We're All Damaged

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Digital Age: An Update

On May 1, Amazon released my new book We're All Damaged a month before the official publication date as part of its Kindle First program. And, well...wow.

The very first day it was available, it shot to #1 on a bunch of different lists, and, on day two, it became the most downloaded book on all of Amazon. In addition to all those downloads, the book has gotten a flood of reader reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads...more, in fact, than I ever could have imagined. 

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded the book, and special thanks to those who have taken the time to write a review. Feedback thus far has been overwhelmingly positive, and, at the risk of sounding all sappy and gooey, it warms my heart. For a number of reason, We're All Damaged was a tough ride for me, and for a depressing period of time I was fairly certain it would never see the light of day. The fact that Andy and his rocky little story are connecting with so many of you makes me very happy.

If you haven't downloaded the book as part of Kindle First yet, you have one more week. For those of you waiting for the actual printed book...bless your hearts. That'll be available June 1.

Thanks again, you beautiful nerds.

thenormannation@gmail.com

35 comments:

  1. Loving the book so far. I'm kinda going through this myself - so helping with the familiarity and distraction.

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  2. Thanks, IT. Glad you're liking it. And, hang in there.

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  3. I randomly chose this book yesterday after finally giving up my year(s) long avoidance/prejudice of downloadable books. I decided that reading many books that don't physically exist would surely be better than reading very few that do(because I can't reasonably afford to buy every book I want to read, and public library selections are limited in small bible belt towns). This book sucked me in immediately, which is impressive with my shit attention span, and I didn't put it down until the end. I laughed and cried and wanted to punch a few people, and I woke up wishing I hadn't read it all in one night. I can't wait for the release so I can add this to my bookshelf!!

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    1. Thanks, Casey. That's wonderful to hear, especially the punching part, for some reason. Ha. Take care.

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  4. Don't thank us. Thank YOU. It was a beautiful novel and I loved it.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. That's great to hear.

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  5. I just finished it and loved it. Very funny and sweet. Pls write more... Not sure why I can't post my name, but it's Donna btw

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    1. Thanks, Donna. More to come, for sure. One page at a time.

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  6. You are my new fav! I haven't read a laugh out loud book in a very long time. I loved the imagination and random things that your characters would say. The scene in the truck with the dad on the motorcycle in the back had me in stitches. I read that part to my husband out loud so that he could join in the laughter. He's now reading your book too! I hope to see more of your work because you are now one of my favorite authors. Thanks for the great story!

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    1. Thanks, Donni. Glad you liked it.

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  7. Wow. I'm not a laugh out loud type person, but I was with We're All Damaged. The scene at Applebee's, the book store, the record shop,the squirrels and of course, taking back the neighborhood plan with a big red truck...absolutely brilliant. Loved Andy and D. I've been so busy with life and work but I managed to squeeze in stolen moments to read your book through the course of one week. Thank you for giving your readers something to look forward to. You are a wonderful writer, Mr. Norman!

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    1. Thanks. Much appreciated. My hope is that no one who reads this book looks at a squirrel the same way again.

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  8. I am half way through this book and love it, was this based on fact?

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  9. I'm a cam model and was laughing when that came to light in your book!

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    1. Hey, Omayra...I made it all up, fortunately. And, shhhh. No spoilers. :)

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  11. After thoroughly enjoying this book more than any other I've read in a long time, I read the bio at the end that you live in Baltimore (as do I). Do you ever do any local events?

    I would like to also mention I read this in one afternoon while on holiday and laughed outloud many times, much to my husband's embarrassment.

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    1. Hey, Heather. Thanks for the note. And, yes...I have a local event scheduled in June with my buddy Jessica Anya Blau. Check it out:

      http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/an_evening_with_jessica_anya_blau_and_matthew_norman#.V046J2bdgvw

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  12. Congratulations, Matthew. Terrific read. I don't always read the Kindle First titles I download but this sounded great - I started it last night and finished it this afternoon. If you haven't already sold the movie rights to this, you should have no trouble doing that.

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    1. Thanks, Shaybo. And, yeah, the movie business is strange. I've optioned my first book twice. No movie...yet.

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  13. I started with this title and promptly moved onto Domestic Violets, and loved them both. I will be a lifetime reader of yours. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, DB. Book #3 is coming along well.

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  14. I absolutely loved this book. I felt like I was reading a story about my current situation, not to mention my name is Andy and Andy is my age in this story.

    Needless to say, I could not stop reading this book once I started. I can relate to Andy on so many levels about the hardship he is going through.

    Fantastic job, Matthew. I am now on my way to purchase your first book, Domestic Violets.

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    1. Hey, Andy. Thanks...and, sorry. I wouldn't wish Andy's situation on anybody. But, you'll power through. Just stay away from big red trucks.

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  15. I am waiting for my copy to arrive from Amazon. Woo-hoo! Loved your first book. I know I will love this one, too.

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  16. Just finished the book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan on ordering your first book and hope that you write many more!

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    1. Thanks, A. Hope you like DV. And...more books to come!

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  17. Just finished the book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan on ordering your first book and hope that you write many more!

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  18. "We're All Damaged" is a simple book that won my heart with its complexity. Funny and tentatively joyous, it's left me with several ambiguous situations to ponder -- as I leave Andy to stumble through the next chapter of his life. Good job, sir, nicely done.

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    1. Thanks! So glad you liked the book.

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  20. I've now read both of your books and while I liked the first one, I loved the second one! Your way of making light of awkward situations provides all of us of a way to make it through life's tough times and reminds us that if we keep our wits about us we can make it through these tough times. Thank you for the story of Andy and thank you for providing a path for him to keep moving through. Awesome job with both books. Well done and thank you!

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