Are Endorsements Important?

Avalanche Cover FinalPublishing a book takes an incredible amount of time and energy, so an author has to choose where they spend this time and energy. I chose to research who would be a good fit to endorse AVALANCHE, to write letters requesting endorsements, to send out ARC’s of AVALANCHE, and to thank the authors.

For each of the novels in the Stone Mountain Mystery series, I’ve received incredible endorsements to be placed on the covers and on the inside of the books. Once I received the endorsements, I sent them off to my publisher.

I believe endorsements are important. They inform readers that your novels have been vetted by an authors who write in a similar genre that you do. This is assuming that you asked authors who do write in your genre. My thinking was that if I asked authors of a similar genre then their readers might like my books too.

Imajin Books shortens the endorsements that go on the cover, picking the best words that highlight the story.  Here are the shortened versions.

As thrilling as a heart-stopping run down the slopes ~ Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mysteries”

“A story that keeps you guessing. You can’t turn the pages fast enoughJeff Buick, author of Bloodline, Lethal Dos, African Ice, Shell Game and Delicate Chaos”

“Avalanche smashes and uproots relationships in Stone Mountain, leaving devastation in its wake. ~ James M. Jackson, author of the Seamus McCree Series”

Here are the long versions of the endorsements that I showcased on my website, amazon author page, and that Imajin Books includes inside the book.

A mountain as deadly as it is majestic; characters far too familiar with the Seven Deadly Sins and murder−Kristina Stanley’s Avalanche has it all. This fast-paced mystery is as thrilling as a heart-stopping run down the slopes. ~ Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mysteries

Layer upon layer, like snow building for an avalanche, Stanley weaves a story that keeps you guessing. You can’t turn the pages fast enough. ~ Jeff Buick, author of Bloodline, Lethal Dos, African Ice, Shell Game and Delicate Chaos

Avalanche smashes and uproots relationships in Stone Mountain Resort, leaving devastation in its wake. With as many layers as winter’s snow, this whodunit will keep you turning pages and guessing to the end. ~ James M. Jackson, author of the Seamus McCree Series

AVALANCHE is on sale for $0.99 USD for a limited time.

If you haven’t read any of this series, you can read a sample of DESCENT and BLAZE right from here.

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6 thoughts on “Are Endorsements Important?

  1. Those are great endorsements!! I did this for the first time for my upcoming book, Amanda on the Danube. It is so rewarding to have authors agree to provide an endorsement and I hope it helps to sell the book.

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