Publisher’s Weekly Has Reviewed My Book

Just as in Hollywood, the book publishing industry has a process of reviewing new books and authors and then telling others what they think.  There are four big book industry trade journals - Publisher’s Weekly (PW) being the biggest.

“ You’ve probably never read these magazines, even if you’ve seen their names on book jackets. But they’re helping determine what you read. Together, they make up the big four of book industry trade journals, aimed at publishing insiders: newspaper and magazine editors, bookstore and library book-buyers, literary agents, and film industry types scanning them for movie rights.” – Adell Waldman

PW’s review are anonymous and mostly written by freelancers; they review about 10,000 books a year and folks in the industry pay an annual subscription to read those reviews.

As an author, you can submit your book, but nothing guarantees your book will be chosen for review. As an self-published author, it is RARER still that I would get a review.  (If you hadn’t heard, I was picked up by Morgan James Publishing and my book will be re-released on May 2nd). 

But like most hopeful authors I submitted my book despite the odds and was chosen.  It isn’t all hearts and flowers - there is some good advice I will use to hone my writing skills.  For the most part however, it is a strong review. Highlights are below, but you can read the entire review here. I’m not going to hide it because as with my book and my life, everything has a lesson to teach you if you are willing to see it.  The key to seeing those life lessons is to not take things personally. 


“Coken’s debut memoir provides a close-up and, at times, funny view of dealing with the illness and death of her mother while her own life continued on…..The relatable content and all-too-familiar story line make this an easy book to engage with, though, and Coken’s honesty is genuine. Those who take the time to journey with Coken will likely find comfort and a lesson at the end, much as she found through her experiences.”

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