Wisdom of Kammbia 3.16: Do Book Endorsements Actually Convince You To Buy A Book?

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“I loved BAG of BONES. It’s Stephen King for the new millennium, with all the heart and wit showing through the suspense.” (Anne Rivers Siddons on Bag of Bones by Stephen King)

“Greg Bear’s most ambitious novel yet…..an extremely dense and complex work about nothing less than the nature of consciousness.” (Washington Post Book World on the Queen of Angels by Greg Bear)

“Rapturous….astonishing….GILEAD is an inspired work from a writer whose sensibility seems steeped in holy fire.” (Elle on Gilead by Marilynne Robinson)

“If Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man went underground, Toni Morrison’s Milkman flies.” (New York Times Book Review on Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison)

Those endorsements came from novels I have on my bookshelf.  It got me to wondering that I have never bought a book from any kind of endorsement. I’ve bought books from recommendations of friends, other blogs I read, book reviews, and even taken chances on a whim.

Has anyone else ever bought a book from book endorsements?  If you have, how did it convince you?  If not, why?  And should new writers seek endorsements for their novels.

Looking forward to reading your responses.

Wisdom of Kammbia 3.13: An Inspirational Message For the New Year

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Since, this is the first blog post of the new year. I thought I would share an inspirational message.

I heard this on a radio interview a couple of nights ago:

“Graham Greene, the great novelist, wrote a page a day everyday. After he wrote his page, he spent the rest of time living his life. Even though Greene didn’t write long novels, he published twenty-six novels during his lifetime.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from his philosophy is that predictability and routine are just as important as inspiration and passion.  For some reason, predictability and routine get a bad reputation in our modern culture.

However, predictability and routine in a reverse psychological way actually increases and enhances inspiration, passion, and creativity.

My hope for anyone this new year whether trying to become the next Graham Greene, finishing their college degree, becoming an entrepreneur or anything else that you want to achieve is that you find a routine and stick to it.  And just like Graham Greene, you will be surprised on how much you can accomplish in a lifetime.”

Happy New Year to all my readers!