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re: book review request by award-winning authorDear Fantastic Finds: I'm an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.Can I interest you in reviewing it? If you write me back at firstname.lastname@example.org, I can email you a PDF of my book. My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher's website:http://wvupressonline.com/cummings_ugly_to_start_with_9781935978084Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: "In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering--emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.For more information about me, please visit:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_CummingsThank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.Kindly,John Michael Cummings
Hi John, I would be happy to read your book and have sent you an email. Thanks!