KIRKUS AUTHOR EXPERIENCES

A Domino Effect of Good Exposure
When perusing through a bookstore, glancing over a friend’s collection, or scrolling aimlessly on a site for bibliophiles, it is typically that clever title or unique cover that first grabs one’s attention. And if that front cover makes the desired impression, the potential reader will likely make that crucial flip to check out the back cover where the author is ...
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 ...
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