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—John Waldron, author of A Father's Angel
“As a first time novelist, it was extremely important to me that I set the right expectation for my book, Songs for the New Depression. I wanted people know that it was both quality, in terms of substance, and LGBT-themed. Prior to publication, I approached only two sources for reviews, Kirkus Indie, known as the 'World's Toughest Book Critics', and The Advocate magazine, given its name recognition in the LGBT community. Happily, I was able to use these two terrific reviews in pre-publicity, on the jacket cover and in marketing materials, which helped establish an immediate audience for the novel. With my forthcoming title, I plan to do the same.”
—Kergan Edwards-Stout, author of Songs for the New Depression
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—Susan Albert Wittig, author of A Wilder Rose