How Book Reviews Can Make History Happen

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Yes, Book Reviewers Can Make History Happen

Before you read You Read But Do You Leave Reviews? that Chris, The Story Reading Ape wrote, I want to tell you a story about an indie writer who got her big break with Simon and Schuster because of a book review.

Thousands of us sat in a Towne Hall lecture in Fresno, CA spellbound listening to this indie author tell us her story of being a single mom wondering how she was going to hold her life together after she went through a divorce. She decided she wanted to write.

Can you guess who she is?

The story of the birth of that book made me realize how important this post of Chris Graham’s is. More importantly, the work that he does on behalf of indie authors is so valuable.

Now go read Chris Graham’s post, You Read, But Do You Leave Reviews?

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Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

9 thoughts on “How Book Reviews Can Make History Happen”

    1. Thanks, Chris. I worked so hard to get it to display correctly. I was so sad last night that my technological knowledge was letting me down. But then this morning I woke up and the night time elves had fixed it. 🙂

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  1. Marsha thanks for sharing such an inspiring story; you never know who your book is going to affect enough for them to want to share it with the world. also your bio is great! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. If you are talking about Lisa, I am reading Still Alice right now. It is fabulous. I can’t imagine any agent turning it down. Thank goodness for that reviewer. She thanks her reviewer in the acknowledgement. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for sharing that. It does make a difference then. It is not easy to do reviews. First there is the time to read, then to write. If you didn’t like the book, like Chris said, that is difficult. So it is a real time commitment for the reviewer.

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    1. Yes, it is easy! I’ve written several. So far I haven’t made history yet! Thanks for writing, and keep up the good work. If you’d love to write a guest review for Always Write, let me know. 🙂

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