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iUniverse Recognition Programs

The Editor's Choice, Rising Star, and STAR recognition programs demonstrate 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.

Congratulations to our program designees:

The Story of Bones by Donna Cousins

Donna Cousins
Awarded Rising Star 01/2018

Trail of Madness by Ken Stichter

Ken Stichter
Awarded Rising Star 01/2018

Game-Changing Coach by Mary Fenerty Schumann, Ph.D

Mary Fenerty Schumann, Ph.D
Awarded Rising Star 01/2018

The NetworkSage by Glenna Crooks, Ph.D

Glenna Crooks, Ph.D
Awarded Rising Star 01/2018

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

Benefits and Advantages



Depending on the program you qualify for, benefits of the designations include:

  • STAR Program titles have a rights consultant, similar to traditional publishing houses, who presents STAR titles to international publishers, book clubs, and audio book publishers for their consideration
  • A copy of your Rising Star or STAR title is sent to Barnes & Noble for considered placement within bookstores
  • Exclusive placement in select sections of the iUniverse online bookstore
  • Respective logo placed on your book's back cover and next to your title in the iUniverse online bookstore
  • Exclusive access to writing contest opportunities for books in the STAR program
  • Promotion through iUniverse social media

The Entryway to Success for Our Bestsellers

Learn how iUniverse determines the books that earn the distinguished Editor's Choice, Rising Star, and STAR awards.

Learn more about the Editor's Choice Recognition Program


Learn more about the Rising Star Recognition Program


Learn more about the STAR Recognition Program