Thursday, 4 October 2018

Evan's Land- SOLD OUT!

Sorry, but my personal stock of Evan's Land has exhausted. The large box of books that I thought were Evan's Land's are actually twenty copies of the Rockall paperback. I can't sell those because of the free second edition, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2009/02/rockall-chapter-1.html. The original paperback is not as good anyway. So I'm going to give them away to charity shops. If you want to read Evan's Land it is now available at a reasonable price online, see:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evans-Land-Ben-Emlyn-Jones/dp/0954222903. Or you could listen to the poor quality audio book I recorded myself, see: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2010/11/evans-land-audio-book.html.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

New Roswell Rising Ad in Nexus

I have changed the design of the ad in Nexus magazine for Roswell Rising. This is because of the five-star review given to it by Phenomena magazine, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2016/10/roswell-rising-review-in-phenomena.html. It is an important marketing point and I should have included it at the start. This is the third issue I have run the ad and I will know by the end of this cycle whether or not it has worked because it is then that I get my quarterly statement from the POD company.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Box Set Design


When the third book Roswell Redeemed is finished, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/02/roswell-redeemed-sample-first-chapter.html, I will have written a trilogy. I have been thinking about this for some time and wondered for a while if it should be called "The Roswell Trilogy" or "The Disclosure Trilogy". I have decided on the former. A lot of book series are published in a box set and so I've designed one for The Roswell Trilogy and hope to bring it out. This is a basic and rough design because I don't know what the exact dimensions will be, and I won't until Redeemed is designed. I have also redesigned the spines of all the books so that they look better when placed in the box set. It also makes them identifiable from each other because the covers of all three books are so similar. The coloured bars are based on the colour scheme of the front cover illustrations. As you can see, I will be offering a discount for purchasing all three books at once. The illustrations are all by Annette Lemaire apart from the Volta Union flag on the back panel. Below are my drafts for the five panels and what I think the open side with the spine row will look like.
Front Panel
Back Panel
Spine Panel
Top Panel
Bottom Panel
Open Side

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Roswell Redeemed Cover

Here is a design for the front cover of the upcoming novel Roswell Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure. I've decided to adapt it from the same design as Rising and Revealed; partly because I like it and also because Redeemed is a direct sequel to the other two. The illustration is once again by Annette Lemaire. The book itself will be available later in the year. See here for the sample chapter: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/02/roswell-redeemed-sample-first-chapter.html.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Review Trolls

The Amazon sales website allows customers to write public reviews of the products they buy on its page. These reviews are very important because they influence potential future customers. With online shopping it is not possible to examine the product personally, so many Amazon users study reviews carefully before purchasing. Therefore I was concerned when I saw that the reviews for my books on Amazon were generally poor. There have been a few good ones, but 60% of Roswell Rising reviewers gave the book 1 out of 5, the lowest score. They describe the product with epithets like: "Amateurish cliché-heavy dross. Don't bother...", "Mr Emlyn-Jones' fictional account is tedious beyond tedious...", "...mediocre dull novel. Everything is so hammy and over descriptive, it just reads like an amateur po-faced crap effort which is what it is..." "Oh my days! What an embarrassing book that should never have seen the light of day..." "Rubbish!... Absolute CRAP! (sic)". Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roswell-Rising-Disclosure-Ben-Emlyn-Jones/dp/0954222946/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471207814&sr=1-1. Roswell Revealed has had 75% 1-star ratings. The critics of the sequel denounce it as: "Very clichéd and stodgy and you will feel like you have binged on carbs all day after reading this bilge. The writing has stymied the plot to the point at which, quite frankly, it is non-existent, and very weak... It should though never have been written in the first place.", "Well, I half read the first one and almost like a dog going back to lick some festering vomit in the street I thought I'd try the follow-up...", "I'm bummed beyond belief! Ten pounds for this ....this ...thing! I won't call it a book... Cheesy, tedious and cliché-ridden... If I discovered Mr Jones was in fact a twelve-year-old with a weird Roswell obsession I wouldn't be shocked. I hear a third book is in the works. I would beg Mr Jones, no more! The world has now suffered enough!" Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roswell-Revealed-World-After-Disclosure/dp/0954222954/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508767974&sr=1-2.

The truth of the matter is that all these reviews are by just two or three people posting from multiple accounts and none of them have read either book. They are trying to sabotage my sales by filling the review list with negative comments to discourage other readers. This is far more serious than the usual verbal abuse I get because this could affect my livelihood. This is the most spiteful, gutless and juvenile thing I can think of. I know who these people are. I have offered them the chance to meet with me and have a public real world confrontation, but they didn't dare, see: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2018/02/confronting-droike.html. I'm very grateful to the genuine people who have left appreciative comments. Hopefully these will outweigh the nasty negativism from the trolls and expose them for the fraudulent posters that they are. I have contacted Amazon UK to find out if I can take further action.
And: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2018/03/fake-defamation.html.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Roswell Redeemed Flags

I am having a lot of imaginational fun at the moment while I write Roswell Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure, see here for the sample: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/02/roswell-redeemed-sample-first-chapter.html. This setting involves the creation of at least two entirely fictional countries. These imaginary nations have to have an element of realism for the story, including national flags; and so I have designed flags for them. The novel will have no illustrations so nobody reading it will ever get to see the flags, but I do describe them in the text. However I thought that it might be nice for anybody interested to see what these flags look like, so I have actually designed them as images and posted them below.
The Volta Union

The Socialist Republic of Australia

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Roswell Rising Ad in Nexus

I have published an advertisement for Roswell Rising in Nexus magazine. Nexus is a bi-monthly journal based in Australia that has over a million readers in twenty countries. It covers UFO's, conspiracy theories, the paranormal, alternative medicine and many more of the same subjects I cover in the themes of the novels. Needless to say I am a loyal subscriber. The ads are country-specific and in the UK the publications has around 66,000 regular readers. The British publisher of Nexus, Marcus Allen, was a speaker at Dreaming Saucers, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/dreaming-saucers-marcus-allen.html. The advert is on page 14 of the current issue, Volume 25- Number 4 for June-July 2018. It is only a one-eighth page size, but it is eye-catching. It cost just £120 which is good value considering the journal's circulation. I will probably put the ad in the next issue too. I will only need twelve sales per ad purchase to make it worthwhile.