WHAT AUTHORS SAY


“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.”
 —Darice Chan, independent author of The Mill River Recluse, which sold more than 600,000 copies
 Read more about Darice’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

”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

“Kirkus‘ advertising program helped me draw additional attention to my books. In August, 2012, Identity Films, Hollywood, optioned The Gaia Wars series for film.”
—Kenneth Bennett, author of The Gaia Wars
Read more about Kenneth’s deal in Variety >

“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

“We've run a number of different promotional activities in connection with the book and I must say that the promotion we ran with you delivered the highest dividends.”
— Tae Kim, author of War with Pigeons

“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

“You found me the perfect editor, and this novel is now what I wanted it to be.”
—Robin Martin, author of The Hiding Place Girl

“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

“In this burgeoning eBook marketplace, if your book doesn’t stand out then it will die slowly and silently. You must stand out. Kirkus Indie Reviews and Kirkus Advertising are the easiest and most cost-effective ways to get noticed. I made use of them and now I have national attention.”
—Adam Connell, author of Lay Saints

“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 

“My greatest period of sales to date occurred during the 2 weeks I advertised on the Kirkus website. The Kirkus staff was extremely helpful throughout the process and worked very well with my graphic artist. The Kirkus star also gave me a personal boost in that it provided an independent validation of my first effort in the publishing world. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Kirkus. My advice for someone who is thinking about submitting their work for a Kirkus review: Do it. Make sure you have a good editor and proofreader (not yourself) and give it a thorough, honest scrub first, but take the plunge.”
—Daniel Rich, author of Project Gitmo

“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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WHAT AUTHORS SAY ABOUT KIRKUS INDIE REVIEWS


“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.”
 —Darice Chan, independent author of The Mill River Recluse, which sold more than 600,000 copies
 Read more about Darice’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

”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