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How Amazon Loads the Dice Against UK Indie Authors

how amazon loads the dice against UK indie authors
Look! I’m not an Amazon-basher per se. The behemoth is far from perfect. I happen to believe that Amazon loads the dice against UK-based indie authors. Though I live in the Philippines, I consider myself UK-based when it comes to all things Amazon. My books sell better on Amazon UK than Amazon US. Not too […] The post How Amazon Loads the Dice Against UK Indie Authors appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review – All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter

Book Review – All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter
My book review of All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter. I’m a bit of a fan of this author having now read three books in this series. Well recommended! All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L. Porter My rating: 5 of 5 stars All Saints: Murder on the Mersey […] The post Book Review – All Saints: Murder on the Mersey by Brian L Porter appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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New Book #CoverReveal & Early Reviews of Dilemma

New Book #CoverReveal & Early Reviews of Dilemma
After much deliberation I came to the conclusion a new book cover was needed for the latest book in the Steve Regan Undercover Cop series. It’s Book 2 and titled Dilemma. There have been some early reviews of Dilemma too. I hope you like it as much as I do. My wife commented, “it looks […] The post New Book #CoverReveal & Early Reviews of Dilemma appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review: Post Office – A Novel by Charles Bukowski

Post Office
My review of Post Office: A Novel by Charles Bukowski. In the author’s own unique style, he writes what is a semi-autobiographical account based on his own experiences working at mundane jobs with the United States Post Office. What I found most remarkable about this short novel (162 pages) is how enjoyable the author made […] The post Book Review: Post Office – A Novel by Charles Bukowski appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review: Double Indemnity by James M Cain

Double Indemnity
My book review of Double Indemnity by James M Cain: Double Indemnity by James M Cain is a novella. It is quite short especially if you ignore the padding in the foreword which serves no real purpose. I vaguely recall watching the movie of the same name. It was strange reading this book as it […] The post Book Review: Double Indemnity by James M Cain appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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#1 Self-Editing Tool – Highly Recommended!

#1 self-editing tool
Unashamedly I reproduce this post from the ALLi blog. Disclosure: I am an affiliate for ProWritingAid. Pro Writing Aid is a great editing tool and I have been using it for about three years now. It saves a fortune in editing costs because by the time I send my manuscript to the editor, it is […] The post #1 Self-Editing Tool – Highly Recommended! appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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The Thrill of a First Review

thrill of a first review
I guess you have to be an author to fully understand the thrill of a first review. No sooner had my latest book been published on Amazon, there it was! Oh! The thrill of a first review. It’s your baby. You created it, nurtured, and brought it through to maturity. Mature enough to share with […] The post The Thrill of a First Review appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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How Rude! Who the F*ck Are You? – Would You Use This Book Review Service?

book review service
“How Rude! Who the fuck are you?” is part of an email I received from Ann at Black Sun Book Reviews. Needless to say I will not be using their services. I doubt they work anyway. This started off earlier today. I have recently received a number of emails from Anne at Blacksun. Email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. […] The post How Rude! Who the F*ck Are You? – Would You Use This Book Review Service? appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story Branded Products

branded products
It has long been an idea of mine to offer branded products based on my bestselling memoir, Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.I have now found the perfect partner to do just that. They will sell all my branded products on their website, leaving me free to do what I do best here on […] The post Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story Branded Products appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review: Reign of the Marionettes by Sheena Macleod

reign of the marionettes
I really enjoyed Reign of the Marionettes by Sheena Macleod. Here is my review:   This novel more than lives up to its ‘blurb.’ Part of the blurb tells us the novel is “Set at a time of religious and political turmoil, when the fate of English rule is at stake, and it’s impossible to […] The post Book Review: Reign of the Marionettes by Sheena Macleod appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Pricing: Indies When Will You Learn?

indies when will you learn?
Listen up! I’m asking you a question to which I already know the answer. That question is – indies when will you learn? ‘Indies’ in question are indie authors. I’m not at all sorry for being so abrupt. I’ll tell you why – you are dumb. You are like lemmings off the cliff or sheep […] The post Book Pricing: Indies When Will You Learn? appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Five Pistachio Nut Review of Are We Nuts?

