Cover Story; or, How My Book Got Featured in U.S. News and World Report

August 2006
by Maggie Anton Parkhurst

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I first got the feeling that
something odd was happening with my historical novel, Rashi’s Daughters: Book
One—Joheved, on Monday, March 6, 2006, when I checked my
Web site and saw that the number of hits was twice the usual amount. And the
visitors weren’t from an area where I’d spoken recently, but from all over the
country. Intrigued, I logged onto Amazon. Sure enough, my ranking had gotten
significantly higher.


The next morning my Web site was
getting hits like never before, and Amazon had my book in the top 1,000 for the
first time ever. What the heck was going on?


The answer came a couple of hours
later when I got a phone call from Sharon Goldinger, the consultant who
shepherded me through the publishing maze. This normally unflappable woman was
very excited. Sitting in her car in Borders’ parking lot, she had just opened
the current issue of U.S.
News & World Report to read the cover story about changes in
book publishing. When she thumbed through to the article, a color photo of Rashi’s Daughters
with the caption, “Girl Power: With critical kudos, a little literary novel
from a small house can do quite nicely,” was staring back at her. It took up at
least a third of the article’s first page.


I was as astonished as Sharon. I
had no idea how the first book from Banot Press, the publishing company my
husband and I started las…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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