I am quite excited today because I got my first endorsement! You know those little quotes on books, like, "Best book ever! Changed my life!"? Well, it is an author's responsibility to procure those from authoritative people.
This means that you have to send your manuscript to other authors, literature professors, and critics: in other words, the people who are most likely to be, well, critical! It is a little scary to tell you the truth. In fact, it is is terrifying.
I sent a copy of the manuscript to Marilyn Brown. Marilyn is a highly-regarded and prolific novelist and the winner of the Utah State Fine Arts Novel Award, the Brigham Young University Mayhew prize, the Randall Book Award, and the first novel award given by the Association for Mormon Letters. Most recently, Marilyn and her husband, Bill, established the Marilyn Brown Unpublished Novel Award at UVU
Can you see why I was a tad nervous?
However, Marilyn happens to be one of the only novelists I know. I worked with her and her husband Bill about ten years ago when they owned the Villa Theatre in Springville. So, I thought it was worth giving her a try.
Marilyn gave me some very good feedback and a lot of encouragement. And, she sent the following endorsement:
"Through clever dialogue and scenes that ring with truth, Braden Bell grapples with the way a community of imperfect people may experience the atonement of Christ through the give and take of working together. He deals not only with healing through participation, but wrestles with some of our most pressing modern problems such as depression or addiction to pornography. The book deserves reading and rereading." Marilyn Brown
Perhaps some day I will be established enough that getting an endorsement like that isn't exciting. But if that day does come, it will be a long way off! For now, I am thrilled!
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