Oct. 31: Today, on Kirkus Reviews, The Long Road to Paris is listed on Critic’s Picks. Front Page! You can see the spread and read their review at www.kirkusreviews.com
Oh, you don’t know what Kirkus Reviews is? Well we didn’t either until we started trying to figure out how to publicize our novel. We were told simply, “get professional reviews.” Kirkus has been around since 1933 reviewing books. Their mission statement says, Our goal is simple: Recommend books worthy of your time. We sent them our book.
They are billed as “the toughest book critic” in the field and to get a good review from Kirkus (we learned) is not easy. One publisher that we know said she had never sent a book to Kirkus becasue they didn’t like anyone. We, on the other hand, were too naive to know this! So, you can imagine how thrilled we were when our review came back so positive. But now this! It’s even better. The book and review is right at the top and splashed all over their website. It will also appear in their magazine this week. This publication (the paper one) goes out to publishing houses, libraries, book distributors, newspaperes, bookstores and anyone connected to the book buying industry.
Right now, it is 8:45 am. We are probably the only ones that have read this. (OK, so we are still naive!) We knew it was coming, just not the scope of the promotion. We don’t know where this will go but we are enjoying the moment. More on this later.
From two smiling people,
Jan and Ed