June 19, 2013

Too good to bury: an interview with David Oppegaard

By BlueInk Review guest blogger, Paul Goat Allen

Although David Oppegaard is undeniably an extraordinary writer — his debut novel “The Suicide Collectors,” published in 2008 by St. Martin’s Press, is one of the most disturbing and singularly unique works of apocalyptic fiction I’ve ever read — his experience navigating the publishing gauntlet is anything […]


June 10, 2013

5 ways a bad back cover blurb can kill a good book

By BlueInk Guest Blogger, Paul Goat Allen

This may sound crazy but the back cover blurb for your novel — essentially a synoptic teaser — just may be the most important part of your self-published book. Here’s why:

Some readers out there will buy a book solely on cover art — […]


May 27, 2013

5 mistakes that will doom any self-published book

By BlueInk Review Guest Blogger, Paul Goat Allen

I’ve read and reviewed enough books to know that self-published authors make common blunders that absolutely ruin the reading experience for me. These are giant red flags – ear-piercing alarms – warning me of an imminent bad read.

Consider this a public service […]


May 7, 2013

Put down your axe, self-publishers! Keeping your writing grudge-free

When was the last time this happened to you: You’re well into a new book, enjoying the subject and the writing both, when the author takes an unexpected side trip to tell you about her horrible boss, or his dreadful parents, or the ex-spouse from hell. The writing changes tone and your interest in the book essentially stops there.


August 13, 2012

There and back again: from traditionally published to self-published, author offers his invaluable advice.

By BlueInk Review Guest Blogger, Paul Goat Allen

Adam Connell published his debut novel “Counterfeit Kings” in 2004 and then effectively disappeared for almost a decade. His journey in that time is filled with invaluable insights, particularly to anyone considering becoming an author. After being chewed up and spit out by conventional publishing, the author […]


February 13, 2012

From lizards to lit: a year of self-publishing observations!

Patti Thorn, BlueInk Managing Partner

It’s been just over a year since BlueInk launched. Since then, we’ve vetted hundreds of self-published books — everything from literary novels to thrillers to children’s picture books to heartfelt memoirs. We reviewed a 600-page novel set in the South. We reviewed a fingernail-slim story about one man’s thoughts on […]