I watched this video of Will Smith talking about jumping out of an airplane and realized that this is exactly how I feel when I start a new project.
A few days ago I was surprised to find myself tagged on Facebook by HowDoesShe (a crazy popular website with a huge social media following of 2 million on Facebook).
They had featured my book I Am Sleepless: Sim 299 for their April reads, alongside The Girl Who Drank the Moon (which won the Newbery Award for 2017).
First, I was surprised and honored for the mention. Second, equally surprised and honored to be put alongside the Newbery winner for this year.
To all my librarian friends, I just received an email from Kirkus Reviews letting me know that my book, 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace, will be featured in their upcoming 4/15/17 issue (in the Indie section). Here are a few snippets from the review.
"Intriguing...entertaining...a winning tale...captivating"
(Not too shabby if I say so myself)
For my non-librarian friends who have no idea what I'm talking about, Kirkus is a book review publication sent to librarians, distributors, publishers, and agents. It's one of the places they go to find new books to purchase, or in the case of agents and publishers, new authors to sign.
Apparently, they only feature 10% of the Indie books submitted, so to quote their email, "It's a great honor."
Though, I'm pretty sure they were just trying to butter me up since the second half of the email was spent pitching me on all the marketing and advertising campaigns they have to offer. Still, it's kind of cool to have a book reviewed in an issue of Kirkus.
You can pick up your copy of 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace at http://amzn.to/2ob4abH
**NOTE: The error Kirkus mentioned in the review has since been fixed and updated in the book. Good catch, Kirkus.