I just checked the comments on my last blog entry about becoming an Amazon reviewer. I. J. Parker and John Dishon questioned why I'd want to review my own book, and warned that it could destroy my credibility. So I'm hereby clarifying: no, I didn't review my own book on Amazon, but I did post some biographical information under the heading "Please allow me to introduce myself." (Mick Jagger's "Sympathy for the Devil" was running through my head, but I didn't source the quote - probably another no no.) I did open by saying that I was giving myself a five-star review, but although I meant it sardonically, the comments made me realize I might be turning off potential readers. I invite people to look up my book Eldercide on Amazon and let me know what you think. I still have the option of deleting my own review, and maybe I should!
At this stage of my life, I've come to think modesty is an over-rated virtue. Growing up in the midwest, I was taught it's bad manners to brag, but ultimately, I believe the advice did me serious damage, as it did many ladies of a certain age. (Think Hillary Clinton, and all the nasty stereotyping commentary on her assertiveness during last year's campaign.) But unless you're dead, it's never too late to change.
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