April 2, 2018

8 ways to make the most of a professional book review

By BlueInk Review Staff

Let’s be honest. All book reviews are not created equal. Sure, you can ask all your friends to write reviews of your book and post them on Amazon, but in an online world sensitized to “fake news,” readers have learned to take consumer reviews with a grain (or […]

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April 2, 2018

5 common questions authors ask about reviews

By BlueInk Staff

You’ve finished your book and now you’re wondering: How on earth will I sell it? This is a daunting question, to be sure, one that involves carefully considering who your readers are and where you will find them.

Whatever the tactic, one of the first steps in reaching […]

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October 2, 2017

8 Ways to Use a Professional Book Review

By BlueInk Staff

Let’s be honest. All book reviews are not created equal. Sure, you can ask all your friends to write reviews of your book and post them on Amazon, but in an online world sensitized to “fake news,” readers have learned to take consumer reviews with a grain (or grain elevator!) of salt. […]

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November 17, 2015

7 Sure-Fire Ways to Spot a Fake Review

By Graham Dickson

Sites of booksellers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble feature countless consumer reviews — some legitimately written by objective third parties; others written by family and friends, and even by mills that pump out phony positive reviews for $5 a pop. Recently, Amazon has begun to take action against the authors of […]

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September 4, 2015

Giving peas a chance: The challenges of professional book reviewing

You’ve finished your book and now you’re wondering: How on earth will I sell it? This is a daunting question, to be sure, one that involves carefully considering who your readers are and where you will find them. Whatever the tactic, one of the first steps in reaching readers is to obtain book reviews.

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June 30, 2014

Oh the Mistakes We’ve Seen #5: BlueInk Review details common writing gaffes

By BlueInk Staff

“Oh, the Mistakes We’ve Seen!” is part of a series of BlueInk Review blogs offering advice and insight into self-published writers’ most common errors, as seen in the nearly 3,000 reviews of self-published books that we have provided since our inception in 2011.  Below, we have compiled excerpts from our more unfortunate […]

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May 2, 2011

Author’s temper tantrum good lesson for writers

When an author received a bad review from a blogger, she threw a temper tantrum online that went viral. Now her fit is nearly as famous as the punch Snooki took to the jaw on “Jersey Shore.” BlueInk’s Patti Thorn wonders: Is that any way to launch a writing career?

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