December 30, 2015

Year-End Report on my Fiction.

As 2015 closes, you may be interested in where things stand with regard to my fiction. Amazon is the measure of how well each of my books is doing, although they are also for sale in half a dozen bookstores in upstate New York and on Barnes & Noble, iTune and Kozo websites. Here are my Amazon numbers: House Divided, which was introduced at the end of January 205, has received 22 reviews, earning an average 4.5 stars. It is ranked #1,210 in the Kindle terrorism category. The book with the highest review average is my suspense novel, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge. Reviewers found it worth 4.8 stars. The Expendable Man, my first novel, has received the most reviews […]
January 8, 2015

House Divided Preview Available

House Divided, my 90,000-word thriller, will not be available until February 2nd, but you can preview the book and read the first three chapters at https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1162232. Then, if you own a Kindle or read books on your PC or iPad using the Kindle app, you can pre-order a copy of House Divided at http://www.amazon.com/House-Divided-Peter-Pollak-ebook/dp/B00R3SQEQQ/. What My Editor Said About House Divided Here’s what the woman who did the final edit on House Divided wrote after she’d finished the book: “I must say that you tell one terrific story. I really enjoyed reading it. Your use of dialogue to tell the majority of the story still amazes me. You also did a great job with characterization, plot, the outcome, and the […]
March 29, 2013

Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads: Not Good for Authors or Readers

Goodreads–the social networking site that allows authors and readers to rank, discuss and share books–has agreed to be purchased by Amazon, the world’s largest book seller. What prompted the sale is likely the fact that Goodreads was exploring opening a bookstore. Amazon already owns Shelfari one of Goodreads’ competitors, which means there is no longer an independent social networking website focused on books that is large enough to matter. As long as Goodreads was independent, readers could trust the sales channel. Now despite the protests of Goodreads’ CEO Otis Chandler, the trust element is gone. Integration with Kindle will surely influence reader purchases in favor of Amazon’s sales channel as opposed to Barnes & Noble or ITunes. With somewhere between […]