I'm starting to read The Clown and enjoying it a lot. My only regret is that with my own writing, work, tasks and spiraling through other writers work, i can't read more speedily - but as William Hartnell once said (Doctor Who - 1964) 'I shall return. Yes, one day ... i shall return!'
I miss E.M. She was a great writer and a very nice person. Interacting with her was a pleasure.
Unfortunately she got a bit disillusioned following a rejection from Amazon Kindle Scout, and decided to go and spend more time with her family. I wish she had left her stories on here though and hope she returns in time.
I miss her too! Was she disillusioned because not all the writers here nominated her book? Personally I don't feel comfortable nominating books I haven't read because the whole system seems set up to reward the most aggressive promoters rather than the most well-written work. There could be some book of absolute utter brilliance somewhere on Kindle Scout, but that author might be introverted and have no friends or family, while a really popular extrovert with a substandard work will get published just because they have a lot of friends. Books shouldn't get published based on the popularity of the writer. It's just a popularity contest, in my opinion, and not a reflection on her work. I sure hope she changes her mind and comes back! (╯︵╰,)
Akje - My understanding of Kindle Scout is that votes from others get you on the metaphorical table - if you get the votes, you'll get your novel read.
The rejection came from the judging stage. Amazon authorized book readers (presumably with professional bonafides) then evaluate your work and accept or reject along the same lines as you would expect, if they were actual agents/publishers. The only difference here is that with the latter, your piece of brilliance (or fecal matter) might not even get a read.
As any reading and evaluating, even by accredited folk, is subjective, E.M.'s book, judging by writing of hers that I've perused, might not have been under the required standard, but merely not what that reader liked/wanted/was looking for.
My own philosophy is quite simple. I'll work on TRANSVERSE and submit it to AKS first (I wish i'd known the rules a while ago as I automatically invalidated 3 other books of mine by publishing them on Amazon proper) and if they are so foolish as to not love it, then I will simply shrug and upload it to my Amazon Kindle Dashboard. $1500 and 5 years of Amazon promo would be handy, but at the end of the day, I've gone my own way before and can continue to in the future if need be.
All this won't prevent me submitting my next completed work to AKS, because ... if at first etc ...
Jason Greenfield wrote:
My own philosophy is quite simple. I'll work on TRANSVERSE and submit it to AKS first (I wish I'd known the rules a while ago as I automatically invalidated 3 other books of mine by publishing them on Amazon proper) and if they are so foolish as to not love it, then I will simply shrug and upload it to my Amazon Kindle Dashboard. $1500 and 5 years of Amazon promo would be handy, but at the end of the day, I've gone my own way before and can continue to in the future if need be.
I don't blame you! If they promote your book for five years, then readers would be directed to your previously published work, too. Can't hurt to try, eh? ^_~
When my book was chosen, it encouraged me to continue writing. I will always be thankful to you and those who liked it.
Because of this honor, I will probably always write. It is so important what you did for new writers. Even if no one else reads my books to have someone like it enough to feature it was the highest compliment I have received. I'm sure the other featured writers feel the same, but it's important to thank you and let you know what a difference it made. It's very easy to believe others when they offer discouraging words. An honor like this will keep a writer going for years. Thanks.