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 […]

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June 3, 2013

How do traditionally published authors complete the sentence: “Self publishing is…”? Their answers might surprise you

By BlueInk Review Guest Blogger, Paul Goat Allen

I thought it would be interesting to ask a bunch of established authors — writers who have found some semblance of commercial and/or critical success through traditional publishing — to finish this simple open-ended statement “Self publishing is…” to see if there were any prevailing responses […]

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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.

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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 […]

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August 3, 2011

Shame on you, Dan Poynter!

In a recent newsletter, self-publishing guru Dan Poynter suggested that professional book reviewers “rarely read the book anyway.” That high-pitched noise you hear is the sound of the steam coming out of my ears…

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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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