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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
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