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Today, we look at JUDGE VS WATER.
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Guest Post by the Author
By Una Tiers
In 2012, just before my debut mystery was published, I attended a workshop (at Printer’s Row Book Festival) about women and book reviews. The panel said the majority of reviewers were men.
After the discussion, I approached one panelist who worked for a major newspaper in Chicago. She declined to look at my book after learning I was with a small publisher. She went on to describe the room filled with books that were available for her to review.
Another panelist, Barbara D’Amato (author of a shelf full of thriller books) was signing books that afternoon. We spoke about the panel. With my heart pounding like Clydesdales on a Super Bowl commercial, I asked if she would look at my book, Judge vs Nuts, and she agreed!
My publisher (now past tense) flat out refused to believe Ms. D’Amato would read my book and discouraged me from following up. It took many requests to get her to send a copy of the book.
Ms. D’Amato true to her word, went to great lengths to do the review, and it is spectacular.
The lesson was to push through my fear and ask. The larger lesson is that writer’s kindness to one another has amazing results.
Una Tiers is the pen name for an author and attorney who lives in Chicago IL. She writes with humor and hopes to teach a little bit about the practice of law from her standpoint. Her books are available on Kindle. You can write to her at una@unatiers dot com.
Note that there are no car chases, and no one runs down a dark alley after midnight.