Speaking as a former librarian (who used to buy books and answer questions for a living), I can tell you that Kirkus has always been primarily for the library and bookstore buyers, not for individual readers. And that most libraries and bookstores are still leery of indie published books which haven’t jumped through a lot of other hoops besides one paid review/advertisement in Kirkus (or PW, for that matter). Librarians know that those indie book reviews are paid for, and that puts up a red flag for most of them before they even read one.
Reviews are unpaid. A good review means the reviewer genuinely likes the book. Indie Bookroom is supported financially by affiliate links. Authors and publishers can also pay to have books placed in the Featured Books display on the main page, but even these are only eligible pending a positive evaluation by Indie Bookroom reviewers. These overall policies will help monetize (and thus pay for) the site, while at the same time maintaining its integrity so that readers can be confident that what is being promoted is quality.
Indie Book Review: A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones
I’ll add the new podler and see if they want to post to Latest Indie Book reviews. Bit pressed for time at the moment but I’ll be adding your review a little later today. I also have about 15 reviewers to add. Never enough time in a day…