KIRKUS AUTHOR EXPERIENCES

Kirkus Got my Book Noticed
After over 20 years sending work to literary magazines and winning prizes for my stories and novel in progress, I still didn’t have an agent. I was not getting any younger. On New Year’s Eve 2013, I vowed that, come hell or high water, I would find a publisher. Rather than self-publish, I approached independent presses. Soon, I had three ...
A Review Service that Improves the Standards of Publishing
When a Kirkus reviewer wrote about my book Graveyard Grapevine:“Death comes in many guises and registers—tragic, comic, ironic—in these mordantly entertaining stories,”I glowed at the thought that the reviewer had understood my intentions perfectly. My idea had been to implement, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, a variety of approaches to something the vast majority of those of us still ...
An Essential Stepping Stone to a Captive Audience
I plunged into the world of self-publishing in 2012 after many years of frustrating encounters and near successes with the traditional publishing industry’s arcane system. I hired a well-respected editor to polish the manuscript of my adult novel and won numerous awards in national writing contests. But I continued to accumulate those dreaded rejection letters, many with lovely, encouraging words ...
Kirkus Gave Me the Perfect Tagline
“A good old-fashioned Texas tale with a twist” was the first line of my Kirkus review. With that, the reviewer not only gifted me with a great review, but a great tagline that I haven’t hesitated to quote often in descriptions, interviews, and book marketing. When I read that line, I knew the reviewer got me as an author and ...
Nothing Risked, Nothing Gained
The Visitor’s Choice: A Search to Make Things Right is my first published novel. After a year of rejection letters and emails from publishers and literary agents, a small press from my home state of Michigan finally reached out and offered to work with me on this project. Becoming a published author was a goal of mine since elementary school ...
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