When I started writing my book, I had no idea what an advance review was, but I sure do now. An advance review is the short write-up of praise or criticism that appears in the inside front of a book or on its back cover. In other works, it is a blurb.
I also found out how an author gets a blurb, and it is by asking someone whose opinion they value to take the time to read their book in advance and then write a few sentences or a paragraph about it. Do you think that is an easy thing to do? All I can say is that I did not find it easy! That is why I feel blessed that 6 individuals with a wide range of backgrounds said, “Yes,” to my request.
They are, in random order: Carl Abbott of Portland State University and author of Portland in Three Centuries; business owner and member of CCA PNW, Jack Mattice; Mark Williams, President of Worldwide Distributors in Kent Washington; Tom Quigg, business owner in Grays Harbor, Washington, and creator of The Harbor – a Culture of Success; Fred Leeson, author of My-Te-Fine Merchant, Fred Meyer’s Retail Revolution; and Ron Menconi, Sr. V.P. of G.I. Joe’s and Joe’s Sports, Outdoor and More, 1999-2009, and former chairman of the National Sporting Goods Association, 2003-2004.
Thanks to them all!