WISP Directory Level Criteria

The WISP Indie & Small Press Novel Directory by Soul Inspirationz lists novels and novellas published and meeting one of the following status Levels: Published, ValidatedMerited, Endorsed, or Acclaimed, as determined by validated reviews, endorsements, sales or award nominations.  

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level.1.150

Novels published with the following criteria:

  • Disclosed as being written from a Christian worldview
  • Content or subject material fully disclosed and deemed suitable for one of the following reading levels:
Youth Fiction: Age 8-12
Youth Fiction: Age 12-15
Youth Fiction: Age 15-18
Youth Fiction: Age 18-25
Adult Fiction: Age 12+ suitable for general audiences, with no objectionable material
Adult Fiction: Age 15+ suitable for mature audiences, with no objectionable material
Adult Fiction: Age 18+ suitable for adult audiences, with possible mature themes or subject material

 

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level.2.150

Novels that meet Level 1 (Published) status along with at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • The title has achieved a minimum of 10 Amazon or Goodreads reviews or 20 Goodreads ratings all maintaining an average of 3.5 stars or above on Amazon or an average of 3 stars or above on Goodreads
  • The author is represented by a literary agency

 

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level.3.150

Novels that meet Level 2 (Validated) status along with at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • The title has a minimum of 2 reviews by Soul Inspirationz Approved Reviewers maintaining an average of 3.5 stars or above
  • The title has achieved a minimum of 50 Amazon or Goodreads reviews or 100 Goodreads ratings all  maintaining an average of 3.5 stars or above on Amazon or an average of 3 stars or above on Goodreads
  • The author is a hybrid author, previously published by a traditional large press CBA publisher*
  • The author has QIA status (as attributed by ACFW)
  • The author has achieved the Top 100 in Amazon Author Rank**
  • The title has achieved Top 10 Bestseller status in an Amazon category**
  • The title is published by a Small Press listed as an ACFW Recognized Publisher
*Traditional CBA publisher listed as an ACFW Recognized Publisher
**Proof of Amazon Author Rank or bestseller status must be supplied

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level.4.150

Novels that meet Level 3 (Merited) status along with at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • The title has a minimum of 5 reviews by Soul Inspirationz Approved Reviewers maintaining an average of 3.5 stars or above
  • The title has achieved a minimum of 250 Amazon or Goodreads reviews or 500 Goodreads ratings all maintaining an average of 3.5 stars or above on Amazon or an average of 3 stars or above on Goodreads
  • The title is endorsed by published authors (CBA, ABA, QIA)
  • The title has attributed starred editorial reviews from accredited platforms such as Romantic Times or Library Journal
  • The title was previously published by a large press CBA publisher*
  • The title has achieved Top 10 Bestseller status in an Amazon category for a consecutive 3+ months**
  • The title has achieved the ECPA Bestseller list**
*Traditional CBA publisher listed as an ACFW Recognized Publisher
**Proof of Amazon Author Rank or bestseller status must be supplied

 

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level.5.150

Novels that meet Level 4 (Endorsed) status along with at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • The title has achieved a minimum of 1000 Amazon or Goodreads reviews or 2000 Goodreads ratings all maintaining an average of 3.5 stars or above on Amazon or an average of 3 stars or above on Goodreads
  • The title is a finalist for an industry award*
  • The title has achieved Top 10 Bestseller status in an Amazon category for a consecutive 6+ months**
  • The title has achieved the ECPA Bestseller list for a consecutive 3 months**
*Industry awards include The Christy Awards, The Grace Awards, The Selah Awards, The Inspy Awards, and The Carol Awards.
**Proof of bestseller status must be supplied

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