The word I hear most often associated with Kirkus Reviews is "harsh" so it was with some trepidation that I sent my baby off for its first assessment by a professional reviewer. I received the review this week and I must say I'm pleased!
Kirkus Reviews says of The Sense of Death: "A frighteningly meticulous villain and a formidable protagonist will have readers breezing through the pages."
You can read the full Kirkus review here, or click here to see what Amazon readers are saying!
I was interested to see what parts of the story the reviewer felt did and didn't merit mention--useful information to know as I work on the sequel. What are your thoughts?
If you've read The Sense of Death, what was especially memorable for you?
If you haven't read it, what part of the Kirkus most piques your interest?
Spent an informative day on June 28 at the Mystery Writers of America workshop in Philadelphia and had the good fortune to sit next to a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who was covering the event and who won my eternal gratitude by spelling my name right in his article--click here to read!
If I hadn't been taken by surprise by his request for an interview, I probably wouldn't have used the phrase "self published" which still carries unsavory "vanity press" connotations for some, or suggests someone who decides in a misguided rush of nostalgia to publish his college-era personal journal. I would instead have used "independently published" to describe the scenario where, as I did, the author / publisher uses experts for cover design, editing, etc. to ensure a high quality product for the reader.
Now I'm working on my PR schtick so I will be better prepared when other such opportunities arise!