Monday, June 11, 2007

Publisher’s Weekly today

Captain’s Log, Supplemental

I’m rather excited because supposedly Publisher’s Weekly is running a review of my book today. Not sure what to expect, just hope it’s a good review. I’m completely honored they’d even review my book in the first place, because they don’t review debut authors very often.

I’ll post as soon as I hear what the review was.

Update: Here it is!

Sushi for One?
Camy Tang. Zondervan, $12.99 paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-27398-1

This perky debut chick lit novel by Tang gently pokes fun at Asian culture and the life of Christian singles. Lex Sakai is a 30-year-old single Asian-American volleyball coach whose control-freak grandmother is determined to fix her up with a man. Lex is more passionate about making a prestigious volleyball team than dating one of her grandmother's candidates. Although a secret in Lex's past makes romance difficult, she has a six-point list from the biblical book of Ephesians detailing the “godly man” she wants. Disaster, of course, is right around the corner. The sassy narrative is solid chick lit, with all the requisite chatter about boobs, yummy food, body type, finding a guy and loser dates. Amid the nice touches of humor are some trouble spots: more food and drink are spilled in the first 100 pages than belong in a whole novel, and Lex's ultimate leading man is a foregone conclusion. The idea that her grandma would penalize Lex's young volleyball team because she doesn't have a boyfriend is a weak plot element. Although some of the content would feel stereotyped if written by a non-Asian (Lex refers to Asians as her “yella-fellas”), it's still refreshing to have Tang's voice in Christian fiction. (Sept.)


  1. I googled the review to find it...congrats on getting featured in Publisher's Weekly, Camy! I am so excited for you to have that publicity!

  2. Are you going to give us a link?

  3. It looks like it's a well-rounded review, Camy, and mostly complimentary! Congratulations (and for what it's worth, I cannot wait to read it!)!

  4. It's sooooo hard to know how these things are gonna go (with PW), and I KNOW your heart fell when you read "trouble spots" (cuz mine totally did!!), but that's their attempt to keep the review fair. Overall, it was very positive, so you should be jazzed! And yeah, they're gonna care more about literary stuff than chick-lit type stuff -- all the "learned readers" do. But the real readers, the ones who want a fun story, love chick lit (and most of the other stories PW often pooh-poohs).

    AWESOME coverage you'll be getting with this. Ride the waves -- don't let the lows bug you, or the highs get you too high. Surf in that middle ground ..... and enjoy every minute.

    : )

  5. pfff i say the more food and drink the better! isn't that all Asians talk about anyways?

    congrats on getting in publisher's weekly though! there's talk about boobs in the book? hehehe. can't wait to read it! (not saying that b/c of the boobs)

  6. I don't have boobs, but I just spilled coffee on myself to make a point. It burns.

  7. Congrats Camy! That is GREAT news. And any press is good press, it gets the word out. They made it sound fun to read...I can't wait!

  8. Congrats, Camy! They did make the book sound like a great read!