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A BlueInk book review can greatly increase your indie book’s visibility.
Authors whose books have received a Starred Review can now order gold seals of approval for the qualifying title. This is an incredibly powerful marketing tool. It lets readers know your book has received high praise from one of the most respected reviewing sources in the indie world. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! More information.
Our reach is wider than ever. Booklist magazine features BlueInk book reviews!
Imagine a review of your book running in Booklist magazine! It’s possible through BlueInk Review. Booklist is now offering a monthly column featuring our reviews of select titles — those we deem noteworthy and appropriate.
Booklist reaches more than 60,000 librarians. It is one of the most highly respected review publications in the country. A mention in Booklist provides invaluable exposure and immeasurable credibility for your title. Take a look at a recent two-page spread and consider ordering your BlueInk review today!
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Ingram Book Company, a wholesale book distributor whose online forums are accessed by more than 71,000 librarians and booksellers globally; Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (children’s and YA titles only), used by thousands of librarians, booksellers and academic institutions nationally; iDreamBooks, a discoverability site that aggregates professional book reviews (think Rotten Tomatoes for books), featuring BlueInk’s reviews alongside those from The New York Times and NPR.
BlueInk also posts a review excerpt in the Editorial section of the author’s Barnes & Noble page (upon request); this position designates the review as professional, in contrast to customer reviews. All reviews are eligible to appear in the Editorial section of Amazon’s author pages.
Select titles also go to:
In addition to Booklist, select reviews are distributed to No Shelf Required, a popular website for librarians interested in ebooks; Douglas County Libraries, a major Colorado library system (8 million annual circulation) that buys many of BlueInk’s recommended titles.
Select titles are also included in BlueInk’s monthly newsletter, emailed to readers, agents, publishers and librarians who have expressly signed up for the list, recommended on Goodreads and distributed on social media platforms. All of these venues provide opportunities to enhance your title’s credibility immeasurably!! Unlike other review services, BlueInk does not charge extra for any distributions.
Two reviews are better than one!
When it comes to establishing credibility for your title, the more book reviews you receive, the better off you are. To that end, we are partnering with Foreword Clarion to offer a popular 2-review package. For the discounted rate of $695, you will receive one book review from BlueInk Review and one from Foreword Clarion, both within 6 weeks. Better yet, you will save more than $300 and greatly enhance your book’s exposure! For more information, click here.
From edge-of-your-seat thrillers to lushly illustrated children’s picture books to practical business books, we have what you’re looking for!
Find the best in indie books on our Reviews page by searching for “Notable Titles.” Narrow the search even further by clicking on your favorite genres.
It’s not often that self-publishing authors receive Starred reviews on multiple titles. When it happens, it’s something to celebrate. Here are six amazing authors worthy of your attention:
BCR Fegan was inspired by the tall tales of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm when he created his own fantastical books for children and young adults. With whimsical mysteries and charming lessons for young readers, he brings to life stories of hidden treasure, haunted houses, and classic, fairytale magic. Born and raised in Australia, Fegan believes writing is one of the most exciting things you can do. See all of his book reviews.
Catherine Spader’s Wulfhedinn fantasy series is inspired by the wolf-skin clad warriors of pre-Christian Europe. A creative interpretation of history and mythology, her stories offer complex characters, profound themes and, best of all, non-stop action. Based in Denver, Colorado, Spader spends her time playing ice hockey, hiking the Rocky Mountains and reading and listening to music (especially Jethro Tull). See all of her book reviews.
Jonathan Harnisch’s books often depict alter egos that live with the same mental disorders he has, including schizophrenia and Tourette’s syndrome. He writes erotica, non-linear, plotless narratives, and psychological novels with electrifying prose and poignant developments. As the playfully self-dubbed “King of Mental Illness,” Harnisch writes with a raw authenticity that permeates his entire body of work. See all of his book reviews.
Nanette Avery’s novels offer a refreshing return to the style of Charles Dickens’ works with colorful characterizations and verbal eloquence. From a story of the 19th century, Orphan Train to a series of vignettes told through the eyes of a small-town dog, Avery’s writing is evocative and artful. Based in Nashville, she is a writer, educator, and researcher. See all of her book reviews.
Collins Hemingway’s Jane Austen series aptly recreates time and place to resolve intriguing fictional mysteries of Austen’s life. With a masters in English literature and a concentration in Renaissance language, Hemingway skillfully crafts Austen into a living, breathing presence. Readers will be reaching for the sequels before they’re finished with book one. See all of his book reviews.
Tanja Kobasic’s fantasy books are fast-paced, profoundly spiritual, and highly original. Her storytelling fuses romance and dark fantasy to create novels that are impossible to put down. Readers interested in contemporary fantasy, apocalyptic fiction, and Christian mythology will love her reoccurring take on the themes of good and evil. Kobasic resides in Toronto where she runs a paralegal firm when she isn’t writing. See all of her book reviews.
For librarians, booksellers, editors, or literary agents, the self-publishing boom presents opportunities — but how to find notable titles in this mountain of material?
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