Flashback To The Dragon – Another Unofficial Review

I heard from someone who used to work for me. We keep in touch through Facebook and he wanted to know when my book was published so that he could purchase and read it. Since leaving Michigan he has a wife, a new house, a dog, a two-year-old son, and is expecting a baby girl.AmazonFlashback

About a month ago, I messaged him to tell him the book was published, and how to get a copy. I didn’t think any more about the messages until today when I saw that he had messaged me last night on Facebook. I was happy to hear from him, thinking he had news on the job, home, child front, so I was pleasantly surprised when he messaged me to comment on my book.

The reason I call it an unofficial review is because this is not on Barnes and Noble or Amazon, but his comments warmed me. It comes at a time when I am at a loss as to how to promote my book, or even get the energy to do that along with Christmas shopping, entertaining, and damn it, I want to crochet something; it’s getting to be that time of year.

I’m leaving out the personal information that he did include in his message to update me on the above topics, but here is my unofficial review that I share proudly:

I wanted to let you know that I downloaded the kindle edition of Flashback when it first came out.  I usually read at least a book a week, and I finished yours in three nights.  I thought it was an excellent book.  I really wanted to keep reading it once I started, but I always cut myself off at 1 am just in case I really need to focus at work the next day (which I usually do)…

In any case, I loved the book.  I’d like to purchase a hardcover and have it sent to your house for you to sign for me and have sent down to me.  Please let me know if you’d be willing to do that.

Anyway, I’m just happy I finally got around to replying to your message.  I’ve started to do so several times before, but this time I will hit the reply button. I really just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book; how much I look forward to the next one …

These words give me the courage and strength to carry on; to do what the book consultant at Abbott Press suggests, to pay closer attention to the Abbott Press marketing consultant when he calls, and to get out there a push my book on consumers in the mid-Michigan area.

I ask authors out there; what worked best for you? What marketing technique seemed to bring in more readers? Comment below if you can enlighten me. It would be much appreciated.

I have another question for everyone and I’m almost embarrassed to ask it, am I a self-published author? I didn’t hit the send button to put the book out on Amazon or elsewhere, Abbott Press did. But I did own my work throughout the editing process and the artwork is my friend’s own design, and I am doing the marketing/selling on my own with suggestions from Abbott Press.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful to Abbott Press for what they did, but I’m left with no understanding of what my title is, independent author, self-published author, traditionally published author. So, if you have a moment and have continued reading (because this is getting pretty long) help me out, tell me what my title is.

Thank you for listening!

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