How About a Literary Quid Pro Quo?

Jim Dee
Jim Dee
Dec 11, 2019 · 4 min read

Tired of hearing about political quid pro quos? How about a literary one? I’m seeking readers for my novel, and you can get the full ebook for free!

The term quid pro quo is all we hear these days in the news. As we all know, it means a favor granted in return for something. As a writer, I feel it’s my duty to use this term in a non-political way, as I may be the only one doing so these days!

So… I released a novel in November on Amazon. It’s a humorous / literary / fantasy-type work for adults, with talking animals and all sorts of tom-foolery (cover shown here). I’ll pop a description below, for anyone interested.

Here’s the deal: I’m badly in need of reviews on Amazon (and maybe on GoodReads), as my book is sitting there with zero reviews, which I’ve learned is an awful thing because almost no one will buy and/or read a book that has no reviews.

It seems like a Catch-22: If no one will buy an unreviewed book, then how can an author get reviews in the first place?

Fortunately, I found a solution to this. There’s a site for authors and reviewers called StoryOrigin. For authors, it allows them (aka me) to upload sample eBooks (in .epub and .mobi format). Potential reader-reviewers can download the samples to read and, if they’d like to get a copy of the entire book (for free), they can then request a review copy.

Here’s the link for anyone interested (which I would sincerely appreciate). The link will take you directly to my book’s listing there:

(Another copy of the above link.)

More Details on the Novel:

Who is CHROO? …

He’s quite possibly the richest dog in the world, the ever-present Corona-swilling BFF to celebrity heiress Upferra Quiquis (pronounced “quickie”). Chroo’s been everywhere, knows everyone, and (unusual for a Chihuahua) boasts an impressive track record with large-breed females.

In this screwball literary fantasy, the fun starts when Upferra (who isn’t the dumb blonde everyone thinks) finds out she’s inheriting vastly more than the billions expected. It turns out her father was one of eight trillionaires controlling the world’s economy by playing a strange, secretive Game. She’s inherited his seat in this Game and it’s now literally her move. The problem is, she doesn’t care to play. So, she, Chroo, and an ensemble cast of humans and animals work to take down the Game, thus restoring freedom to the entire world!

CHROO brings readers along for a whirlwind global adventure. Those who like quirky tales will love the endless pop-culture and literary references, animal philosophy, and situational hijinks — from the book’s opening through its climax featuring an invasion of cross-dressing macaques (as told by a thespian cat in four pages of bona fide dactylic hexameter)!

Who Would Enjoy Reading CHROO?

  • Readers who enjoy well-crafted, literary prose;
  • Readers who love plot-driven novels;
  • Animal lovers — especially dogs and cats (and perhaps most notably Chihuahua lovers);
  • Those who appreciate humor, word-play, pop-culture and literary references, and a flirtation with meta-fiction at times;
  • Readers who would appreciate a smart, complex female protagonist;
  • Readers who might enjoy an ensemble-cast;
  • Those who like quirky, mysterious, and adventurous tales with diverse international locations;
  • Those who appreciate speculative, upmarket adult fantasy fiction (i.e., a world where a few select animals can talk to a few select humans, where the world run, in part, as a literal game, etc.).

#weird #funny #chroo


Photo by Howard Riminton on Unsplash

Well, that’s my quid pro quo. If you’re a potential reviewer who’d like a free copy to review, please let me know via the link to StoryOrigin.

So far, the direct feedback I’ve received has been fantastic. I think I just need some of that to appear on Amazon and GoodReads so that others will feel like taking a chance on an unknown author / book.

For anyone interested in a direct link to the book on Amazon, it’s here. :-)

Thanks for reading!


✍🏻 Jim Dee maintains his personal blog, “Hawthorne Crow,” and a web design blog, “Web Designer | Web Developer Magazine.” He also contributes to various Medium.com publications. Find him at JPDbooks.com, his Amazon Author page, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, or via email at Jim [at] ArrayWebDevelopment.com. His latest novel, CHROO, is available on Amazon.com. If you enjoy humorous literary tales, please grab a copy!

Hawthorne Crow

Tales, rants, observations — blog of Jim Dee, long-haired smart ass, self-employed web developer, hyper-creative writer, musician, renaissance man, defiant, prone to philosophization, as-always a pyro, ever-frustrated cat owner, free agent, bandanna wearer.

Jim Dee

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Jim Dee

Web guy at http://ArrayWebDevelopment.com — see also http://JPDbooks.com.

Hawthorne Crow

Tales, rants, observations — blog of Jim Dee, long-haired smart ass, self-employed web developer, hyper-creative writer, musician, renaissance man, defiant, prone to philosophization, as-always a pyro, ever-frustrated cat owner, free agent, bandanna wearer.

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