Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, One Two wins the 2017
Millennium Book Award
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"The best book reviews are the ones that get into the mind of its author"
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There’s one truth we are loathed to admit. Book reviews no longer sell books like they used to! It‘s a bold statement that needs quantifying and of course there are exceptions, but in the main this post is aimed at the 95% of traditionally published and indie published authors who struggle to get more than a handful of reviews for their books.
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Unless you have been on a desert island for the last 10 years you can’t log on to Twitter or Facebook without finding an author tweeting about their latest book. Readers will often make purchasing decisions based upon the strength of a post and it’s rare for an author to make it into the spotlight on the strength of a book alone.
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Military tech novels have now become something of a subgenre, exploring weapons and warfare in the far-flung futures of our imaginations but here Woodward keeps it tantalisingly close to reality and the times in which we find ourselves.
Literary prizes will stimulate sales, but first and foremost should reward great writing.
To simply ask authors if they favour paying for professional book reviews would add little value. We wanted to dig a little deeper and find a correlation between paid book reviews and increased book sales and with an author mailing list of over 25,000 we are reasonably well placed to ask the most pertinent questions.
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Success as an author means creating the right foundations for a book to go viral. Despite a plethora of ‘guru’s’ who are happy to help authors part with their money, going viral in the real context of the word should be an aspiration, never a given, but you can load the odds in your favour.
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There is an overwhelming tendency in indie publishing for authors to follow trends and no better example than in the building and growing of powerful mailing lists. However, a surprisingly low 43% of authors rate email marketing as a major contributor to overall book sells. We look at the reasons why and identify the mistakes that can lead to lost book sales.
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The Cedar is a work of the highest order. An enthralling and powerful evocation of time and place, character, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature and fate with Butler creating an emotional eddy that draws you in from one page to the next.
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A bold and stirring historical novel, Once There Was Fire, A Novel of Old Hawaii is the debut release from Stephen Shender. Meticulously researched and thrillingly told, it is first and foremost entertaining with confident pacing and compelling characters, but it also proves an intriguing and enlightening foray into a tumultuous and pivotal period in Hawaiian history.
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A tale told through the eyes of Sallee and the answers she solicits from Ethel, Morony delivers a masterful narrative that is beguiling, flawlessly executed and proves a fine example of New Historical Fiction. With a meticulous ear for dialogue, Morony’s diction is simply exquisite.
Smart, fast paced and soundly executed, The Eagle and the Child: The Child, sees Khubiar taking a rivetingly plausible central theme, and delivering a power packed romantic thriller. With far too many novels in the genre centring on clichéd protagonists it’s refreshing to see an author break the mould.
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A tight and convincing noir thriller Going Gone is a step change from Dickason’s Sentinels Of The Night and commendably stronger for it. Fast-paced, the supernatural elements are pared-back with the focus on dense realism but her fans will be pleased to see there’s no diminution in the quality of Dickason’s prose or the excitement she generates.