09-23-2011 03:22 PM - edited 09-23-2011 03:24 PM
I would like to get some good ratings and good reviews on my poetry book entitled, 'Poetry For All Ages' on my (((**Ebook version**))) and to return the favor I will do the same for you. The good ratings and reviews on the Ebooks help generate sales on our books when customers see that the book that they are looking at are getting good reviews and ratings. As of right now....to review the poery in my Ebook you will have to go to the print version and look at the free preview there and go back to my Ebook and leave the good rating and good review on the Ebook sight so customers can see the ratings and the reviews. Please don't leave the reviews on this post leave them on my Ebook site where customers can see the good review and don't forget to click how many stars to give it. Make sure to at least click 4 stars and I will do the same for your Ebooks or print books whichever you prefer. Thanks a millillion!! Remember the favour WILL be returned if you leave ONLY GOOD ratings and reviews on my Ebook where customers can see it. **Remember** you'll have to view my preview on my storefront of the *print* version of 'Poetry For All Ages'....then go to my storefront again and leave the GOOD reviews and ratings on my ******EBOOK***** located on my storefront so customers can see it and AGAIN I will return the favor! Again, I will return the favor!!! Thanks!!!! The link to my storefront is http://www.lulu.com/victoriahill
09-23-2011 07:35 PM - edited 09-23-2011 07:39 PM
Ermm, but what if your and our creations are rubbish? BTW, why is the text on your pages in colour?
Do you know how much that adds to the price?!
09-23-2011 10:12 PM
09-23-2011 10:39 PM
Kevinlomas, I am just trying to help myself and others generate more sales because us self-published Lulu (ers) are left to defend ourselves
Defend? Against what? But giving glowing reviews to anything is doing no one any favours.
and market ourselves and being a successful marketer of our own books is a hard thing to do.
But many of us already do and are, but not by giving each other reviews we may not deserve.
SOOO, in order to help MYSELF and other people in the process I am willing to at least give a good rating and review even if it's in a genre that I don't in particularly fancy.
But no, you should only give a fair review. Look at it like this >>> readers hate to find that they have more or less been lied to after they have spent good money.
It's kind of like the old saying, 'One good turn deserves another'.
Indeed it is, but it is also like a 'club' of people turning a blind eye to, let's face it, some of the rubbish created here. Most of those who ask an opinion of US, here, in the forum, like honesty, then they can do something about it and create a better product.
I don't see anything wrong with my approach to this.
That's a worry ...
ANYWAY, there's always going to be a person that's going to think that your book/cd/calender/music or whatever it is is "rubbish".
I am sure there will be, but at least people can be honest with reviews, then people do not waste their money buying them.
I'm not worried about it because I put my all into my book and I am satisfied with it and I know everyone puts their all into their work
Just how many books have you actually looked at that have been created on Lulu?
...so in all actuality, in my opinion no one's work is "rubbish" because it's that person's hard work, their dreams and who am I to smash them?
No, you have to be diplomatic and suggest how they can better it. Most welcome the suggestions.
I am trying to help generate sales for my newly published iEbook by getting positive ratings and reviews
Yes, but by promising to do the same for others, regardless of if their book is good or not ...
and I will do my best to help others do the same thing for their iEbook that are willing to help me.
As for the color text....I wanted to do that for more page appeal. As far as the price goes....well...my iEbook is only $1.99 I don't that's too expensive or in any way "breaking the bank".
I was looking at one of your 'real' books.
As far as the price in the print version of my book I am trying to figure out a way to change it to back to black and white to make it more price friendly....hopefully I will find my original pdf file on my external hard drive and change that...
You must have the original file somewhere? Perhaps as a doc? You just change that then Revise the project.
09-24-2011 12:34 AM
09-24-2011 04:28 PM - edited 09-24-2011 07:45 PM
But using this logic there would be no adverse reviews anywhere for any product because everyone would simply ask someone else to do them a favour for the favour in return in a kind of self-reinforcing process. The reviews would then become meaningless. If practised in political circles this process is known as corruption. People wishing to purchase an item, whether it be a book or an extending loft ladder, often base their choice on the reliability of reviews. Your way is dishonest because if you look back on the forum most authors ask for an 'honest' critique of their work, however unpalatable that may be for them. You will not find serious authors here on Lulu asking for favourable reviews in the hope that they can make money from a public possibly deceived and most would look most unfavourably on your request. so, please ask other users to comment on the presentation and/or content and take on board any criticisms. Once you feel satisfied with your final product then leave it open for others to review as they see fit - as we do.
09-25-2011 01:29 AM
09-25-2011 01:46 AM
The reply prior to this one put it very well, and seeing as you see no harm in this I am not sure why I am replying again, but I will, because I do.
Kevinlomas, Okay so you have beef with me asking for positive reviews and ratings and wanting to simply return the favor.
Yes, it is dishonest. Even asking for them is wrong, so is offering them.
Finding something that you like about someone's work isn't lieing...you're pointing out what you liked about it.
But not what you dislike about it. "Wonderfull cars! (I will not mention they burst in to flames)".
As far my books being expensive, I do wish they were cheaper and I plan to do some revising to the print version of my poetry book to make it cheaper, but even now my prices isn't exactly breaking the bank.
You have to compete on price.
As far as my approach being "A worry" of my approach not really because you can "honestly" and "diplomatically" tell what you liked about everyone's work.
Hardly positive and glowing reviews then are they?
There's no lieing to it just tell what you liked. It's that simple.
There is such a thing as deception, such as the example I gave above (which is a real one.)
I always find that I always like at least one thing about someone's work.
As a percentage that would possibly be 1% then ...
Sooo, it's not lieing or stretching the truth.
It's deception. Dishonest. But it is also not what you offered.
There is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS going to be someone to find something wrong with one's work....no matter what (((As I stated before I believe))).
Indeed, but it can just be a matter of opinion and taste, rather than a book being unreadable! (This IS a DIY site.)
Soooooo, in all actualality someone's work will NEVER be perfect to everyone.
It depends what on what you call perfect. I repeat >> this is a DIY site, I am not simply on about how good a STORY is.
I have read some books from very well established authors and even with their books I have found mistakes or imperfections or just simply something I disliked.
I read a lot of books. There can be the odd proofreading error, but that is about it. And a dislike of some story ot other can just be a matter of taste, not a mistake.
But ANYWAY, all my books ARE all "Real Books".
Well no they are not. Note the inverted commas. Some are E-books.
Yes, even poetry books are considered real books too. I think I knew what you meant by that remark.....but made me wonder.
Well I think you guessed wrong.
Oh yeah, on the 5 tips section of how to sell your iEbooks easier the post stated to "get your friends and family to give you reviews" because it said it would help generate sales and that tip is really no different than what I am doing here. But anyway, if you have a problem with it. then just don't do it....
There is a massive difference. Friends and family will not tell you what they really think. Some will even say they will buy your book and then don't. And the people on Lulu are not your friends and family, they are total strangers you were asking for glowing reviews in exchange for same. Not that any of this matters. Who is even going to see the reviews?
09-25-2011 02:00 AM
I get the impression we are replying to a child here..
This is what you said >>> "I would like to get some good ratings and good reviews on my poetry book entitled, 'Poetry For All Ages' on my (((**Ebook version**))) and to return the favor I will do the same for you. The good ratings and reviews on the Ebooks help generate sales on our books when customers see that the book that they are looking at are getting good reviews and ratings."
End of story ...
09-25-2011 02:23 AM