1.    Reviews

 More reviews have been promised, primarily from the site Authors XP.com. This has been the source of the two reviews from readers in the USA, plus one from Zimbabwe which couldn’t be posted on Amazon because the reader in that country was unable to gain access. I have sent copies of the e-book to seven other AXP readers with the expectation that they will post reviews.

 2.    Self-Publishing

 In real terms I self-published The Hesperian Dilemma, although I did it through Fabulahula, a division of my company But, self-publishing to the highest standard must always be like that, as one must project manage the work of experts such as editors and cover designers, the same as a trade publisher would. For first-time authors there is one supreme source of help, namely the non-profit professional organisation known as The Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli). With their webinars, newsletters, Facebook forum, directory of experts and local meetings, this organisation is invaluable. https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/

 3.    Promotion and Marketing

 The ALLi directories include lists of contact who can help with promotion and marketing. They all require payment and some appear to be very expensive in relation to the likely return from one’s investment. However, the Independent Author Network (IAN) is a very cost-effective way of promoting a book you’ve published. But you have to make an effort yourself. Actively promoting your IAN member page at Twitter and other sites can generate 5000+ hits per month. https://www.independentauthornetwork.com/                                                                                 #ian1

More Reviews

After a successful book launch, I’ve got my first Amazon review! ‘Harvey Harvey’ wrote:

‘The Hesperian Dilemma is global, universal, and pretty funny in places too ! Definitely recommended.’. And he gave it five stars!

Then another reader reviewed the book via Amy Vansant’s AXP web-site. But as the reviewer lives in an African country where internet access is restricted, there’s no way it can be posted on Amazon. I can’t quote her name but, for the record, this is what she wrote:

‘Hi Colin/Amy Thank you I have read a free copy of your book “The Hesperian Dilemma”. Wow, Dilemma definitely right title. While I get that technology is incredible but dangerous, it was more human nature that is terrifying. One minute humanity/aliens/fish can work together in survival, the next total havoc and destruction. The incredible creations, advanced society, yet still no further along the line in control of greed, power, selfishness opinion, worry about what others think/know/do, corruption, jealousy etc. Until there is pure, unconditional love, which covers a multitude of sins, there is not much chance of hope for eternity, let alone the destruction and devastation caused by living “things”. Personally, I did not like the drug induced dreams. Was very sad that not even one of the main characters got to share a future or eternity together. And only 1 child, so what future generations was going to continue, in the world left behind. I did like the broad spectrum of situations, personalities, professionals, the technology, and depth of faith portrayed. Chapters we’re great, as I could only read a bit at a time, and often got interrupted, but really looked forward to what could possibly happen next. Thanks again for access to your book, I really appreciated and found it really entertaining.’

Early Reviews

Some Author’s comments about the ‘Hesperian Dilemma’:

Steve Abbott, author of ‘Devil’s Ante’ & Devil’s Gambit, (Sean Addison Adventures): You can write. Do not let anyone tell you any different.

Maia Kumari Gilman, author of ‘The Erenwine Agenda’: Loved the novel.

Chris Hemingway, author ‘The Future’: My perception of fish has completely changed.