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Jon Evans and the techno-travelogue thriller

Posted by Paul Samael on Monday, December 4, 2017, In : Book reviews 




Jon Evans is that rare beast – an author who has had a fair amount of commercial success but appears to be entirely happy to make most of his work available for free online.  Many of his novels have been conventionally published in a number of territories and have attracted impressive reviews from the likes of The Times, The Economist and The Washington Post (although as will be apparent from this timeline, his path to publication was far from smooth and resulted in the usu...


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Unpredictable

Posted by Paul Samael on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, In : Book reviews 



“Unpredictable” is a collection of 3 short stories by Bryan R Dennis available as an ebook free of charge on feedbooks.com. 

Oh no, I hear you sigh, not another collection of short stories (e.g. see here and here for previous reviews of short story collections).  But let me try to make the case for short stories in general – and then why you should try these ones in particular.  First, short stories are a good way of trying out a writer to see if you might like their longer work (in...


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The Ant Farm

Posted by Paul Samael on Saturday, February 2, 2013, In : Book reviews 

 
 
If someone had told me that I would enjoy a novel about statistics in the poultry industry and knitting (yes, knitting), I would probably have responded that I was more likely to develop a keen interest in the drying times of different brands of matt emulsion.  But one of the things I have come to enjoy about reviewing free fiction by self-published authors is the potential to be surprised – both by the quality of some of the writing and by my own enjoyment of books about subjects which, ...

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Free Book Beast

Posted by Paul Samael on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Self-publishing 




Although there are quite a few sites devoted to indie authors, I haven't come across that many which focus on free fiction.  Free Book Beast aims to do just that - and whereas some sites seem to feature free (or low priced) books purely as a way of generating ad revenue, this one appears to be trying to provide some useful content alongside them, so I hope it succeeds.
 
I've just contributed a guest post on where to find free fiction (other than on Amazon) and where to find recommendations/rev...

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Taking stock

Posted by Paul Samael on Sunday, January 6, 2013, In : Self-publishing 
 
It’s now more than 18 months since I set up this website and over a year since my first attempt at self-publishing.  So I thought now might be a good point to consider whether it’s been a worthwhile exercise so far.

Downloads are a fairly crude measure of success/failure – but for what it’s worth, here are my numbers as at 6 January 2013:



UPDATE 8.2014:  I have now discovered that the stats from Scribd are pretty unreliable, so in the interests of accuracy, you should ignore the totals...
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Sonny's Guerrillas by Matthew Asprey

Posted by Paul Samael on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Book reviews 

 


I've just started a new section of my website devoted to reviews of free fiction by self-published authors, my aim being to demonstrate that "free" and "self-published" do not always deserve the stigma that is sometimes attached to them.  This first review is of "Sonny's Guerrillas" by Matthew Asprey.  


UPDATE 11.2013:  Sadly, this book is no longer free - one of the perils of setting out to review free fiction is that authors who get a positive response to their work may (quite understandabl...
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Paul Samael Welcome to my blog, "Publishing Waste" which will either (a) chronicle my heroic efforts to self-publish my own fiction; or (b) demonstrate beyond a scintilla of doubt the utter futility of (a). And along the way, I will also be doing some reviews of other people's books and occasionally blogging about other stuff.
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