Nov. 9: This post is about The Long Road to Paris, so if you thought you’d read about a beauty, teen-age, or winner of whatever contest, you can stop reading now. If, however, you want to read (even) more about The Long Road to Paris, read on!
Let me tell you this. If you want to decide which book-new or old- to buy, or download to your e-reader, I recommend subscribing to Kirkus weekly e-newsletter. You can quickly read their independent review before you spend any money. They’ve been in the business of reviewing books since 1933 and their tag line is “World’s toughest book critic.” Had we known this before we sent them our novel to review, we probably never would have done it. But we were naive and had been told by many that we needed a professional review for credibility.
Now don’t get me wrong, we think the book is good and the feedback from readers has confirmed that, just read the reviews on Amazon, but hey, this is just an Indie published book and hadn’t been through the ringer of professional, independent reviewers. That is until Kirkus.
Now here’s the thing. There is no right or wrong in reviewing books. This is an art, not a science. Ok, some things are wrong. Bad writing, poorly thought out plots or, shallow one-dimensional characters that you can’t invest in. But lots of good books get poor reviews. Lots of popular books get poor reviews. Take for example Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Kirkus didn’t particularly like it, but it’s WAY at the top of best-selling books. So whose to say.
What I can say, is a good review from Kirkus certainly can’t hurt. We have a great review from Kirkus and this week we learned it is on the “Most popular” carousal for the week. To get this, means we got more visitors than any other book in our category (thriller)! Now that’s exciting. We’re right next to Stephen King’s new book. (He’s not competition, his book is the “most popular” in the sci. fi. category. But we can rub elbows, right?
Here, you can check it out! http://us2.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=c3b4eae2a6dee6fd3d1204b56&id=26f689e61d
If I’ve done this right, you can just click this url and see for yourself. Are we excited? You could say so. It’s all part of being new at this. And, by the way, it seems the printer goofed up on the print version of Kirkus Reviews that gets sent out to industry people, like libraries, publishers, bookstores, etc. and because of that, the ad for our book will run a second time!
OK, that’s enough of my enthusiasm. Hope you enjoyed sharing it.
Jan (Ed’s in Florida on our sailboat. Getting it ready for the Bahamas trip. Need to do some more “research” for Night Watch. Just wish the IRS would believe that!)