Amazon Reviews of The Red Speck

Reviews are coming in and I continue to be genuinely taken aback.  Below are a few for your perusal.
Thank you all so much for the money you spent in buying the book, your time spent reading and reviewing it, and most of all your thoughtful consideration.  I am beyond grateful.


5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreak, Healing, and Angel Hunks,October 13, 2012
This review is from: The Red Speck (Kindle Edition)

“The Red Speck” blends lush, sensuous imagery with raw emotion on an individual’s otherworldly journey to psychological wholeness. Sophie’s heartbreak leads her to awaken in an unknown but strangely familiar world in which she meets and learns from gorgeous archetypal characters tinged with the colors of Miami and the old South.

While an engaging story on its own, the reader will find genuine insight into into their own fixations that hold them back from happiness, including hints on how to move forward. The author has a gift for taking airy spiritual and psychological experiences and thoroughly grounding them in the body. She accomplishes this by painting vivid, emotionally engaging scenes with words, evoking a visceral and sympathetic response in the reader in a manner similar to the techniques found in the poetry of Rumi. In this way the protagonist’s alchemical transmutation of leaden emotions to joyous golden freedom becomes our own. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars Gem!,September 10, 2012
This review is from: The Red Speck (Kindle Edition)

I was profoundly moved by Siddhartha in my College years; this book has done the same for me in my forties.
This is a lovely gem. A must read.
If you are currently looking for a voice to put to those “unanswered questions”..pick up The Red Speck.

5.0 out of 5 stars magic medicine,October 4, 2012
Mrs. SE Scott (South Africa)
This review is from: The Red Speck (Kindle Edition)

I much loved S. Conde’s book. It was well written, well paced, imaginative, intriguing.

This reader was immediately drawn in to the complexities of Sophia’s life, presented in the form of an adult fairy tale. The characters were finely drawn and could be seen in my mind’s eye. The chapter headings were so apt and orienting. The psychological and philosophical difficulties and resolutions of everyday life were intelligently and enchantingly addressed. I felt as if I was with Sophia on her journey as image after image was presented to me and for me this is a priceless criterion.

I enthusiastically echo all of the other written reviews

Well done, S. Conde and may we see more of your writing – soon hopefully.

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S. Conde

Art x Marketing = Sales / Views + Reviews

My recent foray into self publishing has been quite an eye opener.  I don’t know enough yet to share any real words of wisdom, but I will tell you this. writing the book was only half the struggle.  (Granted, self publishing “The Red Speck” hasn’t brought me to tears the way writing it did, still, I haven’t received my first bad review, so tears may still be on the table.)

Honestly though, bad reviews would be better than having no one read it at all.  …to have your work ignored, I think, would be worse.  Christos Polydorou illustrates this point beautifully in, “My Kingdom For An Audience”.

Self publishing, maybe all publishing, I don’t know, can be summed up by this equation: Art x Marketing = Sales / Views + Reviews.   (Math people, did I get it right?)  The problem is this, I don’t want to be a marketer, I want to be a writer.

C’est la guerre, I guess.  What can I do but try to improve my marketing skills?  This is the world we’re living in, and to quote my grandfather, “…you just have to pull up your bootstraps and soldier on.”  Which is exactly what I’m doing.  Soldiering on, and trying to avoid landmines on the way.

So, as part of the Amazon recommended marketing plan, beginning today and running through Sunday, “The Red Speck” is downloadable for free on Amazon.  I am actually quite excited to see what happens, and will be spending my day off here by the computer watching, Tweeting, posting on Facebook, and wherever else the geniuses of internet marketing recommend.

If you do decide to spend some of your valuable leisure time in a world that I’ve written, please know that I am beyond thankful and I genuinely hope you enjoy the trip, because it is definitely, a trip.