How to Get Your Book Reviewed


    Request a review by simply clicking the Get Started link. You'll provide as much information as possible about your book, choose whether you want to send us a printed (mailed) or digital (uploaded) submission, select either standard service (7-9 weeks) or express service (4-6 weeks) and pay for your review (standard service $425, express service $575). When you submit your order, you'll get a response from the Kirkus Indie team confirming receipt of your request.


    If you selected the printed submission type on the order form, you'll send two copies of your published book or completed manuscript to the Kirkus Indie office in New York. (The address is provided on the order form.) If you selected the digital submission option on the order form, you will upload a PDF or Microsoft Word document of your completed manuscript. (You will be directed to a page with detailed instructions for this upload after placing your order. The uploading instructions will also be emailed to you.)


    Upon receipt of your book or manuscript, our editor will assign your project to a qualified reviewer who will read the complete book and write a full review (approximately 250-350 words). Our reviewers include librarians, business executives, journalists from national publications, PhDs in religion and literature, creative executives in entertainment and publishing industries as well as other professional reviewers.


    Kirkus Indie will notify you via email that your review is ready, and you will click the link in the email to go to your author dashboard, where you can download the review. At that point you may choose to keep it private or publish it on our website (at no extra charge). If you choose to keep it private, it will never see the light of day. If you decide to publish the review on our site, you may use it any way you choose—on the back cover of your book, in marketing collateral, on your website or in a letter to an agent or publisher.


    If you choose to publish your review on our website, we will distribute it to our licensees, including Google,, Ingram, Baker & Taylor and more. On top of that, our editors will consider it for publication in Kirkus Reviews magazine, which is read by librarians, booksellers, publishers, agents, journalists and entertainment executives. Your review may also be selected to be featured in our email newsletter, which is distributed to more than 50,000 industry professionals and consumers.


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“The starred review I received from Kirkus won the attention of both my agents, film and literary, which in turn has led to a fantastic publishing deal in North-America, the sale of foreign rights in several countries, as well as a film option with one of Hollywood’s major studios.”
— Sylvain Neuvel, author of The Themis Files

“Kirkus’ review of The Mill River Recluse played an important role in encouraging readers to take a chance on a first novel by an unknown author.”
 —Darcie Chan, independent author of The Mill River Recluse, which sold more than 600,000 copies
 Read more about Darcie’s success in the Wall Street Journal >

“Kirkus definitely played a major role in making this happen!”
— James Bannon, author of I2, when his novel hit #1 on Kindle‘s best-selling fiction list and #1 in overall Kindle downloads

”When I sought a review for my book I was selective in choosing what I thought was a highly regarded and fair source. Noted for being thorough, unbiased and a “tough critic,” I knew if I received a positive review from Kirkus it would open doors to new possibilities. It didn’t take long before that started to occur. Thank you for opening the world’s eyes to otherwise unknown authors. We are making a difference and paving the way to the future of publishing.”
—Lori St John, author of The Corruption of Innocence

”Thanks to Kirkus’ review, we have seen a dramatic surge in sales and an increase in both bookstore and publisher interest. Kirkus' reputation as a credible, unbiased reviewer has made all the difference. This has been the best investment we have made.”
—Janet and Ed Howle, authors of The Long Road to Paris

“Getting a positive review from Kirkus gave me a huge boost in my search for a literary agent. After amending the opening sentence of my query letter to reference my Kirkus review, I noticed a dramatic increase in the attention I was receiving from agencies. Less than two months later, I had my agent!"
— Anderson O’Donnell, author of Kingdom

“Receiving my Kirkus review was one of the most validating and moving moments of my life. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants an honest, thorough, careful evaluation of their work.”
— Carolyn Nash, author of Raising Abel

“The endorsement gave consumers a meaningful recommendation that they could trust.”
—Guy Kawasaki, bestselling author of 10 books, including Enchantment and The Art of the Start, as well as the self-publishing guide APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Your indie review service provides a beacon in a black shroud, putting a spotlight on worthy books that may not otherwise be as visible because they've taken the indie passage.”
— Jesse Leong, author of Expanagrams

“Recognition from Kirkus really opened doors for me. Suddenly I was a Kirkus-acclaimed author, which sold books, led to other reviews as well as feature articles, made it much easier for me to book author events, and left me well positioned for my sequel.”
— Steven Drachman, author of The Ghosts of Watts O’Hugh

“Everything started with the Kirkus review. It gave me instant credibility.”
— Deborah Henry, author of The Whipping Club

“My Kirkus review arrived sooner than I had anticipated. As I read the review I realized and appreciated the professionalism of the review. The accuracy, in-depth knowledge, fairness and honesty in describing my book succinctly summarized in a paragraph took me by surprise and I found myself sitting in my chair for several minutes thinking about what I had just read. I then thought to myself, what a great service this is, what better assurance could I offer my readership than a review written by Kirkus Reviews? They provide a valuable service to authors and readers, and I will willingly use their service again for my second book.”
— James Lythgoe, author of The Golf Swing: It's All in the Hands

“Kirkus Reviews has been an instrumental part of the success of my book, A Father's Angels.  As one of Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 Indie book selections, numerous doors have now opened in the traditional publishing industry.  This was one of the best strategic decisions I made as a self-published author.”
—John Waldron, author of A Father's Angel

“As a first time novelist, it was extremely important to me that I set the right expectation for my book, Songs for the New Depression.  I wanted people know that it was both quality, in terms of substance, and LGBT-themed.  Prior to publication, I approached only two sources for reviews, Kirkus Indie, known as the 'World's Toughest Book Critics', and The Advocate magazine, given its name recognition in the LGBT community.  Happily, I was able to use these two terrific reviews in pre-publicity, on the jacket cover and in marketing materials, which helped establish an immediate audience for the novel.  With my forthcoming title, I plan to do the same.”
—Kergan Edwards-Stout, author of Songs for the New Depression 

“As you know, it's always hard to say whether a particular review helps sell books. But the Kirkus review (IMO) was crucial to legitimizing my author-published book and bringing it to the attention of libraries. Interestingly, nobody seems to notice that it is an "indie" review- they do notice, though, that it's a starred review from the "notoriously unpleaseable Kirkus!" as one reader exclaimed. I've been around this business long enough to know just how important it is."
—Susan Albert Wittig, author of A Wilder Rose