On Kirkus and Pre-Pub Reviews


14 December 2009

In light of the recent announcement that Kirkus Reviews will close down, some wonder whether the pre-pub review is even useful or relevant anymore. Here’s a post at publishingperspectives.com.

According to the writer, Kirkus was known as “the mean one,” relative to Booklist, Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly.  I suppose those of us awaiting pre-pub reviews might breathe a sigh of relief (though no disrespect meant for those losing their jobs over at Kirkus).  Someone asked me recently what I would honestly “want” to see in a review, specifically.  Hmm… I think perhaps it’s like porn, i.e. you know it when you see it.


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