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Desta the Book wrote 53 days ago   

Hello, Alan,

Would like to swap a read?

Eliza Moon wrote 61 days ago   

Hi Alan, you're welcome. I'm enjoying the story, the corrupt journalism idea has got me intrigued. I'll be back for more soon. x

Michael Jones wrote 74 days ago   

Thanks for supporting Macintyre, Alan, much appreciated.

I saw your message to me on your book's comments page. It's best to hit 'send message' when replying, otherwise your reviewer will probably never see your reply. They rarely revisit, unless to give ongoing feedback.

As for the stars ... I wouldn't worry about them. They're suppose to rate your story, but are easily manipulated and don't show a fair representation. Authonomy is due to be revamped soon (see their blog on the home page) and the rumour is they will be scrapping TSR and the star-rating. Good news!

All the best with your book. I'm still reading and enjoying it. On my shelf beginning of June, for sure.


M E L Whibley wrote 75 days ago   

Hi Alan, I've only just seen the reply to my original comment on your book, so apologies for not responding sooner. This is due to the labyrinthine nature of the site, I think. You asked for suggestions re. improving your pitches. I think the best suggestion would be to spend a bit of time reading pitches of some of the top rated books. I realize you may not be even remotely interested in the books, but the pitches might give you some ideas for creating a more arresting pitch for your book. Regards, and apologies again for appearing to ignore your question!

M E L Whibley wrote 75 days ago   

Hi Alan,
I am pleased to see your book is currently in 9th place on this week's most popular books list :-) Cheers, Margaret.

M E L Whibley wrote 76 days ago   

Thank you so much Alan. If nothing else comes of my time on this site, I will have that Mary Stewart compliment to treasure. It means more to me than making it to the editor's desk, in fact :-)
Best wishes, Margaret.

Michael Jones wrote 78 days ago   

Hi, Alan

Read an extract of your book on another well-known site and have transposed my comment here. Certainly one I shall be keeping an eye on. Enjoying the read a lot.

Got a spot lined up on my shelf for June. All the best.


Eliza Moon wrote 81 days ago   

Alan, thank you, that is so kind of you. I will read more of your work soon, I'm not sure if I will be able to offer anything constructive in the way of preparation for submitting to agents, but will gladly give you my thoughts on the work. It is a very interesting concept, and I wonder if I was anywhere close with the War Propaganda idea...

I have been lucky enough to find a group of autho users who are keen on helping each other improve and develop their writing, working through swaps chapter by chapter. I have received fabulous feedback as a result of this and I would be delighted to recommend users if this is something you might find useful.

Yes, those random messages offering love and friendship are fascinating aren't they?! Strangely, they never seem to care if the recipient of the message is male or female..:-)

Thank you again for your kindness. x

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tone099 wrote 115 days ago   

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I need your help.

A few months ago, I was approached by a young Spanish woman who claimed to have evidence of a U.S.-led plot to assassinate the Pope and take control of the Vatican.

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I do not trust anyone, perhaps I can trust you.

This is my story.

LiveinPI wrote 128 days ago   

Have you ever wondered about what happens to a human soul after death? If so AND you have a sense of humor please read "God's Mechanic" in the short story collection by LW O'Neill entitled 'Three Pigs in NYC. Tongue in check please... LOL.. LW O

R. Dango wrote 167 days ago   

Hi Alan,

It must be about a comment I left for your book. It's a very short one. I've been quite busy and hadn't had time to read much (of anything,really) and so far I've read four chapters of your book and I like it. I've taken some notes so sometime this month, I will get back to you with more comments if you like.

Best wishes,

Spilota wrote 188 days ago   

You're welcome, Alan ... I'm still reading my way through it ... there are just SO many books here to read! My (real life) friend Jehni has also backed it.

Andreea Daia wrote 220 days ago   

Hi Alan --

Would you care for a read swap? I write science-fiction so this may not be your cup of tea, but if you are interested to give it a try, let me know.

Thank you and have a great day!

Spilota wrote 220 days ago   

Thanks for the message, Alan.
Oh, I wouldn't really call my reading of your book a proofreading. I think we just spot other people's typos more easily than our own.
All the best with getting it published, and I do see your point re the voices.
I will probably leave your book on my shelf for a few more days. There are several I have supported long term but I like to be able to shuffle some, too.

Spilota wrote 221 days ago   

hi Alan,
I'm almost to the end of what's on here and when I've finished I'd like to read the rest. Shall contact you after Christmas and all that, i think.
Two things struck me though while I was reading, and please note this is just imo and you can ignore me ... it seemed in parts very much like a report of events, rather than a story. The other point is that maybe you could make your characters' dialogue varied a bit. It seemed to me they all spoke in the same style (although early in the book your nurse had a distinctive style of speech) – maybe just variations in expressions they use. Other than that, no complaints.
Nitpicky bits ... somewhere you have 'the the' but I can't remember exactly where, and watch out for 'it's ' – this always means either it is or it has and is never the possessive.
ps I'm backing it for a week or so ... five spaces are not enough for all the good books I've found on here.

Spilota wrote 223 days ago


Spilota wrote 223 days ago   

Thank you, Alan. I haven't yet got to the end of what you've uploaded here (I would love to read 24/7 but that's just not possible!) but I have not given up. I really like it. Agreed, to get anywhere on this site it's necessary to be visible, not so much to do the 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours', but to promote oneself. And I *am* going to put your book on my shelf after the end of this month, when I have a space.

Spilota wrote 227 days ago   

Hi Alan,
I've started and only read a little but intend to keep this on my WL and will get back to you after I've finished what's here. This is, not to put too fine a point on it, bloody good!

Wilson Smillie wrote 255 days ago   

Hey Alan,

I'm climbing back in the saddle, my dalliance with agent failed, so I sat down to think again, as my countrymen say. I've re-written much of the first-half of Final Demands with what I hope is more focus on the main characters, more drama, some exposure of the under-lying plot and I've cut out a lot of fluff. Could I ask you for a quick read of a couple of chapters for your view?


Final Demands - Dead Ends