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This is why we do it, right?


Now that Fur-Face has been out a couple of weeks, I'm starting to get some readerly responses.  I've had some lovely emails, as well as some very kind star ratings and reviews, but today I got my first ever target-audience related feedback.
 
A work friend of Senior Management (who I've never met) bought Fur-Face for her daughter at the weekend.  This morning, her friend sent this lovely email:

'M. started reading [Fur-Face] after dinner last night.  Since she started, I couldn't take her away from the computer - she chose to read Jon's book instead of doing an evening walk with mom.  I had to force her to stop at 9:30pm to go to bed.  She is up to page 74 and begs me to print the book for her to bring to school to read during breaks.  Let Jon know she loves it!' 

To say I'm chuffed doesn't do it justice.

In related news, Fur-Face, still sits atop the Best Seller list at Omnilit.com (for the fifteenth day in a row).

On Sunday, I'll be announcing the random winners of the first
'Thanks-for-helping-me-promote-Fur-Face' prize draw.  Up for grabs is a Quake eBook of your choice, with two runners-up getting a copy of the GENTLEMAN JONES special edition CD.

I've tried to make a note of everyone who's posted the book trailer, promoted/reviewed and/or generally pimped Fur-Face online, but if you want to sure you're included, please send me a link (either as a comment or by email to
jon@acatofninetales.com
).

I'll be sending out the Spirit of Adventure mp3s to folks who emailed me their receipts for Fur-Face this afternoon.  If you'd like to be entered in the main promotion (prizes include an exclusive 'I are a writer' mug, the chance to name one of three characters in Barnum's Revenge (book two in the series), one of six Quake eBooks of your choice, and of ten more GENTLEMAN JONES CDs) just forward me your receipt: jon@acatofninetales.com.

All in all, I'm having a grand day.

How are things with you?



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bogwitch64
Jun. 16th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
19 days!/font>

There's nothing like getting positive feedback from your target audience.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
It were grand :)
bogwitch64
Jun. 16th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know why that fireworked everything. I only had the 19 days highlighted!
msstacy13
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
A stray spark must have ignited the whole works.
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jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I think Terri supplied plenty :)
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bondo_ba
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
That is probably the best review I've ever seen, bar none.

I can only imagine how you feel.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
It made my day :)
annastan
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic review! I hope you did a little happy dance. :-)
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I did indeed, twice :)
incandragon
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
All in all, you worked hard for your grand day. I'm very glad you got it! Congratulations on your page-turner, and I'll send warm thoughts to all readers who take the time to tell the author their toil was appreciated!
msstacy13
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
a point of semantic information
Wouldn't an ebook
be a page-clicker?
:)
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slweippert
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Major Awesomeness!

I hope you got my signal boost in my blog, I'd happy dance if I won.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I sure did, and ta muchly for it :)
msstacy13
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Now I wish I'd put more effort in.

I'll just have to remind myself that this is an exhibition only,
not a competion.
Of course, if I had won,
it would have been a competition.
msstacy13
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, and The Bohemian Girl and Other Stories
has jumped to #312,316 in Books!
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
If you look at it another way, I think Amazon has over 10 million books on sale, which means you're in the top 4% :)
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maryjdal
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful review. Congrats.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mary :)
peadarog
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
What a nice fan mail :)
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Peadar
wordsrmylife
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Your post was what I needed after an afternoon of non-writing computer drudgery.

Why we do it indeed!
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Katherine. It sure beats the heck out of that non-writing computer drudgery :)
a_r_williams
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
"'M. started reading [Fur-Face] after dinner last night. Since she started, I couldn't take her away from the computer - she chose to read Jon's book instead of doing an evening walk with mom. I had to force her to stop at 9:30pm to go to bed. She is up to page 74 and begs me to print the book for her to bring to school to read during breaks. Let Jon know she loves it!' "

That's what makes a good book. When the reader doesn't want to do anything else besides finish the book, you wrote a winner.

Congrats! It's not an easy thing to do.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Aaron :)
tracy_d74
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Whoooohooooo! Whooooooohoooooo!!!!! Congratulations on #1. AND what a great review. WOW! But I'm soooo not surprised. Not one bit. (I'm gonna start reading your book tomorrow.)
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy. I hope you enjoy it :)
celestialgldfsh
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
That's a fantastic review! I bet you started floating when you read that.
jongibbs
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
I still haven't stopped :)
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