Kirkus Author Experiences

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Alternate Bards
With my first book, Shakespeare’s Dark Lady: Amelia Bassano Lanier, I quickly found out that getting reviews is a tricky business. Journals have many criteria for the books they review ...
Chick Lit Isn't Dead
My road to becoming an indie author was a long and winding one. Ultimately, my husband’s stage-four battle with cancer shook me to the point where I no longer wanted ...
Kirkus, The Book Propeller
I had just finished my first novel, a biblical thriller, Judas the Apostle, in 2011. Set in modern times, the story revolves around an ancient oil jar, what’s in it ...
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 ...
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 ...