five pistachio nut review
That’s right, a five pistachio nut review of Are We Nuts? by Gisela Hausmann. In this modern fable, pistachio nuts are like gold. They are better than review stars! This is my five star (pistachio nut) review of this charming book. Want to know more about the author? Click here for the recent author interview […] The post Five Pistachio Nut Review of Are We Nuts? appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Disfarçado: Operação Julie – por dentro da história on Amazon

Disfarçado: Operação Julie – por dentro da história
Disfarçado: Operação Julie – por dentro da história (Portuguese Edition). Amazon US link here. Amazon Brazil link here. Amazon ES (Spain for Portugal also) A Operação Julie ainda é hoje o ponto de referência para todas as operações secretas britânicas e treinamento. Em 2011, a BBC afirmou que essa operação policial massiva e única foi […] The post Disfarçado: Operação Julie – por dentro da história on Amazon appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Smashwords Summer Sale- Grab a #1 Bestseller For Half Price!

smashwords summer sale
Smashwords Summer Sale is here! Until midnight July 31, 2018, you can buy my #1 Amazon UK Bestseller for half price. Not once, twice, or three times a bestseller but now four times! Normally £5.99 or $5.99 at Books2Read, it is on sale at a 50% discount price of only $3 at Smashwords in both […] The post Smashwords Summer Sale- Grab a #1 Bestseller For Half Price! appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Beta Readers Needed

beta readers
Beta readers needed. No experience required, just a love of reading books. Please help me if you can. Any author, especially an indie like me, cannot do it all by himself. I need help. Are you willing to become a beta reader of my books? For those unfamiliar with the term, it means will you […] The post Beta Readers Needed appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review: A Mersey Maiden by Brian L Porter

Book Review: A Mersey Maiden by Brian L Porter
A Mersey Maiden by Brian L. Porter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another brilliant novel by Mr. Porter! It was right down my street combining a mainly Liverpool background, references to cricket, nautical themes, and a chunk of (fictitious) WW2 history. I had previously read A Mersey Killing: When Liverpool Rocked, And The Music […] The post Book Review: A Mersey Maiden by Brian L Porter appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Are We Nuts? Author Interview With Gisela Hausmann

are we nuts?
I’m delighted to welcome Gisela Hausmann to the blog today for an author interview. Gisela is possibly best known for her ‘no-fluff’ non-fiction books designed to help authors in the self-publishing jungle. With Are We Nuts? she branches out into fiction. It’s  a fable but more about that from the author. Bio Gisela Hausmann is a […] The post Are We Nuts? Author Interview With Gisela Hausmann appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Book Review: B.I.A.P. Baghdad International Airport by Brian Gordon

Book Review: B.I.A.P. Baghdad International Airport by Brian Gordon
B. I. A. P.: Baghdad International Airport by Brian Gordon My rating: 4 of 5 stars B. I. A. P.: Baghdad International Airport a memoir by Brian Gordon was a good read mainly because it was a heartfelt story of one soldier’s experiences of the US Army during the second invasion of Iraq. Mr. Gordon, […] The post Book Review: B.I.A.P. Baghdad International Airport by Brian Gordon appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Does Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Give a Hoot About Indie Authors?

jeff bezos give a hoot
Well, what do you think? Does Jeff Bezos give a hoot About indie authors? I think not. And first, here is the math or maths (I am British) to show why. Amazon total revenue from the third party marketplace alone is $9.3 billion. Source: CNBC.com. The same article states: The retail and marketplace teams have a long […] The post Does Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Give a Hoot About Indie Authors? appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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Exceeding All Expectations

Exceeding All Expectations
My undercover cop memoir set in the 1970’s is exceeding all expectations. It was a story in my head for something close to forty years when I finally, and seriously, got around to writing it. I had tried and given up a few times when younger. But once I had retired to the Philippines, I […] The post Exceeding All Expectations appeared first on Stephen Bentley. Original link
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