July 6, 2011

Can any of us be Amanda Hocking?

Mention Amanda Hocking’s name to a group of writers and just watch the dreamy look that comes over their faces. Hocking may be the one who fueled her career by selling her inexpensive self-published ebooks online and amassing thousands of fans and millions of dollars, but it’s really the dreams of all the rest of us that have, once again, been ignited.

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June 13, 2011

No. 1 reason reviewers trash self-published books

Among the stack of books on my study floor, there’s a children’s book with one page written entirely stream of consciousness. There’s a memoir with typos and grammatical errors on the back cover copy. There’s a nonfiction book that uses the past and present tenses interchangeably.

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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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December 30, 2010

Frank talk about fees

We realize that fee-based reviews are a new way of approaching reviews and are bound to stir up controversy. Here are the many reasons ours is a business model you can trust.

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December 9, 2010

The view from here looks grand

We are gloriously, happily, finally live — and the emotion, I imagine, must be similar to how those who built the Eiffel Tower felt when they put that last steel girder in place: Ah! Finally, time to relax and survey the view! It’s a grand view, indeed, one that started with a simple conversation about the publishing world…

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