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NEW YORK, NY, February 15, 2012 — After being associated with editorial excellence for almost 80 years, Kirkus has unveiled a new book editing division to offer unpublished and self-published authors access to the publishing industry’s top editors.

“Kirkus Editorial is the only program of its kind—unpublished and self-published authors can go online, learn about and order the editorial work most appropriate for their project, upload their manuscript and, within weeks, get feedback and corrections from editors who have worked on books published by the likes of Knopf, Viking and Farrar, Straus and Giroux,” said Meg Kuehn, COO of Kirkus. “Authors are even able to track their project through each step of the editing process using Kirkus’ proprietary management system.”   

The book editing division was inspired by the success of Kirkus Indie, the company’s review program for self-publishers, which has been instrumental in the success of hundreds of independent authors, including Darcie Chan, who sold more than 500,000 copies of her novel, The Mill River Recluse.  “Offering book editing services is a natural extension of our brand,” says Kuehn. “We’ve been notorious for our high editorial standards for decades, and our success working with independent authors in the Kirkus Indie program paved the way for new author services that serve this fast-growing segment of the industry.”

Kirkus Editorial’s services include collaborative editing, copyediting, proofreading and promotional copywriting. The services have no strings attached—authors can use the editorial services to strengthen a manuscript before submitting it to agents and publishers, to ensure a self-published book is edited to the same standard as those produced by the major houses or to improve their craft privately.

In order for editors to qualify for Kirkus’ program, they must have experience working with one or more of the industry’s top publishers. Kirkus Editorial defines the “top publishers” as the big six (Random House, Penguin, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and HarperCollins), award-winning independent presses, such as Graywolf, Kensington and Abrams, and otherwise notable genre publishers, such as Harlequin. If an editor’s portfolio meets Kirkus’ discriminating standards, he or she is invited to complete a test, which Kirkus uses to evaluate skill level.

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About Kirkus Media LLC

Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been an authoritative voice in book discovery for almost 80 years. Kirkus Reviews magazine gives industry professionals a sneak peek at the most notable books being published weeks before they’re released. When the books become available for purchase, Kirkus serves the reviews to consumers in a weekly email newsletter and on, giving readers unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust.  

Kirkus also has a full suite of author services, including Kirkus Indie, a review service for self-publishers, Kirkus Editorial, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, and Kirkus Marketing, services that help authors get discovered by consumers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. For more information, visit

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