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I do think there is a value to be had from beta readers and editors pretending to be beta reader. The key is asking them to put their gut responses in.

I write for kids and one of the best ways to get this kind of feedback is to ask them to rate using the ABC method--A for awesome, B for boring, C for confusing. It's quick and easy.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on July 07, 2020, 06:57:35 AM »
I think after mulling it over, there is a reason sweet potatoes have a reputation as a Southern food.  I may try to get an organic, non sweet potato and try that. My market you had to buy a 5 lb bag but maybe Whole Foods sells them one at a time.

Edit - Morning glories are coming up by the mailbox. This is from seeds that dropped last year.  :banana:

I get peeled and cubed sweet potatoes from Walmart and they steam right in the bag. I like them so much, I'm giving up my beloved russet potatoes.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on July 07, 2020, 05:55:50 AM »
Good luck. You inspired me to apply for some Kobo promotions so thanks for that.


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So far i've found a couple of both.

I do think there is a value to be had from beta readers and editors pretending to be beta reader. The key is asking them to put their gut responses in. When they read the first pass give thoughts and feelings only. Ask for simple terms. Love hate bored stupid doesn't make sense laughed put the book down read all night.

These give feelings not evaluations. Then you look to see if the emotions match what you wanted to evoke from the reader. When they don't search for the root cause of the response. Sometimes I've found its that the reader doesn't normally read my genre. Then another time i found it was a minor flaw that became a larger emotional issue in my story.

Any one that takes the time to read your book and give insightful feedback can be a useful tool in the creative process.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by idontknowyet on July 07, 2020, 04:48:20 AM »
wow thats lovely!
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on July 07, 2020, 04:06:31 AM »
I think after mulling it over, there is a reason sweet potatoes have a reputation as a Southern food.  I may try to get an organic, non sweet potato and try that. My market you had to buy a 5 lb bag but maybe Whole Foods sells them one at a time.

Edit - Morning glories are coming up by the mailbox. This is from seeds that dropped last year.  :banana:

Do you have a compost heap? I throw all my vegetable and fruit peelings, seeds etc on my compost heap and when I spread the compost I get all sorts of exciting things popping up in the garden. Compost seeds beat bought seeds for surviving every time  Grin. My tomatoes, butternuts, sweet potatoes, paw paws etc. have all been as a result of compost cultivation.  :banana:
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Thank you all for your replies!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Amazon Ads: WHERE ARE THEY?
« Last post by Indiecognito on July 07, 2020, 02:14:40 AM »
It's possible that I'm simply not seeing them on .com because I'm in Canada.

I think that changed a while ago.

In Australia, I see no AMS ads either.

Interesting. I've been seeing them up until recently. Don't get me wrong; as a reader, I like what Amazon's offering me. But as someone spending money on ads, I like being able to see where they're hitting. Thanks for the input!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Amazon Ads: WHERE ARE THEY?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 07, 2020, 02:09:24 AM »
It's possible that I'm simply not seeing them on .com because I'm in Canada.

I think that changed a while ago.

In Australia, I see no AMS ads either.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Amazon Ads: WHERE ARE THEY?
« Last post by Indiecognito on July 07, 2020, 02:05:02 AM »
Thanks! That's very helpful.

 It's possible that I'm simply not seeing them on .com because I'm in Canada. That said, I've ALWAYS seen them on .com (that's how I monitor my ad placement etc), so it's very odd. Possible that Amazon is trying to pinpoint the ad placements and not waste them on people in the "wrong" country, as I do shop on .ca

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