I received this email from one of the participants in last week’s Writing Memoir class. What a lovely message to receive:
“Thank you so much Goldie for all your help over the 3 sessions we had with you. I realise that we have just skimmed the surface & there is so much more to learn. However your book & the short time I had with you has more than motivated me to keep on writing. I was too emotional on the last day to add comments on the survey form & to express my gratitude. The ladies in the Memoir group are in the process of organising to meet on a regular basis. The 1st meeting is in early April. All this is happening because of the inspiration we got from attending your classes.”
My publisher at www. indrabooks.com, who is convinced that all books will eventually go on line, decided to publish my latest YA novel only as an ebook- though he intends using P.O.D. (print on demand) sometime in the future. Many of my readers and friends tell me this is too hard to access. I’m not too surprised. There’s another ‘Goldie Alexander’ on google and Amazon who happens to be a Canadian soul singer. I don’t know why he’s called Goldie. I guess it has to be a nickname. The other drawback is that there are lots of books on Kindle that have nothing to do with me. They merely happen to have ‘Goldie’ somewhere in the title.
What I do know is how hard to it is to find a particular book when there are so many thousands on line pleading to be read. So if anyone is still interested in my latest YA novel which happens to be about friendship, and other contemporary issues, you can access it by double clicking on:
Amazon has set authors some interesting challenges. It seems that if you write in a particular genre or for a particular audience you are forbidden to review a book if that book happens to fall into your area. This is intended to stop friends, who are often fellow authors, from adding their reviews. However, those readers are often the most likely to want to assess your book. We all know that reviews are often written by folk who know something about that particular genre and want to learn more. So I really don’t know why Amazon has suddenly set itself up to become the ethical watchdog of a practice that has been going on for years. Newspaper reviews usually come from experts in the same field. As for Amazon… given that much of the reading population still prefers hard copy to ebook, it seems that unless one is famous, or writing erotica, it’s enormously difficult to get an ebook reviewed. But it’s those very same reviews that will tempt readers to buy that book. This is one of the best Catch 22’s I have ever come across.