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Free E-book for a review.

TBC E CoverIF Comics staff has been researching eBook marketing, sales results for other indie authors, and various other outlets for getting our work out to the public. With Myke working on a sequel to The Teddy Bear Conspiracies and Anthony just starting to illustrate the last Terry Freedom story, The B.U.C.K.S. Stop Here, we have been wanting to know what you, the fans, think of our work so far. We’ve run a few promotions in the last few months ranging from free download days to price drops for various holidays. Several hundred fans out there have been downloading our books, which is what we like to see, but it all seems meaningless without feedback. NO ONE IS LEAVING FEEDBACK! (tears welling up) Do you like the work? Should we not quit our day jobs? (we weren’t really planning to) Is the work that we are producing even worth people’s time and effort to check out?

Circa 1947, photographic proof of alien crash from The Teddy Bear Conspiracies
Circa 1947, photographic proof of alien crash from The Teddy Bear Conspiracies

So, in order to hopefully gain some feedback, we would like to offer to all you reviewers and fans of science fiction, young adult, teen adventure to read The Teddy Bear Conspiracies for FREE (ebook normally priced at $2.99, trade paper $19, hard cover $25) from now until APRIL 1ST, 2014! BUT, only if YOU want to. Contact us via the private messaging system here on WordPress, a private message on our Facebook page or send us an email message to: nerwonduh@hotmail.com to receive a FREE copy of The Teddy Bear Conspiracies (mobi or epub fomat) as long as you write us a short review on Amazon.com at some point in the next two months. We don’t want a bunch of five star rating for no reason! We want organic and honest reviews on this story. If you don’t want to post on Amazon, post a response on our Facebook page. Better yet, have a blog you do? We would love to promote your blog IF you write a review about the book. Win/Win for both parties. We’re just looking for some feedback and we would be willing to reciprocate! Anthony loves reading new stuff (you should see how fast he reads books) and would be willing to write a review in return. Any takers? Let us know!

(Next blog will feature news about the next publication Anthony is working on: a re-release of The Magic Press written by Myke and illustrated by Anthony for e-comic and possible dead tree version for the Spring of 2014.)

We hope to hear from book fans soon!

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Reviews. Are they a good thing?

Depending on what kind of writer/artist you are, you do it for a reason, right? Whether you want to inform the public on some subject matter or you practice your craft as a outlet, you ultimately make the decision on whether it’s meant to be seen. So if you publish your work anywhere, online or in print, you are hoping for someone to respond. The viewer makes the decision as to whether they wish to look or not. Are we ready for the truth? Of course, before anyone can review anything, it first must be seen.

Reviews can make or break any medium. Remember when the movie Borat hit theaters? The movie bombed so fast before it was even in the theaters one weekend due to reviews being posted on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. We, the people, control what we like and dislike by telling the general public what we think. So how advantageous is it to leave a review without knowing what you are talking about?

A recent friend to IF Comics just released a first non-fiction book through Amazon.com less than a month ago. This person choose a single day to run a free promo day in hopes of getting people interested in the subject matter as well as receive feedback. I am not privy to how many people downloaded on that particular day but I do know at least one person (maybe) downloaded the book by leaving a review. The review wasn’t about the book or its contents. They were responding to the book being free and that fact that when they learned about the free day, they went to Amazon to download only to find that the promo was over. For this particular reason, they left a feedback rating of “1”. They did this for nineteen different books all of different genres. What’s the point? Why even bother taking the time? And our graphic designer can’t even get a paying client to respond to his emails?! (See If you can’t communicate…) You have time to pull up almost twenty different websites, type your “review and post under you own name. What does this say about us as consumers? To us it says this individual is cheap, slightly a loser, and has too much time on their hands. Perhaps you should spend your time on doing something constructive like actually reading things that YOU WANT TO READ. It seems that this person forgot that they have a choice. This person choose to be an immature, irresponsible, whining nobody. Kudos though for leaving your ACTUAL name in the review. That took guts.

What about the publishing companies that advertise for paid reviews? Is this logical or realistic? It’s deceitful and manipulative to think that people can not see beyond the reality. All one has to do is compare the book sample as well as what the reviewers are actually saying to be able to read between the lines. Did we not all take reading comprehension in Grammer school?

Real reviews are important for everything. They let everyone know the truth about a product good or bad. It is our belief that everyone should log off of Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin to stop whining about how so and so is a schmuck, and take 3-4 minutes out of your precious free time to comment on your true opinion about the clothes you just bought and its quality, the novel that you actually bought or whatever as you felt it was worth your hard earned dollars. This should also be true for the things that you were given for free. Write an honest review of what you thought. We think it’s only fair. Don’t you? Was it worth the time and effort for this to be made public? Do the right thing and let everyone know the truth. Is it good or bad? Stop whining, get out of your little isolated world, and join the human race by participating like a civilized person. Utilize the tools that have been set before you and speak your mind in a logical fashion. Or do you like broadcasting to the the entire world that your ignorant and cheap?