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Critical Reviews Matter
A Kirkus Indie Review Success Story
After reading about the breakthrough success stories of, then, independent authors, E.L. James and Amanda Hopkins, I knew I wanted to self-publish my debut novel, Love Sick. Filled with inspiration and get-up-and-go, I gleefully thought— “I can do it too!” So I did my research, made a plan and set out to go solo. Besides, I felt I ...
Boost to Publishing Strategy
A Kirkus Indie Review Success Story
My debut trilogy had been edited but never critically reviewed and I felt extremely vulnerable when I submitted my book for review. My publicist coached me to have thick skin, but still, it was a tense time for me. It helped to know that I didn’t have to publish any Kirkus review I didn’t like. To my utter relief, I ...
A Risk That Paid Off
A Kirkus Indie Review Success Story
I had written an award-winning Christian children's book, now what? I needed to get reviews on my inspirational fish “tail” in spite of the top placements it had received. Having book awards was simply not enough by way of industry recognition.  In doing research, I realized getting a Kirkus review would be helpful...yet I was very nervous ...
Elizabeth Lennox
An early adopter reveals the secrets of her success as an indie writer
Bestselling indie author Elizabeth Lennox was one of the early adopters of the e-book format. To date, she has written over 80 books and sold over 1.7 million copies. Her free novellas have been downloaded over 2.9 million times since 2013. Lennox lives in Virginia with her husband and two children, just outside of Washington, D.C. Her ...
A High Intellectual
I am the author of a debut yet-to-be published debut novel, The Speed of Life, submitted to Kirkus in manuscript for review on January 29, 2016.  I’ve been invited by Kirkus to write a short essay about my experience.  I’ve accepted that invitation, hoping what I say may help others.    Before I submitted my manuscript for review, my ...