Author Topic: Thieves Emporium  (Read 2856 times)

Max Hernandez

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Re: Thieves Emporium
« Reply #75 on: March 21, 2014, 01:06:19 PM »
Thank you all for your kind support.  Yes, Amazon decides how much advertising to devote to a book based on, among other things, how many good reviews it has received.  So, if you haven't given Thieves Emporium a five-star review and you feel it deserves one, please take the time to give one.

I ask because a government lawyer recently posted a really nasty review on the book and it has hurt my ratings.  In fact, you might all find the review interesting for what it reveals about those that feel government is the solution to all our problems.  You can check it out at http://www.amazon.com/Thieves-Emporium-Max-Hernandez-ebook/product-reviews/B00CWWWRK0/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

Thanks to some comments made here, I checked on the best place to post reviews.  It turns out that reviews posted on the UK site are NOT simultaneously posted on the US site and visa versa.  I didn't know that.  So, please post your efforts on the US site, as that is the one most people look:  www. Amazon.com.

Matthew Williams, if you are here, thank you for the excellent review you posted on the UK site.  I really appreciate it.  Is there any way you can post a copy on the US site?  That would help me a lot.  Thank you.
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« Reply #76 on: March 22, 2014, 05:06:20 PM »
Just bought it for Kindle. Looking forward to reading it!
Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

Pamplemousse

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Re: Thieves Emporium
« Reply #77 on: March 22, 2014, 07:27:01 PM »
Well, that's a good question -- Max, how are sales?

Max Hernandez

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« Reply #78 on: March 23, 2014, 02:04:14 AM »
Sales aren't bad, but they could always be better.   Right now, they are running an average of 3.5 per day, up from less than two when Sam started charging for the book.

If anyone has any ideas on what Sam should do to get the number to improve, please let me know and I will pass it on.

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« Reply #79 on: March 23, 2014, 04:17:55 AM »
Write a version that isn't so sexually graphic, suitable for the Christian audience, and ask Rawles to flog it, buy an advertising spot on survivalblog.com.

Wasn't Cold Mountain one of those slow gainers, word of mouth is what finally got it to best seller status?
How did Fortschen do it with One Second After, maybe the Newt Gingrich foreword?

slasslass

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« Reply #80 on: March 23, 2014, 04:52:32 AM »
I wanted to write a review on amazon but only members who have previously purchased on amazon can write a review, and i have never done that. i don't use credit cards so that is annoying.


i wouldn't take out the sex scenes. Just tighten up the editing in spelling, maybe pamplemousse did that, but i can take another look through the chapters once i get through all my work by the end of March.


So if you can write a review, this would really help out Max.


I have to say, i was disappointed at the end, because i didn't want the story to end. Do you have plans for a 2nd novel once you achieve success with this one?
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slasslass

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Re: Thieves Emporium
« Reply #81 on: March 25, 2014, 02:06:01 AM »
   Here is a rough draft of what i would like to post in am a zon. It is too long. Any helpful suggestions, for my way too long book review?
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Walking into a novel can be like a journey into the unkown. The title might give a hint as to what may follow, and certainly, along with the first sentence or paragraph,  like trying a new kind of cuisine, is the first impression of what may follow the overall experience of the senses one is engaged in.
 
Thieves Emporium is like that.  The title, and the first words spoke to me. I’m a mother, like so many of us are, and also a single parent, with sole responsibility in all ways, forever, unless things change for the better. I enjoyed the opening of the novel, the characters, because of this. I could relate.
 
The novel, the words that followed, surprisingly connected random dots for me, of which there were many. The future world, which didn’t seem so very distant anymore. Due to the notion of  limited natural resources, such as oil, gas, wood, water, combined with political and governmental inadequacies in serving the public; transparency in the dissemination of information and news, technology, and its program,  and the idea of community and trust:  Max Hernandez has the gift not only to speak to these current affairs, yet also to make them user-friendly.
 
The concept of user-friendly is one that is important to me. Throughout the novel, technology is a means, and is, at the same time, an end. There is little way in between. Max ensures the technologically challenged (like I am) the advantage of understanding the language. He explains in detail to the reader of any demographic, how technology can be your master, your slave, or your friend.
 
There is some violence in Thieves Emporium, just as there is even violence in the systems to which we belong. Thieves Emporium explores these in different aspects, from the personal, to the social, to the environmental.  The story helps to help ourselves place us somewhere in there, into, maybe, an enhanced knowledge of who we are, where we are, and where are we going.
 
I would like to see into the future sometimes. Who would not? Just so that I could help myself put one foot in front of the other, hopefully in the right direction. For me, Thieves Emporium opens doors, asks questions, and even hints at answers.
What will happen in the lives of Fawn and her children tomorrow is what I want to know.
I have the feeling someone in the Emporium knows.
 
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slasslass

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Re: Thieves Emporium
« Reply #82 on: March 25, 2014, 03:04:40 AM »
No critique on my review? Well then, i will self-critique (nope, not a perfectionist, not at all. hahha), will likely aim to say the same thing, in one-half to 2/3 the writing space.


The reason for artists and writeers, why we take up less space?


Because we have to make sure we are very, very, very clear. That just always feels the best, everyone's happy, and then we can keep on going! Otherwise, who is going to keep on going unless they want to?
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slasslass

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Re: Thieves Emporium
« Reply #83 on: March 28, 2014, 06:45:09 AM »
That's wonderful that you received a copy, signed, by the author, direct from Badlands Publishing (I forget, perfectly, the Publisher name, but it's really cool, as if i remember correctly, it relates to the internet placeless "place" in the novel.


I don't know if one can publish multiple reviews. Let me know how that goes, please. I really love to see when worthy authors are supported. I believe Max is one of them.


And the cool thing about buying the kindle - or other - version from ama zon, is that they automatically update any revisions or changes. Sometimes, though, you have to nudge amaz on to give you the updated version, even though they say it will be automatic.


Good on ya, muletowntrooper for acting in a positive way, and helping out an author with, in my opinion, a voice that must be heard, and shared. This novel just makes sense for our times, discusses current issues with technology, the sharing of information, power structures, personal, as well as collective struggles, as well as learning and teaching as ways as a platform for change. Literature is cool that way.  8)
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Re: Thieves Emporium
« Reply #84 on: April 13, 2014, 09:17:12 AM »
who is S. Craig Paschang ?

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« Reply #85 on: April 13, 2014, 06:45:10 PM »
Good review slassno!!  I want to read it!  I wish i had the time. Im busy saving people's lives and shit, i need more time in the day :o

slasslass

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« Reply #86 on: April 14, 2014, 09:25:29 AM »
thank you frothing.


i am still working on my review


Guess what?


As usual, i spend  my Sundays involved in  Vedic Training.


Today, i am proud to say i passed a personal initiation of chanting "call..... and recall.."


I wasn't nervous at all, but then after a little while my voice got nervous all by itself, and then i decided the only way i am going to be able to get through this in a way that works for me is to raise my voice sound level and burn off the nervous energy that came out of nowhere.


i guess it worked.



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Pamplemousse

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Re: Thieves Emporium
« Reply #87 on: June 21, 2014, 11:15:16 PM »
Max, are you out there? 

What's the latest on Thieves' Emporium, what are your plans?  Is a sequel in the works?