"It is clear that the reviewers for Blueink love to read. Their reviews are sensitive, to the heart of the story and to the point. I have sold more novels and attracted more media attention since their review of my novel, 'Mississippi Flyway.'" –Nel Rand, author of "Mississippi Flyway" and "The Burning Jacket" (2011 WILLA finalist award)

"Libraries are looking for ways to stay on top of today's explosion of publishing. BlueInk Review and its thorough, thoughtful, highly professional and credible examinations of self-published titles, helps us buy the best for our patrons." — Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County (CO) Libraries

"I want to thank the reviewer at BlueInk Review for the honest, constructive review of my first novel, 'Open Source.'... I am sure this review will help me gain the all-important exposure I need as a first-time author, and it has already helped me in drafting the next manuscript. Thank you BlueInk!" -Matthew M. Frick, author of "Open Source"

"I have had an excellent experience with BlueInk Review. My review was finished ahead of schedule, allowing me to prepare for and lending credibility to my post-Christmas promotion (which was extremely successful, with thousands of copies of daynight downloaded)... I appreciate the professionalism of the review itself, which is not simply a rehashing of the story, but a well thought-out, critical review. Thank you for...BlueInk's valuable service to indie authors. --Megan Thomason, author of "daynight"

If Your're Feeling Lost and Alone in the Self-Publishing Process...

You just might need a book shepherd

Book shepherds help authors with project management - everything from guiding authors on their book's content, to finding designers and printers, to planning marketing and publicity. In our continuing blog series, "At Your Service," we talk to longtime book shepherd Judith Briles, who tells us who needs a book shepherd, how much it costs and what is unique about this relationship.

How Will Readers Find Your Book? Let BlueInk Help!

Exciting venues where your review from BlueInk will appear!

When BlueInk Review launched three years ago, we had one simple idea: to give self-published books the critical forum they deserved, in order to earn credibility in the marketplace. Since then, we've provided more than 2,000 professional reviews for self-published titles, reviews that are respected by decision-makers in the industry.

We are thrilled to announce that BlueInk reviews are now distributed to and by:

  • Ingram Book Company. A wholesale provider for more than 71,000 librarians and booksellers globally. BlueInk reviews run on Ingram's iPage and Oasis, a database that helps these important customers make book-buying decisions.
  • Publishing Perspectives. Called “the BBC of the book world,” this online journal of international publishing news and opinion runs monthly updates of BlueInk Starred Reviews to help international publishing executives acquire material for books, film and videogames.
  • Douglas County Libraries. This major Colorado library system (8 million annual circulation) uses BlueInk's recommended titles to make book-buying decisions for its pilot program targeting self-published books. This is a unique opportunity for self publishers to boost their credibility, as libraries rarely purchase independently published titles!
  • iDreamBooks. BlueInk’s voice joins The New York Times and NPR on this discoverability site that aggregates professional book reviews from over 3,000 sources (think Rotten Tomatoes for books).

We continue to expand our reach. Stay tuned to our website for news of further developments!

We Asked How Much Others Spend on Their Self-Publishing Projects

And they told us...down to the final dollars and cents

The cost of self-publishing a book can vary wildly. Some authors pay as much as $20,000 to purchase everything from professional designers to high-powered publicists; others pride themselves on doing everything themselves and paying close to $0. What works best in terms of sales? This month, in our continuing blog series "The Real Cost of Self Publishing," we ask author Greg Mahon to detail his self-publishing budget and to reflect on what he might have done differently.

BlueInk appears at Independent Book Publisher's Assn.

Thanks to all who stopped by our table at the recent Independent Book Publisher's Assn. conference in San Francisco. We enjoyed meeting everyone and learning about your projects! If you missed seeing us and are interested in adding your email address to our list, sign up here! We will send you our monthly newsletter with writing tips, information on self publishing and special discounts in the self-publishing world that you won't want to miss!

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We are excited to have been designated as "Best Website for Independent Authors" by the Association of Independent Authors. The award honors excellence in websites that offer information and resources of value to independent authors.