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The Kiss of Death eBook Review

Gilles_Demarteau_-_Buste_de_jeune_femme_lisant_Héloïse_et_AbélardWith the advent of cyberspace and the ability to become a self-published author, independent of a publishing company, the role of an author in the 21st Century is different than previous centuries.  He or she must be the writer, the editor, the proof reader, and the promoter, and he must do it to the best of his ability because competition is fierce.  Not only must the book be flawless, it has to be written to a category that people are actually interested in reading because to further complicate the Indie’s endeavors is the knowledge that society at large does not read the way other generations did as they are lost in cyberspace playing with games, gadgets, and texting. And then there is  the matter of a cover. It has to catch the eye of a stray consumer,  convey the story yet be appealing but not too busy, gory, plain, or give the consumer a misleading impression as to the book’s content.

Eventually, the book will find its way to the Amazon store, and there it will be with four million others languishing away and you don’t know why. You did all the right things, but most eBook authors will never earn more than a few hundred dollars; however, there have been those who have known great success. The point being the road to eBook success is fraught with disappointment, hard work, and careful consideration to details.  If done correctly, someone might read your book and leave a decent review.

Reviews are hard to come by and not to be expected, and the last thing an eBook author needs is a ‘kiss of death review’. These are reviews usually written by other eBook authors under the anonymity of an alias that can’t be tracked anywhere, and the main purpose is to kill the competition giving their book an unfair edge.  They usually start out by giving the book and the author a rave review, then comes the knife to the heart; and the reviewer starts talking about massive typos, bad grammar, and faulty punctuation. He then gives you a five-star rating, and moves on to his next victim.

If you are guilty of those crimes, you must fix the book because no one will buy it after reading what a deplorable writer you are, but if you are confident in your writing skills and smell a rat, there is something you can do. Reach out to the ‘KDP Quality Assurance Team’, and ask them to run the book through their systems to check for issues that might cause a poor reading experience. When the report comes back clean, go to the comment section right below the bad review, almost always in GoodReads, and give the reviewer a bad review citing the KDP Report. Any potential reader should be able to draw their own conclusion, and not pay much attention to the bad review, but make no mistake there are poorly written Indie books by the thousands.

It’s next to impossible to get a review removed, which is why these reviews are rated so high but you as the author must minimize the damage, and it will make you feel better. You have worked far to hard to go under to a ‘kiss of death’ review. Fight back, and don’t be afraid to write about it on your blog site and Facebook Author Page.

Cyberspace is the international highway where the good, bad, and the ugly meet and merge. Do not surprised when you run into an unscrupulous author. Let them be surprised when they encounter a tenacious writer.

Where Is My Wayward Cloud?

I type on a Japanese computer protected by a Russian Anti-Virus program, and use a cell phone and tablet manufactured in Korea. All three companies have their support staffs in Indian staffed by personnel that speak English that is not recognized as such. ohio-114092_960_720

Add to that mix that I live off grid, and my internet connectivity is mounted on a silo in a cow pasture. This is where my internet journey begins; on that silo with cows walking around looking at it because they know it is filled with grain. I have no idea where the cows come from, but they eventually end up at the slaughterhouse as they are beef cows. I assume they are American cows; however, they could be Russian spies for all I know. Also, due to this strange arrangement, I cannot determine exactly where my cyber cloud is, but I know its not in my house or hanging out over the silo. It’s just out there somewhere.

My cyber footprint is large, and it causes me to wonder how the cloud thing works. I have a Facebook Account, of course, a blog site, I publish digital books through Kindle which are sold through Amazon, belong to the KDP Kindle Network and several other writing sites. All of those transactions occur somewhere in an invisible cloud that apparently travels around the world.

I believe the cloud spans the world because of my blog site which includes a map that is updated daily, and illustrates what countries have visited your site on any particular day. Today when I logged in, it was not hard to tell that someone had visited my blog site from China because that country is represented in bright orange, and covers most of  Asia. Although I have included comment boxes on my pages, my visitor left no comment but looked at my pages, read my content, looked at my books, and moved on. They were just visiting.

It’s a good thing to have visitors, especially foreign visitors because you know your content is getting out there, but never forget what goes into cyberspace stays in cyberspace. More importantly, always remember people around the world can reach out and touch you anytime they want, and sometimes, their intent is not friendly.

Brand New Look


To my flocks of admirers:

In keeping with the occasion, I got my hard hat out, and pulled my favorite flapper dress out of mouth balls, and went right to work updating my blog page. Come check me out, and let me know what you think.

To my friends and family, a very happy New Year’s Eve.