Friday, 18 December 2015

Writing - Review, LIKE - please just signify

I saw a mock up of a Christmas present earlier this week which simply said something like - Give an author all they want and REVIEW. In the past I've often said that I don't like reading reviews and the reasons behind that are purely personal, however, I can see that it is probably the best way forward in boosting sales.

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I have some reviews on some books and yet I know people have bought all of my books and some of them haven't left a written review. I can see the same thing happening with Flight into Secrecy even though a number of people have bought the book and several have downloaded sections to read. In an effort to spur you on I report a true quote from someone who purchased the new book,

' ... fantastic - it really makes you think ... '

The first time that adjective has been applied to one of my works but sadly I don't know whether it will make it into those places that will attract more readers to dip their toes into Atkinson's waters.

I am also aware that reviewing on doesn't make it to and vice versa, I have copied reviews from one to the other to assist fellow authors.

LIKE - found on numerous sites is easy enough to click on if that is the extent of a positive message you wish to convey.

It is worth reminding people that this is not only a fictional story linked to a true story but also contains some analysis of the 'facts' released by various governments. Perhaps governments may learn from the mistakes made over MH370 and cooperate with each other when issuing statements concerning such incidents.

The rest of my portfolio is outlined below.

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


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