KIRKUS AUTHOR EXPERIENCES

An Egalitarian Approach to Book Reviewing
As a debut British author writing in the first-person voices of two American protagonists, I was especially nervous about what a U.S.-based reviewer would make of my historical novel, Liberty Bazaar. The story intertwines the experiences of an escaped slave girl and a Confederate general, and this extra complication added to my concern over how the novel would ...
Kirkus Was the Ultimate Validation
Anyone who has published a book can tell you how nerve-racking it is to release a body of work that has more or less become an extension of yourself. Writers like myself sometimes spend years working on story and character development, release it, and then are left at the mercy of readers. Kirkus Reviews was, for me, like pulling off ...
My Review Made Others Pay Attention
A few weeks before the launch of Surprise Encounters with Artists and Scientists, Whales and Other Living Things, Kirkus wrote a friendly, incisive review at the invitation of my publisher at Wild River Books. At the launch in October, 2015, at our beloved Labyrinth book store in Princeton, I read a few of the 152 stories of encounters with the ...
A Trusted Review that I Always Tuck Inside my Cover
“Close but no cigar” pretty much describes the path my novel, Instead, has traveled. During the “gentler, kinder” times (does that date me?), my short stories that later became chapters sparked a continuing dialogue with an editor at The New Yorker. I then signed with a famous literary agency that shopped the book around—the close part came when one large ...
Now a Bestseller on Amazon
Writing a manuscript is no easy task. My debut novel, A Faithful Son, took some four years and countless hours. As all-consuming as the writing process was, it did not prepare me for the next stage of independent publishing. In my soul, I believed that I had written an exceptional book. However, I soon learned that a thoughtful, penetrating manuscript was only ...
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