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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Little Guilt by M.M. Bygrove is a short story that draws the reader in bit by bit, just as if caught on a hook. It starts out sounding a lot like my life; a writer who doesn’t sell as much as would be desired. His name is Scott Sellars. If his poor book sales weren’t enough, he is late to work one day after staying up too late writing, and gets fired! Now what? Maybe he can boost his book sales somehow. He might have been more careful to please his boss, but now he will have to make other arrangements to pay his bills.
Short-sighted Sellars turns to promoting his book for free, as most of us would do in his place. He emails several freebie sites to try to get them to pick up his book and advertise it for free. He tries several different tricks in his emails to various places to get them to notice his book. Finally, someone does notice and it unleashes a series of events that could never be expected. Writers will enjoy this book and also anyone who likes to read about the writer’s life. It is more difficult than one might imagine, but has its own intrinsic rewards.
Bygrove’s subject matter is one frequently chosen by authors. The thing that makes his story stand out is an extra character and some amusing overheard conversations. I found this short story, Little Guilt, funny and surprising with unusual plot elements. It does contain some profanity.