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.



August 13, 2015

BlueInk Review offers A+ reads on educational topics

By Irene Sanders

That inevitable time of year has come again: school bells begin to ring and students start their classes. Between making sure your kids have their new folders and freshly shined shoes, take the time to crack the binding on a fantastic self-published book! BlueInk Review has uncovered several titles that can be […]


August 12, 2015

Hyre a kopee editer… and other no-fail tips for self-publishers

By BlueInk Review Staff

We all know the feeling of end-of-summer lethargy: the tempting daydreams of poolside slumber; grocery lists that include nothing but lemonade, watermelon, and popsicles; the longing to simply sink into a lounge chair and cultivate a freckle or two. But if you want to get ahead in self publishing, now is […]


August 11, 2015

At Your Service: finding editors and designers through Reedsy

By Alex Cortes

At Your Service is an ongoing blog series where we ask a self-publishing industry professional to describe the services they provide so that self-published authors may learn more about the opportunities and resources afforded them.

Today, we speak with Ricardo Fayet, one of the co-founders of Reedsy, an online marketplace […]


June 30, 2015

“Pulpwood Queen” champions self-published books

By Marty Meitus

Kathy L. Murphy counts best-selling author Pat Conroy as a friend. She’s such good buddies with Jamie Ford, author of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, that he recently told the Shreveport Times,  “In this industry, (Kathy) is a type of fairy godmother who makes your dreams come true. […]


June 19, 2015

Trade Secrets: book marketing with Carl Lennertz

By Rachel L’Heureux

“Trade Secrets” is an ongoing blog series in which we interview professionals working in traditional publishing to explain how they approach their jobs, in order to help self-publishers understand the intricacies of the publishing process and glean some tips.

Today we speak with Carl Lennertz about the daunting yet critical task […]


June 12, 2015

BlueInk Review’s top summer reads for kids

By Irene Sanders

The heat is high, the sun is bright, and shorts and flip-flops have resurrected themselves from the backs of crowded closets. With classes out of session and time on your kids’ hands, why not get them absorbed in some fantastic indie books? Below are some of our favorites of the year — […]


June 12, 2015

BlueInk Review announces great summer reads!

By Ali Correll

Looking for a new contemporary romance, memoir, mystery — or other unique read — to fill up those long, lazy summer hours? Why not support an indie author at the same time?  At BlueInk Review, we’ve culled our favorite titles of the year from the hundreds of books we’ve reviewed and put […]


June 10, 2015

At Your Service: a primer on printing with Mike Daniels

By Rachel L’Heureux

“At Your Service” is an ongoing blog series in which we interview representatives from the many companies and resources that exist to assist self-publishers.

Today we speak with Mike Daniels about the printing services various companies provide.

Daniels has spent the last two decades in book publishing, focused primarily on book […]


May 27, 2015

The Real Cost of Self-Publishing: Dr. Nancy Saltzman

By Jordan Nieusma

“The Real Cost of Self-Publishing” is an ongoing blog where we ask a self-publishing author to break down his or her expenses, in order to give others an idea of the costs involved in creating a successful book. Today, we talk to Dr. Nancy Saltzman, author of “Radical Survivor.”

Saltzman’s nonfiction memoir […]