First Review, KDP Select, Ebook Weirdness

Growing up Wired - Ebook - Amazon KindleThe first review from a book blog for my novel, Growing up Wired, was posted on Amazon and Goodreads by Lori Clark of Just Bookin’ Around this past Saturday. I have to admit it was a moment of anticipation for me to read her thoughts. After all, many writers spend years (about five in this case) working on draft after draft and, here-and-there, the words of encouragement come in from a parent, a sibling, a co-worker, a friend, someone you met at a bar, your writing critque group… you get the idea.

Each time you wonder: am I getting the full story? Were they able to come at the material fresh and not superimpose their knowledge of the author into the work? Here are her thoughts:

 This is an entertaining read. It makes you wonder why we post things in our profiles online for the whole world to see and if we stop to think about the consequences these things could hold for us in the future. Applying for a job at a daycare center? But what about those photos of your bare boobs out there for God and your grandma to see? Victor genuinely likes Erin and now every red-blooded male on campus is lusting after her. Interesting take on the “wired” age of technology. This is an easy, entertaining read that some people might find eye-opening. I predict good things for David.

An interview and giveaway was also posted at BlKossiner’s Book Blog. Thank you Brandi for hosting!

And, finally, the first round of Kindle Select promotions for my ebooks ended at about 1500 downloads. I was pleased with this number since I jumped into the promotions without really having a clear idea of how to let everyone know the works were available for free.

So, I suppose, what I’m saying is that I’m offically a part of the eBook weirdness Mr. Franzen has referred to in his recent controversial article about a predicted eBook Bubble. And let’s not forget the refutation of Joe Konrath here.

For my part in celebrating the bizarre, unpredictable nature of the eBook on our culture, I wrote another Alexander Hambone story:  The Last Bookstore.

About davidwallacefleming

David Wallace Fleming is a U.S. writer, living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the coming-of-age, social media novel GROWING UP WIRED, and the satirical science fiction audiobook, NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
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11 Responses to First Review, KDP Select, Ebook Weirdness

  1. Melissa says:

    Congrats! Be sure to let us know how you’re books are doing with KDP Select!

  2. Linda Vernon says:

    Well I’m surprised at all David. Not only are you a really good writer but your concepts are fresh and original! Great review and 1500 downloads! You are on your way! Congratulations!!

  3. Congratulations on that very positive book review! You rock! \(^_^)/

    • Hi Rowena,

      Thanks. That’s an interesting new emoticon. I thought about it and I think now I realize that the person is putting their hands up in celebration. :)

      Also, I see that we’ve both been bit by the Californication bug. It’s too bad the series seems to be running out of steam.

  4. Honie Briggs says:

    David, I found your blog in the Indie Book Collective discussion on Goodreads. I am so glad I decided to scroll through the many posts there because I really like what I see here. My book is available in print on Amazon and epubbed on Smashwords. Navigating the tech has made me laugh, cry and increased my grey hair count 100%. I’ve decided to follow you & even though I am a non-tech, you may find something on my blog to give you a laugh. Hope to see you around the blogosphere.

    • Honie,

      In a certain sense, I don’t think I’m that tech either. I don’t think any of us are all that tech anymore. I’ve read comments from people in their early twenties that have confessed that recent technology has made them feel like cranky old men and women.

      It’s moving so fast that it’s affecting us all now. So why not laugh about it, I say?

  5. edrevets says:

    Writing books takes a long time….my question, and perhaps you answer them in your book, is what does the future look like for writers?

    There will always be doomsayers, I think, and that print is dying and that soon we’ll forget how to write, but at the same time there are tons of new opportunities. I want to take them all, monetize them, and then be financially independent.

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