Sunday, July 8, 2012

Buying a new book? Consider one by Michael W. Sherer

I'm sharing a letter Michael W. Sherer posted at Facebook.
Please do what you can, and help spread the word.

Dear FB/Twitter Friends/Fans,

Most of you don’t know me, so I’m not sure how to say this without sounding crass or self-serving. So I’m going to swallow my pride and just say it. I need your help. Call it a sign of the times, or perhaps it’s a personal failing, but here I am.

This Tuesday, I’m going into the hospital for my third angiogram and what looks like my second stent. Despite a healthy l...ifestyle (including smart eating habits and tennis five days a week) I have coronary artery disease. I’m not concerned about the procedure, nor the outcome—I look forward to a lot of active years ahead with my family. My concern is the price tag associated with the procedure.

I have health insurance. But two years ago, the rising cost of that insurance forced me and my family into a catastrophic plan, one with a high deductible. Even then, my monthly premiums have risen to more than $1,000 per month for a family of three. So, I will pay for most of this coming procedure out-of-pocket, an unforeseen cost I hadn’t budgeted for. And my next book doesn’t come out until October.

I’m not looking for charity. I know there are many more people out there facing far more dire circumstances than mine. (Our neighbors just sold their house because the bank was about to foreclose.) What I want are readers, mystery lovers who would be interested in an award-winning series or an award-winning stand-alone suspense novel. Three of my seven published novels, along with a short story featuring my series protagonist, are available on Kindle and/or Nook. If you know of anyone who might be interested in inexpensive, high-quality entertainment, please share or retweet this message.

To find out more about me, and my books, please visit my website—

I won’t repeat this plea. If you know of people who might have missed it, please tell them about it. If you can help me grow my audience of readers, thank you. (And if you have ideas on how to truly lower healthcare costs in this country, please tell Congress.)



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