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September 30: The Date of Our First Marketing Scheme

Have you heard? If an item sold through Amazon.com sells 100 units in a single day, Amazon, apparently, offers a promotional incentive of posting this item on one of their "bestseller" lists. That's the kind of visibility I'm hoping to achieve in order to break out into a viewership beyond that of Toril's and my friends. 
     So, we've chosen the date of Saturday, September 30, to ask the world to push "buy" on Amazon for either the beautiful paperback or the Kindle e-book version of my newly published novel, Brig-Wallis Preparatory School for Boys. September 30 is the 50th anniversary of my wife Toril's arrival into this world. She says that she can think of no better way to celebrate her birthday than by watching friends and loved ones welcome her "man's" work of art into their lives.
     Logically, word of mouth is the next means to reaching a larger audience, so, if you do happen to purchase a version of my book, please try to leave a rating and/or review once you've read it. (I do hope that you'll at least try reading it!) Thank you so much! 

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