOSED ‘TIL CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR WEEK, ’17
I’m offering free editing to the first three writers who apply to have a 5,000 word sample of their work-in-progress edited.
What’s the catch?
Only this: I edit on paper, so you will need to pay me for printing out your 5,000 words (20c/page), plus the postage to return it to you.
Why am I offering this?
- Hey, it’s Christmas!
- In twenty-five years of working as a manuscript evaluator and editor, I’ve found there is never any work in the last weeks of December; people have too much else on their minds. But I don’t like to be idle, so I thought I’d offer this as a little present to struggling writers. The cost of printing out the sample, plus the return postage, is the only cost you’ll have.
DO NOT SEND YOUR 5,000-WORD EXTRACT UNTIL YOU KNOW YOU ARE ONE OF THE 1ST THREE WRITERS TO APPLY.
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NB I WILL ACCEPT EXTRACTS only FROM THE FIRST THREE WRITERS WHO APPLY. Do NOT send your extract with your query email.
Wishing you the very best of the Season! Hope 2017 is good for you and your writing.
Have you spent more than $50 on Amazon in your lifetime? (I think it’s in your lifetime.) They’re now instigating this rule where they won’t let you post a review, even though you’ve bought the book, unless you have spent that amount.
The $50 rule
I was recently emailed by someone who’d bought my collection of short stories Dropping Out at goo.gl/FtL0zz and went to post a review, only to discover they were not allowed to do so because of Amazon’s new $50.00 rule. This rule is as follows:
“To post a review, customers must spend [must have spent] at least $50.00 [with Amazon] using a valid credit or debit card. Prime subscriptions and promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50.00 minimum. Customers in the same household cannot submit a review for the same product.”
I had heard of this rule, but hadn’t known any instances in which it had been applied. Until now. It’s an interesting rule, and one that is well intentioned. There are paid review mills out there who, using one or two credit/debit cards, can post hundreds of reviews under different names, thus pushing up an author’s chances of having his or her book bought.
OK, I see that. But I wonder about all the new people coming along, who are only just finding their way on the web and only just beginning to buy online. These people will be excluded. For the moment, at any rate. And when they’ve chalked up $50 (Will they be counting?), will they remember to go back and post a review for you? Don’t think so.
Another little rule, especially designed to catch out writer friends, is the long established habit of review swapping.
Amazon has always frowned on this but made few active attempts to police it. No more. Be aware, oh indie writers out there, that this has now changed. And even if you’re not a bestseller, you’re still not safe. I know of instances where Amazon has actively pursued small-time writers who swapped reviews (and some who hadn’t), removing favourable reviews —and in the process sometimes mistakenly removing reviews by people the poor writer had never even heard of.
More collateral damage, pay no attention.
The online world is a hard world, especially where money is concerned. If you’re an indie writer, watch out for these two things. The first is obvious. The second might just catch you unawares.
If you would like to read more about the new Amazon rules, Anne Allen has a very readable post on this subject at: