I don’t know about you, but I love a good bit of irony. Just last week, my friends and compadres at IndiesUnlimited.com were having an aerobic bit of discourse about the dreaded “G” word. No, not gorgonzola. Gatekeepers. And whether or not indie authors needed them in this crazy cowtown. I can see both sides of the issue, and I have great respect for my friends who say, “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” So it was with a bit of a sociological eye that I submitted Drawing Breath – weeks before my post aired – on a tip from author J.L. Murray when GrubStreetReads.com offered a free promotion. Do I like shiny things? Yes. Do I like praise? Heck, yes. So when J.L. Murray, David Antrobus, and I were all endorsed, our lovely book covers on their home page all in a row, sure, I was moved. Do I think we NEED endorsements other than those lovingly offered by our readers? No. But better than the endorsement is what the Grub Street evaluator said about Drawing Breath:
“I loved this book! From the beginning the story drew me in and I couldn’t put it down,
even when I was crying so hard I couldn’t read. You have created a beautiful story that
explores innocence both for Caitlin and in my opinion Daniel as well.” -L.R.
Now that’s an endorsement!
Ah, well put, Laurie. You captured every nuance there!
You nailed it – on all counts.
Thanks! Mixed feelings, absolutely.
I predict many shiny things in your future Laurie.
Grats Laurie and also thanks for opening my eyes to the fact that this is even possible. I’ve stumbled on the name Grubb Street but never realised what it was about. I’m going to go check it out as a reader and maybe nudge some of my friends to submit their work there as well! Thanks 😀
Sure! I know there’s another organization called Grub Street (located in Boston), but I don’t know if it’s affiliated with this start-up.
I like the principle behind this site and it was great to see Drawing Breath in amongst the ‘couldn’t put down’ books. 🙂 I’ve sent the url to Candy and I think this will be one investment I’ll make sometime in the near future.