I Got a Red Star Review in Publisher’s Weekly


Vagabond-Dreams-thumb…well I didn’t exactly get a starred review, but my book did.

No one evaluated me as a person (…and I’m sure if they did, they’d expel me as a bad influence…).

Although they did refer to me as “a powerful new voice in creative nonfiction.” Which I thought was kinda nice.

But yeah, Vagabond Dreams got the red star.

According to their website, “Starred reviews are given to books that are outstanding in their genre.” I only saw a handful in their December 24, 2012 issue, so I guess someone liked it.

To be honest, I had no idea about any of this stuff. I just write. But I poked around on Google, and I saw people saying stuff like “a coveted Red Star review” and “a red star is one of the industry’s highest honors”.

So I’ve decided to take that as an excuse to raise a glass or two of something bubbly. Won’t you join me?

The review is a quick read if you’d like to check it out.

For those of you who don’t know, Publisher’s Weekly is THE industry trade magazine. It’s read by publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents. And it’s probably the most important book review magazine in North America.

So yeah, I guess that’s progress.

I hope you had a great xmas holiday. Here’s to making your dreams come true in 2013.

About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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