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Oh My God, Yes [Nov. 17th, 2009|09:42 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
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By the very funny--and astute--cartoonist Jeffrey Koterba.
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[User Picture]From: txtriffidranch
2009-11-17 04:08 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah. I half-remember Fritz Leiber's old comment about how the Hugo Awards exist to confirm exactly how many people are your friends, and see that in real time via Amazon's rankings. Even better, you can compare the number of people making a racket about how they're going to buy a copy of your book with reality. (In my case, I use it to note the complete worthlessness of reviews, particularly good ones. I'm now convinced that, much like the "Year's Best Science Fiction" collections being bought only by the wannabes with the lifetime subscription to Writer's Digest, the only people reading book reviews any more are those being reviewed.)
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-11-17 04:15 pm (UTC)
I never listen to anyone online who says they're definitely going to buy anything, unless I know them personally. It's only a recipe for heartbreak otherwise.

I don't really trust Amazon reviews for books, movies or music. They're too compromised by trolls and idiots. The only Amazon reviews I pay real attention to are for electronics, clothing, furniture, that sort of thing. With those, the reviews are less tinged by personal taste (or trollish idiocy) and can be better trusted.
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[User Picture]From: txtriffidranch
2009-11-17 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I was talking about reviews in general. So far, I have yet to get a bad review for Greasing the Pan, and all of the reviews so far have been from I Are Serious folks. As far as their translating into sales, though, I've received about as much response as with the review copies that were stolen by the gimps in the Publisher's Weekly mailroom.
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-11-17 05:58 pm (UTC)
Good reviews really can affect sales, though. The reviews for General Slocum's Gold are what put it over the top. At the same time, though, I can see your point. The reviews for Walk In Shadows were also unanimously positive, and frequently in venues read by the target audience, but that book barely sold anyway.
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