Recognition Programs

Our Recognition Programs reward and support high-quality titles and authors dedicated to reaching their goals. Recognition is the path to success for our bestsellers! 

Recognition Programs
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Level 1:

Editor's Choice

A prerequisite to the Rising Star, the Editor's Choice program recognizes titles with the essential qualities of a professionally published book.

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Level 2:

Rising Star

Providing enhanced opportunities for exposure on local, regional and national levels, Rising Star recognition is awarded to authors with a clearly identified marketing platform and the drive to execute that plan.

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“For me, getting the Editor’s Choice made me feel like I belonged in the process. And the feeling of hitting Rising Star actually gave me the belief that I was a writer, that I had the ability to write and something to contribute to the world.”

Author Joe Courtney

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Benefits & Advantages

These exclusive benefits are reserved for select Recognition Program authors with exceptional books. Benefits are designed to help your book succeed. Depending on which designation your book receives, you can receive the following benefits:


Receiving a Recognition Program designation gives you validation of the quality of your work and message. On a professional level, it communicates that same message to readers and book buyers.


Receiving a designation in one of our Recognition Programs demonstrates your title's editorial quality to literary agents and booksellers, and as a result can help provide you with enhanced opportunities for exposure on local, regional and national levels.


We promote your book through various channels to maximize exposure. Program books are highlighted in our online bookstore, and Rising Star books are publicized through our social media accounts.


Rising Star designation ensures your book is desirable to retailers by registering your softcover in the Booksellers Return Program and providing retailers with industry-standard discounts.

Professional connection

Gain access to more opportunities through our professional connections. We pitch Rising Star books to Barnes & Noble for considered placement within their bookstores.

Goal realization

When you set a goal to reach our top-level designation, you follow a path to success with each level, from Editor's Choice to Rising Star. Once you earn Rising Star, we'll send you a package of marketing and bookselling tips to help you.

How It Works: The Path to Success for Our Bestsellers

Step 1: Purchase a package with eligibility

  • Speak with a publishing consultant to determine which publishing packages include eligibility for the Editor's Choice and Rising Star.

Step 2: Receive an Editorial Evaluation to apply for Editor's Choice

  • By purchasing a publishing package with Editor's Choice eligibility and receiving an Editorial Evaluation, you are automatically considered for this designation by our Editorial Board.

Step 3: Apply for Rising Star

  • Once designated Editor's Choice, you are invited to apply for the Rising Star Program.
  • Our review board considers each application, looking for authors who demonstrate strong marketing knowledge and exhibit the ability and willingness to work with iUniverse to drive book sales.

Congratulations to our program designees:

Uphill One Way

by Raymond L Dykens

Awarded Rising Star 11.2018

Mickey Mantle’s Last Home Run

by Steven A. Falco

Awarded Rising Star 12.2018

The Grand Illusion

by Caralyn Frooman Lipschutz

Awarded Rising Star 2.2019

Check out our bookstore to see more from our Editor's Choice and Rising Star.