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Born in a Treacherous Time Receives an Award

As those who follow my writing progress know, I sent Born in a Treacherous Time to be reviewed by the inimitable Kirkus Reviews. This group, a name in publishing since 1933, reviews about 10,000 books a year. You’ve probably seen their reviews on the back covers of popular novels and online sites. They are a friend to Indie authors, offering affordable 250-300 word reviews that include a general summary of the book as well as an unbiased opinion on the story’s strengths and weaknesses. They never guarantee a good review (you have the option of NOT publishing a review you don’t like)–and for me, that’s their power.

Happily, I received a good review. What I just found out is that Born In a Treacherous Time was chosen as the top 10% of Kirkus Reviews and has been published in their June 2018 print and digital magazine, to be shared with librarians, publishers, agents, and more. Here are a few screenshots of that:

I am honored, and humbled. Sigh.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature collection. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

139 thoughts on “Born in a Treacherous Time Receives an Award

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  9. The idea that people don’t want to read a series that is spaced so widely that the characters in the preceding book are dead is an interesting one. It’s somewhat related tangentially to what happened to a friend of mine. She wrote a second book to an award-winning first and killed off a main character in chapter one. The publisher would have none of that, and she had to resuscitate that character or not publish book two.

    Interesting answers from Reid, and I’ve read her advice before about only querying book one with the idea of a possible series.

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    • I just joined Author Toolbox though already I’m going to miss July. Raimey understands (thank you!). I’m excited to mix it up with you-all. I’ve enjoyed so much the posts I’ve stumbled across in the past.

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  11. Oh that is fantastic. I’m not a really fast reader (like you) so am still reading Born in a Treacherous Time – nearly there! Treacherous it is – and I think I know how its going to end up … 🙂

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  12. Have you been shaken to the ground yet? It’s because I’m jumping up and down so hard that everything is toppling over. I am so thrilled for you, and so proud of you. You worked so hard on this book and you deserve every accolade. Well done, Jacqui, very well done.

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  13. That’s fantastic news Jacqui … so so pleased for you – great to read about – congratulations … and have a very happy weekend! – cheers Hilary

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    • I don’t do a good job of tracking how people find my book. I only sell through Kindle and Amazon doesn’t release seller names/info. Having quotes from a respected reviewer makes promoting the book easier but I don’t really know if it translates to greater sales. I am going to try a paid promotion with Kirkus in July that I hope goes well (for my earlier book, Twenty-four Days). I’ll let you know if that pencils out as worth it.

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  14. I can’t read much of your email because a lot of it is blotted out by the trees. It would be better not to have a background picture.
    Congratualtions on the award, BUT I doubt the value of Kirkus reviews because they are paid for by the writers — they offered a discount recently. I read their pages to see what is coming on to the market and the descriptions of the books are useful, but I turn to book editors’ reviews for opinions. Woudln’t it be better to submit your book to independent publications with respected reviewers, like the NY Times?


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    • Hi Anne–this is what I like about Kirkus. They charge for their time to review the book but don’t guarantee a good review. I know that from personal experience. But this particular award had nothing to do with my review. They take the best reviews they’ve done and highlight them in their magazine for libraries, agents, and others.

      Honestly this is a good service for Indies. The NYT would never give me the time of day–which was the same attitude I got from most agents. I don’t mean that in a nasty way, either–I’m simply not on their radar.

      The blotted out by the trees–the post stream should have a white background, no image at all. Is that not the case in your reader?

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