Stoc wins Gold!

I am very pleased to announce that my third novel in the New Druids series, Stoc, has won the GOLD award in the Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards 2018 (GeBA) in the category Fantasy, Other Worlds.

This marks the third award from the organisation for my novels, Duilleog won GOLD in 2016, Craobh one BRONZE in 2017, and now another GOLD for Stoc.

Thanks to Dan Poynter’s GeBA and the judges. You honour me. And congratulations to the other winners.

San Diego Comic-Con 2018

So here I am at San Diego Comic-Con 2018! Staying at a friends place and enjoying the San Diego weather. This year I managed to get into SDCC as a Creative Professional. All four days plus preview night. Yesterday I recced the lay of the land and watched all the cool outside areas being built. I stood in line for the Laika display and inside marvelled at the fantastic technology and artistry that goes into making movies like Coraline, The Boxtrolls and ParaNorman. Very cool. Now that I’ve figured out how to transfer my photos from my iPhone over to my MacBook Air I’ll post the pictures here and on my Facebook account. Note to Apple: TRANSFERRING PHOTOS IS TOO CONFUSING AND STUPID! lol

Tonight is Preview Night. Supposedly there is a Professional entrance line – the only perk it seems. Hopefully, this gets me in before the “flippers” barge in. Flippers are people who snatch up all the SDCC exclusive merchandise and flip it onto eBay for profit. Yucky.

 

Look for me at SDCC2018 if you are here! I’ll give you access to my first novel for free! Watch for my tweets! Ciao!

Amazon Review Issues

I’ve heard from readers that they are unable to leave reviews on

Amazon Reviews

Amazon for Freamhaigh. I reached out to Amazon to inquire why that may be and they could only confirm that there shouldn’t be issues and that no reviews had been removed.

A reader reported to me she keeps getting the message “they’re experiencing difficulties and to try again later”.  She has, at least seven times over.

They did state for my readers to contact them at http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/general-questions.html and report the issue. I’m not sure what the results of that will be.

I only bring this up because as an Indie Author I am dependent on reviews to generate interest in my novels and to boost my presence on Amazon. If you are intent on leaving a review, and you are experiencing the same error, please take the time to contact Amazon. Thanks.

Amazon KDP Series Page

Amazon KDP provides a pretty neat service if you ask. They will establish a “series page” for your novels if you ask. Its a pretty useful link and you can direct all your novel traffic there for “one-stop” shopping.

I had Amazon set this up for me for when I had three novels in the New Druids series. I loved it and even went so far as to have my business cards and bookmarks provide a QR code to send people to the Amazon KDP series page.

Then I released Freamhaigh and Amazon dutifully updated the series page to include the new novel. In doing so, they changed the URL. Which meant that all my business cards and bookmarks I had made up were providing a QR code to a dated URL. I asked Amazon to correct this. Turns out they can’t. I’m not sure why; they simply provided a reply to me that they could not.

I’m an IT savvy fellow. I am disappointed to say the least. I know it can be done and translate their response to: its too much manual labour and if they do this for me they will have to do it for everyone. I’m guessing here. I will say that Amazon, as usual, have been very responsive and very supportive. They have even stated:

“I’ll take your concern as feature request and communicate the same to our business team for consideration as we plan future improvements.

Feedback like yours motivates us to dive deep and unearth ways and means which helps us in making publishing on KDP convenient with most features. We definitely value your opinion and will continue to listen and respond to our publisher’s concerns. We will make every effort to evaluate the information you have provided, and try our level best to lead it to program changes or enhancements.”

Interesting. It doesn’t help me now though. I have all these great cards and bookmarks that no longer function as intended. Another hit to Indie Authors, sadly. At least they are listening.