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, BN.com, 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.