In the publishing world, a Kirkus review by an unbiased, professional reviewer gives a book more credibility than Amazon reviews from friends and family. In business since 1933, Kirkus has a reputation for independence and frankness. In 2005, Kirkus began reviewing self-published books, holding them to the same high standards as major publishing houses. A Kirkus Review gives the author a chance to earn honest, critical acclaim.
Thus, authors are encouraged to request such reviews. I submitted A Long Awakening to Grace. Below is the review I received:
“A mother strengthens her faith over a lifetime of heartache in this spiritual account of recovery and acceptance. … An unflinching portrait of one family’s struggles and a mother’s boundaries that should appeal to memoir lovers.” ~Kirkus Review
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