Friday, March 6, 2015

Mom's Doing the Happy Dance

Really - she should close the curtains first.

Mom picked up the mail and there was Kirkus Reviews Magazine. Kirkus Reviews, along with the (London) Times Literary Supplement is considered the gold standard for serious authors, and readers who care about serious books. One of her good friend's dad is a University Professor and he always subscribed to it (it's not an inexpensive magazine). Mom says they are known to be fair but brutally honest - especially on new and Indie authors. Some writers told her not to let them review The Book of Barkley, but she did - trying to spread that story beyond the pages of a blog and amazon and hoping that would lend her some "literary cred" as more than a scientist who blogs.

They put it as an Indie Book of the Day in January on their website, saying how much they loved it, and she was so happy.  But she knew, that less than 10% of the books they review end up ever in their magazine. The selections are 100% at their editors discretion, and they typically choose the strongest reviews in a variety of genres,

So when she opened up the February 15 issue today - there was happy dancing going on. 
I'm going to act like I'm super excited and dance with her and maybe she'll give me an extra treat!


  1. What wonderful news for your Mom, Abby! I hope you got a couple extra treats today! And tell her "thanks" for supporting DFW Lab Rescue this month too. I've met one of their folks at the local dog park.

  2. How cool is that! Congrats
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  3. Congrats to yer Momma!! Dat is definitely worth da Happy Dance!!!

  4. Smiling all over myself - I love that Barkley and his Mom have done so very well and continue to help with the worthy cause of rescue... Tears and smiles, all at once.

    Cap'n Jan

  5. Often, books worth reading do not get the attention they deserve ! I am really glad that Barkley's book (and of course, your own) is getting as many humans to read it as it is, and that it is the recipient of critical acclaim !

  6. Wow, that is very impressive! You should be proud of your mom! Congrats and we think it is worth MANY more treats!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. Monkeywranger - I got the book today. That is JUST so cool, and in great shape for being almost 60 years old. That was a wonderful surprise!.

    IdahoPugRanch - thanks and your UPS guy should be delivering yours any time now.

    FinleytheWestie - thank you so much!

    Whitley Westie - Ditto!

    Cap'n Jan - you were part of that journey and I'm glad you got to know him a bit before he left us.

    Janeof Virginia - indeed, and had I not read your books, I'd likely not been brave enough to try it. Thank you for being an inspiration.

    Murphy - Abby got some more treats, and she was quite happy to see her Dad after being away from him two weeks for work travel.

  8. Yay!!!! Congrats - that is a huge accomplishment!


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