This week I got an email from a fellow poet and author named Amy Langevin. She read Bitter Suites, took the time to leave a review on Amazon and then took even more time to send me an email telling me how much she liked it and what her favorite parts were.

Anyone with a few books out there knows how hard it is to get a review. Good books are consumable. As soon as the last page is digested, most of us want to sit back and savor what we just read, not write a review.

Reviews, social media shares and word of mouth are what help good books get noticed. They aren’t just cool ego boosts for authors… they are vital to our survival. If one person reads an excellent book but doesn’t tell anyone, that excellent book risks going unread for the rest of time.

Think for a minute of a book that means a lot to you. Now think of your life without that book. That book was there for you to find because someone recommended it. Maybe you randomly came across it in the library and fell in love. Someone still recommended it to the library for you to discover.

I appreciate that Amy left a review and took the time to send me an email about Bitter Suites. Because of it, I wanted to know more about this wonderful person with great taste and found out she’s an author herself. Her website says she writes “edgy horror.” I happen to enjoy “edgy horror.” I expect beautiful, horrible things from this Amy.

One of her titles caught my interest: The Man Who Married Death.  She called it a “horror poetry book.” She deals with the supernatural, psychosis and death. It’s already in my Kindle and on my reading list.

You can visit her for yourself at Terror Mirror, where she keeps many terrible things those who love dark writing will appreciate. I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading The Man Who Married Death. You can be sure I will be reviewing and sending her an email back about it.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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