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  1. Thanks Matthew, this is just the right information at just the right time. I’m slowly building my platform as my first WIP nears its completion, and I’ve been meaning for some time to locate and explore the Kindle Boards. As a newcomer to the indie publishing world, all of this information was new to me and 100% pertinent. I’m now following your blog via RSS, and plan to stop back by as often as I can.

    • CJ – I’m so glad you found this useful. As you can probably tell, I find KB an immensely helpful site, one where you can get information, support, a shot in the arm, humor…you name it. It’s a real writers’ hangout.

      A piece of advice: Make sure you trawl past posts. If there’s one weak point (most forums suffer from this) of KB, it’s that some questions have been asked and answered many times. No need to reinvent the wheel on things like “how does Select work?” or “how do I get a book review?”. Great place to get book cover and synopsis opinions…just start a topic and ask.

      Give me a shout if you have any questions about KB and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Good post. I tried out Kindleboards a year ago. Betsy the Quilter crapped all over my head, which wasn’t pleasant. For a while I found it daunting and so I ignored it. I honestly don’t know how to use the thing, but if it’s all it’s cracked up to be then I had better learn how.

    • Hi Louis – Thanks for stopping by. Betsy and the other moderators on KB have a zero tolerance policy for the normal gamut of snark and flaming that pollutes other forums, so they can come down hard on anything they perceive as outside the KB boundaries, which may explain why you felt the wrath.

      Most of my forum experience comes from video game forums and the like where you can get your head ripped off, so I had some real sensitivity adjustments to make when I began posting to KB. It makes sense: almost every person in the Writers Cafe is using their real name (since their books/brand are hanging out there) and there are real-world consequences for being a jerk or being harassed by one. Plus everyone is pretty thin-skinned, too, since all of us creative types are touchy about our works of art. :)

      Give it another shot, or at least lurk a bit. I think you’ll find it helpful.

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