The British authors, on the other hand, were very nice and did more than just answered an email. They went out of their way to read what I sent, enough of it, anyway, to send an endorsement. And it's not like it had to be an essay. No. Just one or two sentences. That's it.
I talked about the world famous Ian Knight and his endorsement of my John Dunn book, and another great individual named A M Banks, a reviewer for a couple British military magazines. But when it came to Second Chance, almost all American sports novelists just ignored me. Like they were all that. Well, they should know that compared to people like Ian Knight, they are not all that. They were snobbish in the sense that they did not respond at all. Wouldn't give the proverbial time of day.
Finally one great man did. John Coy. He is nationally recognized and has been published by at least two of the Big Five publishers: MacMillan and Random House. Scholastic Press, too.
Tim Green, another sports book author, at least replied to me and gave me an understandable reason why he couldn't do it. But hey, at least he gave me the time of day, right? So that's cool. He didn't act like he was too high and mighty to communicate with a lowly author like me. I appreciated that.
Today, another great man has responded with an endorsement. Carl Deuker, author of several great sports books, like Gym Candy and Payback Time, both about football. I will probably buy them, too. Same with Crackback by John Coy. I already bought Ian Knight's book, Zulu Rising; the Epic Story of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. It's a long book, and I'm half way through it. To the left, you can see Mr. Deuker's quote on the cover of Second Chance. I was mildly surprised Dana chose Mr. Deuker's quote for the cover instead of Mr. Coy's, but I suppose it doesn't matter. Both quotes will be on page one of the book anyway, along with Walter Knight's quote, a fellow author from Penumbra.
I would like to post an AIS soon, too. It's an Advanced Information Sheet which is used to send to bookstores so they can see what books to buy. As soon as Dana at KRP gets the image of the book's cover on there, I'll show you what it looks like. Can't wait for it to happen. Stay tuned.