Here comes the Kirkus; the Kirkus is in town!
I don’t plan on doing a lot of advertising for this novel. When dollars are scarce (and what writer doesn’t have that problem?), an indie author must be very careful about where they’re spent. Kirkus has long been one of the most reputable providers of independent reviews of books for established publishers, and they now offer reviews of indie and self-published books. A good review from Kirkus can go a long way in bolstering a book’s promotional efforts. A bad review can kill sales. A starred review can, I’ve heard, get the book noticed by other industry professionals.
And they’re honest. Kirkus makes it clear when an author gets ready to purchase a review that you can’t buy a good review for any amount of money. The assessment of the submitted book is up to the reviewer, and the reviewers are presented as experienced professionals who work within specific literary genres.
So here’s my chance to get an unbiased assessment of Curtain Calls, at least on a literary level, although that’s not really why I opted for this service. I will always believe in the story that drives Curtain Calls, as well as the writing within. This is a marketing decision, pure and simple. A good review may separate my novel from the thousands of other indie-pub books released each month, and improve sales. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the next few weeks.
Oh, here comes the Kirkus; It’s the greatest show around. (I hope.)