As many of you may know, a few months ago, famed American book review magazine Kirkus Reviews read The Souls of the Lash and put out a positive review of the book, calling it “a gripping sci-fi Western that ends too soon”.
I was thrilled to see that they liked my latest novel, especially since I never actually thought anything I put out would get much further than a self-published status.
And then, weeks later, I got an email from Kirkus and nearly fainted.
What Is Kirkus Reviews?
Before I get to the big news, I want to share just what Kirkus Reviews is and what they do.
You may have picked up a book in any given store and noticed there were a few snippets of reviews about the story and often, it is a direct quote from a Kirkus Review.
Kirkus Reviews is a magazine that is highly respected among industry professionals. Founded in 1933, it gives libraries, bookstores, publishers, and agents a “sneak peek at the most notable books […] giving [them] unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust.” –Kirkus Reviews
The Big News
So, back to that email I mentioned. In it, I was informed that the review of my latest book, The Souls of the Lash, was selected by their editors to be featured in their August 1st edition!
Why is that so amazing?
Well, for starters, less than 10% are chosen for this, making it a very coveted offer. It cannot be bought, and is a very high honor.
This means that I appeared as one of the 35 reviews in my section that was sent to over 5,000 industry professionals. That’s HUGE! 😀
Plus, check out the theme for this issue!
What An Honor
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to not only receive the news that 5,000+ agents, publishers, bookstores, and libraries will be seeing the highly coveted positive review of my book.
Yes, I know, nothing may come of it. But to be among such a narrowed down group and praised by an esteemed book reviewing company has nonetheless brought great pride and a feeling of accomplishment that no words can describe.
Thank you, everyone at Kirkus Reviews.
A HUGE thank you to my editor, D.W. Vogel. Without you, this wouldn’t have been possible. Not only would Souls and A Grim Trilogy not be, well, anything without you, but I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for you.
And of course, I continue to write, now with renewed vigor, in my dad’s honor. The man who taught me to love books as much as he did, to find the greatest comfort while surrounded by the written word.
I know he’d be so damn proud of me.