REVIEW: ‘The Bottom Corner: A Season with the Dreamers of Non-League Football’ – Nige Tassell

As a follower of Non-League football myself, I found this book quite engrossing.

The format was tidy, accounting for the season and off-season on a month by month basis, and concentrating on only a couple of clubs each chapter. I would, though, have preferred to read about more teams from the middle the pyramid, my only slight criticism being that the book seems more focused on National League, and then clubs right at the bottom of the pyramid.

But that really doesn’t detract from providing a well written account of life at the Bottom Corner. of British football

AMAZING REVIEW!

Amazon.com logo -500Since I stopped promoting ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee’ about a month ago, it has virtually flat-lined as far as sales go. But the time had come to give more attention to drafting my new book, ‘Soul Survivor,’ (working title.)

It seemed the kindest thing to do was to take ‘D&RW’ down that sad, one-way trip to the local book-vet, for …. well, sssshhh – you know.

But then last night, came THIS – an absolute belter of a review from a reader in USA.

The book has also been included in the ‘I Recommend …’ Top 10 Humor books on Lia London’s excellent blog.

Maybe there’s life in the old (damp) dogs, yet.

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Sorry …. well – not really.

I know … yadda, yadda, yadda. Another chuffin’ five star review on Amazon.com (USA)

America  – I’m comin’ to get ya!

Sorry – this is not in my normal character, but I’ve learnt over these past few months that if you don’t bang your own drum, then there ain’t nobody else going to do it for you.

(Except, of course, these wonderful people who have taken time to leave such lovely words on both Amazon – 17 on Amazon UK and 6 on Amazon USA – and Goodreads. Thank you all.)Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee - final - thumbnail

Format: Kindle Edition

The author explains how a couple of unexpected career changes ultimately presented him with a new job opportunity as a Pet Professional. This new job provided many stories and lucky for us, the author has written this book to share them with us.

Written in a comical and heartfelt way, we learn about the animals’ reactions to various situations and the way each pet formed their very own unique bond with him, and he with them. The author did a great job describing the vast personalities of these pets. I especially liked the comments he imagined them saying.

Overall, this was a fun read and I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s sense of humor. Of course, animal lovers will naturally be drawn to this book, rightfully so, but anyone who has gone through (has ever thought about or been forced into) a career change, will greatly enjoy this as well.

Five Star Weekend

How To SellAll Indie authors very quickly realise that promotion of their book is every bit as hard, if not harder, than writing the damn thing in the first place. Most would likely also acknowledge that marketing their work is more tedious and frustrating than the dreaded editing process.

It’s also alien to many of us to bum on about how good our book is. We view that as being ‘cocky,’ and certainly where I come from, bragging is viewed as a social ‘no no.’

But although the temptation is to cross our fingers and hope for the best, whilst concentrating on writing our new book, promotion and marketing is unfortunately  a necessary evil.

So, please forgive me. I’m not bragging. I’m simply ‘promoting’: this weekend saw another two 5/5 reviews of ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’   Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee - final - thumbnail

The first comes from science fiction / fantasy author, Sarah Potter,and appears on both her excellent blog and on the Goodreads website. Coming from a more experienced writer, this means a lot!

The second review appears on the U.S. Amazon.com website and has been written by V. Demaine. Amazon.com logo -500

5.0 out of 5 stars It’s entertaining and funny, but also poignant

By V Demaine on February 27, 2016

Format: Paperback

An absolute must for all pet owners and animal lovers.

What a gem this is. It’s entertaining and funny, but also poignant. You can really tell that the author has a love of animals and truly cares about his work. I love stories based on real life situations and this book gives an insight into the complexities of what at first seems a straightforward job.I must say I admire the way this man has made a successful career change, not only from bank manager to pet sitter, but to author as well-it’s very well written. Read it yourself and it would make an ideal gift for any pet owner or animal lover.

Amazing! Thank you.

Come to think about it – I love bragging! (I mean, promotion.)

HELP!

Amazon.com logo -500I have a problem. Actually, I have a few, but now is neither the time nor the place.

Instead, let’s talk about my little quandary. (Behave.)

I am looking to run a book promotion in United States, hoping that this will generate some interest in ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee.’ The trouble is, without a good few positive reviews on Amazon.com none of the ‘big hitter’ promo sites will accept the book. Not even though I can point them to the Amazon.co.uk  site which presently has sixteen excellent, five-star comments.

No sales in USA = No reviews. No reviews in USA = No sales.

Weirdly, the one review (also five-star) that I’ve received from the States, replicated itself on the UK site. But for some reason, there doesn’t seem to be a reciprocal arrangement.

As I can’t determine who has posted on the UK site, I’m asking anyone who reads this post, and has previously posted a review there, if they would mind copying their comment to the Amazon.com site, and adding some reference to the comment first being added to the UK site on ‘xyz date.’

It really is time for me to move on from ‘Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee,’ and get writing those promised ‘Soul Survivor,’ and ‘The Rambling Man,’ efforts. I can’t wait forever to crack the US market, but with your help ……

As a wee ‘thank you,’ here’s a funny video of cats stealing dogs’ beds.

Cheers!

THE INCA PROJECT

INCA PROJECT - bannerPraise by way of book reviews is one thing ….. but compliments from one’s peers is even better. (I use the word ‘peers’ in a very presumptuous context.)

The latest edition of The Inca Project’s newsletter carries the following paragraph in the ‘news’ section.

This, Wednesday 9th December, being the second consecutive day with no book sales (after thirty last week) I needed some cheering up. This’ll do just nicely, thanks.

‘Damp Dogs and Rabbit Wee: Cee Tee Jackson is getting lots of exposure for this superb revelation of the pet care business. He has used public libraries and achieved ‘Book of the Week’ status in several, being invited in for book signings etc. He also advertised in dog magazines and that has resulted in a good number of sales. Cee Tee has what it takes and has spotted a gap in this market to make a difference. He is the ideal Inca member, doing something that bit different from the norm, and totally deserving the rewards. Cee Tee served his time in a bank, so that has been a good grounding for doing something wholly diverse! You can read his author interview on the Inca site.’

How’s this for a review?

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Wow!

It still tickles me that my wee book continues to attract such favourable comment:

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Delightful!

By Dyanne Gordon Green on 6 Nov. 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

What a delightful, well-written book! The author invites the reader into his world of professional pet services and it is a wonderful place. Yes, there are damp dogs, and yes, there is rabbit wee and it’s all makes sense. I fell in love with the dogs and their distinct personalities. Light and humorous but also filled with touches of true, heartfelt emotion. The writing style is reminiscent of James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small” series. I highly recommend this book and hope Mr. Jackson continues to share his stories.