Updated: Oct 6, 2020
If you don't already know Colman Keane's blogsite and you enjoy a thrilling read, you should definitely take a look. It's got book reviews of course but there are also articles, author interviews and a wonderful insight in a remarkable bit of chat about how things work in a dedicated book blogging family:
"10 behind my wife............she's getting away from me! 4 behind my son! I reckon I can reel her back in during the second half of the year! Not always my cup of tea - but I like reading what my better half has read, I find it promotes some learned discourse over the dinner table!"
I was fascinated when I read this and it made me realize how very important this kind of serious book blogger is to any author and to the Indie author in particular.
SHAMUS DUST was published at the end of October last year. Promotion had started a few months before that. It was a slow burn. But many kind reviewers went out on a limb to support a completely unknown debut Indie author, offering me interviews and posting guest pieces on their blogsites. Many more took hours to read my book and post their reviews.
Today SHAMUS DUST has 101 ratings on Goodreads and 76 of those are full reviews! Another 1523 readers have added it to their reading shelves. What more can I say? Except thank you one and all!
But there's more ... just one example from so very many.
Earlier this year Col's Criminal Library reviewed SHAMUS DUST. Here's a snip from what he had to say:
"I was kind of reminded of some of the labyrinth like plotting of some of James Ellroy's American Quartet books. Seemingly innocuous meetings and conversations and casual connections later found to contain important detail in respect of the outcome. I think I kind of gave up early on trying to second guess the author and where we were going. I just took my time and enjoyed the ride."
"It goes without saying that reading this certainly did my heart good. More than that though, John Crawley saw the review, bought the book and in a tweet the other day thanked Col for his recommendation and posted another five-star review on Amazon. Here' a part of it:
A terrific P.I. novel set in London just after WWII. The prose is elegant, the wit sharp, and the observations acute ... Extremely highly recommended."
I don't think you could have a better example of how this dedicated community of reviewers and bloggers works. And as an author who could ask for more?
And you'll find John's review here.