Help a First Time Novelist

Before I post my latest link, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past few months.  It began with an email, a little cry for help to any and all my linkedin contacts, entitled:  ‘Help a first time novelist’.  Shirley Roe from Allbooks Reviews  responded and said they could review Wake Me Up Inside and not only post it on their site, but it is sold there as well.  Shirley also posted the review on American Chronicle   Boyu Huang, the reviewer, gave 4 stars and a glowing review of Paige Maddison and her journey.  But not only that, she posted it on  Word Alert  and on Goodreads

Next, Fran Lewis of Just Reviews wrote a heart-felt review of WMUI and gave it 5 stars.  In fact, she had 18 books to read but insisted on reviewing mine upon receiving it.  Fran has posted the review on 8 plus sites that she belongs to and l am grateful for that! Fran went the extra mile for a first time novelist!

One of my first author interviews was on the Book Club site which I will always be grateful for.   Then there’s Lillian Brummet who answered the call I had sent out ‘help a first time novelist’.  She kindly emailed and said we would enjoy having you on our blog.  Thank you Lillian for your generosity and I highly encourage readers to peruse her website hoping to make the world a better place to live.

In the meantime, I held a contest on my facebook page and a young girl from the Philippines won WMUI!  Her review was very touching to this author – as they say ‘out of the mouths of babes’ comes the truth.  In fact, Therese Ann Montelbon requested when will book two be published and how would I get a copy?

I have been delighted to receive 4 and 5 stars from readers on, each one asking when is the next book coming out?  And I cannot forget the response from Laurie Davis   She so very kindly asked me to be a part of her interviews for paranormal authors.  Not only that, she is holding a contest wherein readers can win either a paperback or ebook of WMUI.  It ends February 28th.  Check it out on the link provided.

And soon I will be on WebbWeaver Books:  a mother and daughter team devoted to authors and readers  hosted by CK Webb as I perform a live ‘bookstore’ reading from WMUI, on March 22nd, 11:00 am EST.  I am really looking forward to this show and am following CK’s programs.   See how it happens for a new author?  Step by step.

Wake Me Up Inside is sold at The Book Keeper, Sarnia; The Oxford Book Shop, London; Summerhill Market, Rosedale (Toronto); and Manticore Books, Orillia.  I’ve sold more paperbacks than ebooks or hardcovers.  Thank you so much to the bookstore owners for allowing shelf space for Wake Me Up Inside.  I truly appreciate it!  It was definitely worth my time and effort on this priceless endeavour.  Thankfully, Friesenpress who I self-published with keeps track of any and all formats of the book sold.

I have formed many positive relationships since the publication of  WMUI with my book promotion specialists, other authors, mentors, social media specialists, book reviewers, librarians and bloggers.  What made this journey extra special for me?  The readers, of course.  I have received so many great emails from people around the world talking about Paige Maddison and her adventures.  Let’s keep it going, everyone!  Book Two is near completion and it will exceed your expectations, no doubt.  Thank you to all who have helped me, Paige Maddison, and other debut authors make their way in the book selling world.  Not an easy task, for sure, but well worth it for the feedback.  Ever humbly so, Lee.


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