A Suspicious Review
The Amazon reviews are appearing. People have had time to read the book now that it's been out for almost two weeks. Here's one that stood out for me. A former competitor read the book and LOVED it. She loved it so much that she wrote an ad for her company on The Ivy Chronicles page of Amazon. I'd complain, but she gave the book five stars and called me a brilliant writer. Still, I feel so used.
Kudos from the real thing: MANHATTAN PRIVATE SCHOOL ADVISORS, February 12, 2005
Amanda B. Uhry "avid reader 777" (New York, NY United States) - See all my reviews
Karen Quinn, whomever you are I cannot believe what you have done for our business, MANHATTAN PRIVATE SCHOOL ADVISORS (www.privateschooladvisors.com). People read your book and call us by page 50.
Scary but true, I am your book's protagonist (aside from the fact that I am NOTHING like her and nor are our firm's many many many clients). But the preschool and continuing school scene in New York you paint such a well written picture of is such a mirror image. Thank you for the boost! Your book hit like a tsunami among thousands of parents and you're a brilliant writer to boot.
Read this on. You will laugh, you will cry, you will freak out (if you are one of these parents) and you will call us for help. What a great read this is from the inside, I must say.
MAHATTAN PRIVATE SCHOOL ADVISORS
The real thing.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Just a quick note because there's a bottle of wine waiting for me in the fridge. Don't worry, I'm not drinking the whole bottle, just a glass or two. The book came out Jan. 31 and I had a wonderful event at The Corner Bookstore, a tiny store where employees know every book and the owners live upstairs. It feels like The Little Shop Around the Corner, warm and comfortable the moment you walk inside. We packed the store with friends and family. The love and support was palpable. Everyone laughed at my jokes, ate the chopped liver I brought, and I reveled in the attention. The next week, there was another reading at Barnes & Noble. The ambiance was different, but so many people I adore were there. My friends have been so amazing and supportive. It's good when people get to express their love and admiration for you before your funeral. Seriously, much better for this to happen when you're still alive. Yesterday I was in Boston at a wonderful store called Brookline Booksmith. Another cozy place. Customers brought their dogs. Salespeople smile at you. A bag lady came to my talk and fell asleep, snoring through my presentation. I'm not sure if she was an actual bag lady, but she carried lots of bags. The snoring just added to the overall charm, I think. Anyway, next week is Chicago, LA, and San Francisco. The week after is Denver and Dallas. Then, most of the travel for The Ivy Chronicles will be complete. Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a bottle of wine with my name on it.
Thursday, February 10, 2005