I just had a wonderful review of my book. No, it wasn’t from an prestigious publication or website. It was from an individual I don’t know. (I promise. This person is not even a distant relative.) And the individual said in the review something like this (I paraphrase):
I got this book when it was free. I don’t usually write reviews for free books because most of them aren’t very good. But this one was different and I wanted to write a short review to support Mr. Sasse.
Wow! You can read the actual review for yourself on Amazon, if you like. But this one meant a lot. A person who had no expectations, perhaps low expectations, in the end takes a few moments of their busy life to support me as an author. You can imagine how much that means to me.
And that’s when it hit me. I’m not going to reach large groups of readers all at once. I’m not going to have full-page spreads in the New York Times or be part of Oprah’s book club. Oodles of non-descript readers aren’t going to suddenly jump on the Sasse bandwagon.
I’m going to gain readers one at a time. Individuals, who stumble upon my work and like it. The ones who have nothing to gain except enjoying a good read and tipping their cap to the author.
I am honored to find one more reader who enjoyed my work. Thank you for the encouragement. Perhaps this was the most prestigious type of review after all.