Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is Available for Pre-order and Review

Ebenezer_Allen_Final_CoverEbenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is officially available for pre-order. The release date is July 15, 2020. My publisher is holding a contest for pre-orders, and the winner gets twenty books to donate to area schools. Your pre-order will help educate students about Ebenezer Allen’s role in Texas history. Pre-order book.

I have completed a draft of my biography Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. The book is scheduled for release on July 15, 2020. The publisher suggested I add “blurbs” about the book and author on the back cover.

I am looking for people who will review the book and/or are familiar with my authoring to write brief recommendations/endorsements for my biography of Ebenezer Allen. This is not editing. I only need around three sentences to help create interest in buying and reading the book. Waldorf Publishing markets their books to libraries and schools. Educators, librarians, and historians would be most helpful.

Would you be interested in writing a few sentences for the book? It would mean a great deal to me if you gave an endorsement based on your knowledge of me, experience with my books, reading the biography, and your previous or current position. Potential readers pay attention to who gave the blurb, and judge the book based on the person endorsing it.

A good blurb will indicate the book is significant, provide proof the author is worthy, help readers that the book is relevant to them, and most importantly, convince a potential reader to buy the book.

The following are examples from Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Price novel, The Killer Angels.

“The best Civil War novel ever written, even better than The Red Badge of Courage.” – Stephen B. Coats

“My favorite historical novel …. It is a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.” ̶ James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

“A book that changed my life…. I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive …. I wept. No book, novel or nonfiction, had ever done that to me before.” ̶ Ken Burns, film maker and co-author of The Civil War

The following are examples from John Waugh’s Class of 1846.

“John C. Waugh, a distinguished journalist, gives to his story of the class a special and very human dimension that is missing from their standard biographies and autobiographies.” ̶ Edwin C. Bearss, author of Vicksburg Campaign

“Waugh skillfully traces the transformation of 1842’s callow plebes into some of the most important Civil War leaders on either side.” ̶ Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall at Cedar Mountain

“A compelling work which entertains as well informs the general reader.” ̶ James L. Morrison, Jr., author of The Best School in the World: West Point, the Pre-Civil War Years, 1833-1860

As you can see, the blurbs are short and do not require an in-depth reading of the book. However, credentials are important. This is not the time to be modest.

I hope you will consider my request.


About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written six books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", Preparing for Disunion, and Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. He taught classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and given presentations at Civil War Roundtables.
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