A First Review

A quick stop into the local book store this evening was quite an emotional thing for me. I had heard from a friend that my book was mentioned in Atlantic Books Today— a free publication which reviews some of the books published in Atlantic Canada. She mentioned that there was a review there but I figured since the book isn’t out yet that it was just a blurb about it— but she was right. There it was, someone writing about my book, someone who had already read it. You see there’s this thing called advanced reading copies that get sent out to various sales reps and reviewers before the book even comes out. (I really have a lot to learn about all this.) This good news is the review was a good one!!! I was on cloud nine. Sure is great to have someone say something nice about something you’ve written, I mean someone who doesn’t know you. (If you know what I mean.)

My husband and I stood in the bookstore both reading the review, wondering if we should snap up all the free copies for family members. But I guess that would kind of defeat the purpose of having it out there in the first place if I took all the copies home… I did take two, however…the ones we were reading. Atlantic Books Today even mentions that the launch is at the East Dalhousie Community Centre on Oct 25th , which seemed really neat, too. It almost feels as though this book is not just mine but the community’s as well.

I am constantly amazed at this whole process. All I can say is Wow!!

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  1. That’s so cool, Laura! What a neat feeling to see a surprise review, especially a positive one! I’d probably be tempted to take the whole stack, too. 🙂


  2. newtowritinggirl

     /  September 21, 2009

    The first of many lets hope!


  3. Congratulations! I hope you’re keeping a scrapbook. Good reviews, announcements about readings and book release/launch info will be fun to look back on in later years when you’re a successful multi-published author. 🙂


  4. Congrats. A scrapbook is a great idea.


  5. I’m so glad your’re blogging about this whole process. It gives me a glimpse of what might be in my future … no, strike that … what WILL be in my future. I had very little idea of the steps until I started reading your posts.


    • I admit I’m about as uneducated about the whole process as one could be and it’s been a real learning experience. There’s so many things no one ever mentions I also suspect however, that each publishing house does things a bit differently but I’m sure there are also some similarities.. I sometimes stop and think..What have I got myself into? Writing is one thing and all the other stuff…..Hmmmm Not not quite sure what to think.

      And you are right this WILL be in your future!


  6. That’s fantastic, laura!

    Can you post the review? I would love to read it if you think it’s allowed and not going too far. Perhaps a line?



    • This first part of the review is a synopsis of the story which is standard, of course. I won’t post it all but I’ll quote a line from it……

      “Pru’s voice is clear and true, and Best captures a sense of time and place in this beautifully-wrought tale.”

      It was nice to have someone who didn’t know me say something positive about the book, if you know what I mean.


  7. donthangupthequill

     /  September 24, 2009

    Laura, that’s wonderful! I’m so excited for you – and I can’t wait to read it!




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