Buzz Books 2013 is the holy grail of book selections. Each year, more than 60,000 new books are published and the Book Buzz chooses only 40 titles to feature. That’s means less than one-tenth of one percent (0.07%) make the cut!
RebeccaMusser.com is very honored (and proud…and SUPER EXCITED) to announce that The Witness Wore Red not only made the cut, but Rebecca’s memoir was even mentioned on the back cover of the book, along with new books by Elizabeth Gilbert, Sue Grafton, Wally Lamb, Chang-rae Lee, Jonathan Letham, and Amy Tan.
Buzz Books 2013 says:
“For book-lovers looking to discover their “next great read,” Buzz Books 2013 is a treasure-trove of what readers value the most: substantial excerpts from a curated selection of dozens of the most highly-touted books scheduled for publication this fall and winter. Think of it as a compilation of 40 great “singles,” or a special issue of your favorite literary magazine – if only they could land these top authors all at once.
It’s another exciting season of new books ahead. Readers will find their way to many of the books previewed here and others yet to be discovered. To help you sift through the many thousands of fall and winter titles, we’ve selected what we think are among the most noteworthy literary, commercial, and breakout titles.”
If the Buzz Books 2013 is the holy grail of book selections, then the Book Expo America is definitely the publishing world’s Mecca. And yes, Rebecca’s book was featured there too along side the other 39 titles selected at this summer’s convention in New York City. This is all very promising news for The Witness Wore Red. We hope you are getting excited about this book too!
There’s more great news! Buzz Books 2013 features a summary and one chapter excerpt of The Witness Wore Red, and you can download it by going to PublishersMarket.com or by clicking the picture of the book above. Last but not least, did I mention it’s a FREE DOWNLOAD?!?
We sat down with Rebecca Musser to talk to her about Buzz Books 2013 and the Book Expo America. Here’s what she had to say:
First and foremost…CONGRATULATIONS, and WOW! What do you think about being selected for the Book Buzz and BEA this year?
When I first found out The Witness Wore Red was going to be featured, I didn’t really understand the sheer magnitude of it all. After speaking more with my publishers, I have been extremely humbled by the selection and feel very thankful my personal experience has been so well received. I truly believe this is not the story of one woman, but it is the story of millions of people that I hope my personal experience can help open up one person at a time.
I know their are lots of great memoirs, but from my experience, the truly great memoirs aren’t just a documentation of facts. They carry an important underlying message. What message does your story carry?
The message of my story is one of hope and the essence of possibility. It examines the resiliency of the human spirit and bears witness that real change is possible when we act boldly despite the ferocity of the obstacles life has set before us. My story was an impossibility that happened, and it did not happen accidentally.
What do you hope readers take away from your story?
I want people to know there is freedom from bondage, and just as I jumped a fence to escape from my prison, people can choose and act to jump their fences too. And, I want people to know you don’t just jump that fence once and find yourself in the sunshine of eternal bliss. Stories like that are best left for fairy tales. My story accepts and faces the constant struggles and pain, and the overcoming of them by having the courage to jump the fence daily. I’ve learned much about the healing process. This book is not about easy, glamorous fixes. It is about a real and tangible path of healing that all people can walk.
Why do you think The Witness Wore Red was selected for this important literary recognition?
I think the story was selected because it is authentic and raw. I spoke from the depths of my heart and faced the darkness I so badly wanted to forget or ignore. I do not glamorize the good, nor do I sugar-coat the bad. I believe people are hungry for authenticity and are tired of reading the airy fairy things we want to be true. This book takes life just as it is, and yet, it somehow manages to wield it into the healing we all seek. I believe this story transcends my personal experience and will inspire the hearts of those who read it. That’s why it was written and I believe that is why it is receiving attention.
Can we expect to see you in any media outlets soon?
Yes, you can. I will be doing a media tour when the book releases this year in September. There’s lots of exciting things in the works. Next week, The Witness Wore Red will be featured in a major magazine publication and September holds exciting coverage in print and media, including a major television special. Those things are in the works, so I don’t want to mention specifics yet, but you can stay tuned for all this and more.
Where can we find out more about you and your story?
You can find out more about me, my story and my foundation at RebeccaMusser.com. I am also very active on Facebook and Twitter, so I hope people who are interested in my story will connect with me on a regular basis. I currently have a Signed-Copy Giveaway, where I am giving away a signed copy of The Witness Wore Red every week. You can get details about that on my website or Facebook Page.
Rebecca, thank you for your time and congratulations again.
Thank you so much!