Publishers Weekly Reviewed My Book!

I attended and was a presenter at the Business of Writing Summit in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend. As one does at conferences, I met many people and sat in on many classes where I learned a great deal. My brain overfloweth with information! One little piece of info I picked up was to explain writing terms or references to blog readers. This is my goal today. I want to tell you about something positive about my book, Thorns of Rosewood, and explain what it means.

logo-transOn Thursday night I searched the internet for any new activity about my books. I stumbled upon a web-link to Publishers Weekly which noted the magazine had reviewed my book, Thorns of Rosewood. After screaming and jumping up and down with glee, I became completely horrified at what I would find. This iconic writing magazine does not blow smoke and it does not review every book submitted. PW knows books—and they have since 1872. But what is this magazine about, anyway?

Here is the first paragraph from the “about us” tab in Publishers Weekly.

“Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business,” is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. It is targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 8,000 per year.”

Further reading about PW led me to information about how in the ’60s, PW and other reviewers would not review paperback books. They weren’t “real,” I guess. Seems like the argument is as never-ending as, “kids these days,” was about Elvis and the Beetles. Now we argue the validity of digital books, and Indie Publishers. I shrug and sing Doris Day’s, Kay Sera Sera.

“For most of its life, the reviews section did not review books that were self-published, but in 2010, PW introduced a regular supplement called PW Select. The supplement includes book listings, book reviews, author profiles, and news and feature coverage of the self-publishing industry.”

Lucky for me!

I submitted my book for review and actually got one, and it was pretty good. Here it is in itsThorns-smaller entirety:

“In 1974, four women suspected of killing a judge’s wife in the small town of Rosewood, Neb., were set free—but did they get away with murder? Years later, Gloria Larson, editor of the local paper in Rosewood, is curious about what happened to the women—dubbed the “Thorns of Rosewood”—after their release. Gloria becomes more interested in the case when her adoptive parents reveal that her birth mother was from Rosewood and was suspected of murder in 1974. Gloria tracks the four women down, finding them at an assisted-living facility in Lincoln, where she convinces them to tell their story. Despite some plot points that strain credulity, this is an enjoyable and compelling novel. Barlean skillfully renders the book’s small town setting, while the companionship of the women is believable. Gloria and the four Thorns of Rosewood are well-developed characters—and readers will find themselves eager to learn their story.” Review from Publishers Weekly, July, 2014

So, that’s my big news this week, and if you are an Indie author, you may want to consider submitting your book to PW Select for review. It is free to submit, but I do subscribe to the online newsletter as well. Check the links to find out more information about this topic.

18 thoughts on “Publishers Weekly Reviewed My Book!

  1. James Ochsner says:

    Hey, I’ll look for it. I read most PWs from cover to cover at work. Sometimes I get a little behind. I just checked your book out at the library. This was the first chance I had as it’s been checked out 7 times since being added to our collection!

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      What a great thing to hear right before bed! So glad people are reading it. I hope you like it, James! Great to hear from you!

  2. Nice review. That’s a big deal. I’m so happy for you. That has to be a great boost for marketing. Thanks for telling me more about PW. I’ll have to look into it more.

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      Thank you, Carson. Hope you’re enjoying Nashville! Keep taking names out there in the big world!! Proud of you!

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