Kirkus Reviews is the undisputed king of book reviewers. Bookstores, libraries, and buyers all rely on the reputation and prestige of Kirkus. For indie publishers, you have to pay a hefty fee to get a Kirkus review (and that’s a necessary thing, otherwise they’d be swamped with crappy books) and you are certainly not guaranteed a favorable review. Well, my newest book, Willoughby’s World of Wonder, got an amazing review from them. The reviewer really “got” the book, and it was a glowing review. I was really happy with that, and I thought that was it. It was over, now I use the Kirkus review in my PR.
Then I got an email recently, informing me that Willoughby’s was selected to be included in their monthly print magazine, Kirkus Review! It is quite an honor! Less than 10% of all reviewed books get included in the magazine. I am super happy and grateful that Kirkus chose my book for this feature. I am really pushing Willoughby’s to get into indie bookstores, and this will really help. Thanks Kirkus!
Check out the book trailer for Willoughby’s: