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Victoria Hunter wrote 385 days ago   

Hi David,

Just letting you know that HC is going to publish Ramadan Sky as an ebook later this year. How are you?


LCF Quartet wrote 416 days ago   

Dear David,
Thank you very much for your support until the end...
Best wishes,

Victoria Hunter wrote 432 days ago   

Sorry to see your book go David. i wish you the best of luck with it.

colin smith wrote 478 days ago   

Thanks for the backing, David.

Software wrote 506 days ago   

Hello David,

Hope you are well. Maybe you would like to try out my new satire, Doghouse Blues. Here is an endorsement:

I was attracted to Doghouse Blues from the pitch alone because it was so very different. There are so many budding writers out there who want to earn the same sort of money as J K Rowling by writing exactly the same kind of book and , to be frank, I am getting a bit tired of it.
This, on the other hand, struck me as being an original piece of work. The product of a lively mind and written by someone who is an excellent observer of the real world out there and who knows how to translate his observations into print. Just the right amount of dialogue, which carries the story along well.
I have not read the complete book (yet) but have dipped into it fairly freely to see if the momentum is maintained. It certainly is.
Philip John

Looking forward to reading your comments on the Doghouse Blues webpage.

All the best,


j.l. wood-miller wrote 569 days ago   

Hello David,

Finally got around to backing you. I'm sorry it took so long. I'll be closing my account in 2 months but you'll be on the shelf until then.

take care,
-john m

mdws77 wrote 570 days ago   

Congrats, it looks like you will have a gold-medal book on your shelf at the end of this month. That book will no longer help your TSR (user ranking) starting the first of the month.
If you are looking for a new potential gold-medal book to put on your shelf next month, please consider my novel called Solian Chronicles: Pluto Genesis.
It is a positive Science Fiction novel of the near future that has gotten some very good reviews. Thank you for your consideration and I hope you have a very nice day.

Jue Shaw wrote 576 days ago   

Thank you so much, David. I really appreciate this. x

ubulord wrote 584 days ago   

"The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale" is a book with one big advantage, one only needs to read the first 40 lines to know whether one is going to like the story or not. If after the first 40 lines you're not hooked, no need to bother reading the rest.

Mark Engineer wrote 589 days ago   

By the way, given the themes your work explores, you might want to check out "The Fifth Head of Cerberus" by Gene Wolfe, if you haven't already read it. Don't be put off by the SF tag.


Mark Engineer wrote 589 days ago   

This is interesting! It certainly won't make you rich, but it might make you famous. Or it might be the ravings of a man who has read Ulysses one too many times. I haven't decided yet. Your writing is certainly evocative, I felt at times that I could taste the city.
I will read more and be back with my thoughts.

LCF Quartet wrote 601 days ago   

Hi David,
I just wanted to say hi! I will be happy if you could spare a place at your shelve or watch list for my book Ten Deep Footprints, and I'll be happy to do the same and make a comment on your book. I wish you all the best here on Authonomy,
LCF QUARTET, Lucette Cohen Fins
Ten Deep Footprints

Wanttobeawriter wrote 608 days ago   

David, I commented on and backed JERUSALEM ten days ago. Wondering if you could find the time to look at mine: WHO KILLED THE PRESIDENT? Possibly shelve it for even one day? I’m fighting to stay in the top five this month. Wanttobeawriter

Victoria Hunter wrote 608 days ago   

Hi again,
I have started putting Ramadan Sky out to publishers but only very small so I am still thinking about approach, I guess its probably time to get serious! I'm afraid I don't klnow what to suggest. Maybe your book should go in a novel competition or two? I would like to read some more of it this weekend.

I have not been writing anything else but I will start soon - my job gets in the way sometimes.

Thnaks also for your backing of my book. Don't worry if you have to push it off to make space though.


Victoria Hunter wrote 610 days ago   

Thanks David,

Maybe someday I'll write something more of an epic, like yours :-)

Victoria Hunter wrote 611 days ago   

Hi David. Thanks for your message. I am doing well. I have finally decided to send my book out even though it is only 36 000 words. I think its finished.

Good luck with your submissions.


Eric Laing wrote 615 days ago   

Sorry for the late reply...been away on vacation.

I leave it as a word doc and let CS convert it. There are a few things to keep in mind, however: No more than four hard returns in the MS as that will create a blank page. No fonts larger than 16. DO NOT include footers or headers (to include page numbers) kindle will insert both to fit whatever size page the user has chosen. Used justified right and left margins for a cleaner look.

If I think of anything else, I'll come back to you.

I'm certainly no expert...and my books probably could be laid out a bit nicer. Maybe someday I'll plunk down the change for a professional job. Until then I'm hoping that as the industry grows the conversion process will streamline and/or I'll know enough to one day put out something as good or better than what the best can do.



ps. Thanks for the kind comment about Cicada's appearance. It's not perfect still...sadly...and there was a steep and ongoing learning curve....

BeaconCityTourist wrote 616 days ago   


Just backed your book. Really enjoyed it. It's funny sometimes when you start reading another persons writing and certain word's & phrases remind you of your own writing. I'd written a lot of my stories before I ever picked up Bukowski or H.S. Thompson but somehow I instantly saw that these guys were trying the exact same thing, only a few decades before me!!

Influnces stick in your subconscious whether you know/like it and I can see how your influences come out in your writing.

I picked up a book by Kevin Barry recently called the City of Bohane. I read the first few pages in a book shop, just out of pure interest as he's a young Irish writer making waves (even though he looks like a twat and his short stories are pretty bland for a young guy.)

However the opening paragraphs of City of Bohane reminds me a little of your book. You might take a look (if you haven't already.)

Otherwise, good luck with Jerusalem.

Backed and highly rated!

Would love to receive your critique of my book if you get a chance.

Jue Shaw wrote 616 days ago   

Hi David, thank you very much for your thoughtful comments on Canterbury Warriors, I'm so pleased you spoke only about the premise, the realism and the whole idea of the it, rather than about editing issues etc, which I can easily sort out later. I will now have a read of your. It sounds exciting and I love books set in that era, particularly in London. Back soon and thanks again, Julie x

Jonny Sambuca wrote 616 days ago   

David, thanks for the backing and great and intuitive comments.The reason I backed Jerusalem was that it is the style of work that I really enjoy - and I will be leaving a comment at sometime soon after I have read enough for me to do so. At the moment i am involved in a number of writing projects that are taking up my few spare hours. Thanks again, and all the best with your endeavours. Jonny