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message 1: by Luke (new)

Luke Gracias | 3 comments Hi All

I was hoping to get some views on the pros and cons of getting a Kirkus review on your book.
I was also keen to know if any of you had used any of their marketing program and comments on value for money.
I am seriously considering submitting my debut novel. I would love some advice from someone who has gone down this path before.

Thanks in Advance


message 2: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere I don't even know what that is and I wouldn't read a book just because it has a kirkis tag


message 3: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Milos | 4 comments Hello. One of my author friends Adam Dreece got a Kirkus review, check out his experience here: http://adamdreece.com/2016/06/27/was-...


message 4: by Luke (new)

Luke Gracias | 3 comments Catherine wrote: "Hello. One of my author friends Adam Dreece got a Kirkus review, check out his experience here: http://adamdreece.com/2016/06/27/was-..."
Thank you so much Catherine, That article was really worth reading.


message 5: by Ashley (new)

Ashley | 4 comments Luke wrote: "Catherine wrote: "Hello. One of my author friends Adam Dreece got a Kirkus review, check out his experience here: http://adamdreece.com/2016/06/27/was-......"

I hadn't heard of Kirkus till recently and this is the first positive review I've read about their service.

For a counter-narrative:

http://loganlo.com/2012/07/my-experie...

http://www.ilsajbick.com/?p=2527

https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thre...

http://selfpublishingadvice.org/publi...

http://www.msauret.com/kirkus-reviews...


message 6: by Andrea (last edited Sep 20, 2017 03:37PM) (new)

Andrea Lundgren | 3 comments I think Kirkus definitely has its place, as editorial reviews provide some great, succinct comments that you can use in your marketing campaigns, to where it isn't just you saying "Look, my book is amazing! Read it!"

But I do think there are more affordable options, and I don't know that the Kirkus "name" means enough to make people it. Provided you're working with a third party group that is unbiased and accountable, with reviews posted publicly, I think readers will take the comments and pair it with the rest of your book's presentation (cover, blurb, reviews, etc.) to make their decision of whether to read it or not.

And I think there are better options out there, including the editorial reviews available here https://ryanlanz.com/advertise-your-b.... They cost far less, and actually provide positives as well as negatives and a "star rating," which Kirkus doesn't do. Kirkus pretty much just describes the book and leaves it at that.


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