Hello everyone! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
As I announced over in the news section, the first review for Canidae: The Journey has been published over at Kirkus Reviews. If you haven't had a chance to check out the review for yourself you can take a look at it by following this link.
Overall it seems the folks at Kirkus liked my book, and I feel quite relieved to be honest. I tend to be a little self critical about my work, and throughout the process of writing Canidae: The Journey I was always looking at what I was writing and saying: "This is awful. Why would anyone ever want to read this? I need to make this better. I need to rewrite that entire page. Etc."
That said, Kirkus did point out some issues and flaws that I both agree with and acknowledge. Creating the Canidae was not easy, and even now I still feel that they have too much of a human element in them. I wanted to have some amount of that in order to make them easier for readers to relate to, but I didn't want to be on the opposite end of the spectrum where the canids were so different that it would be difficult to understand them.
I also appreciate that Kirkus pointed out some of the weak spots in my writing. Feedback like this is immensely helpful for writers like myself, and I believe that it will help me avoid repetitive word choice.
That is all for now folks, talk to you again real soon!