“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 more than 6,000 reviews of self-published books that we have provided since our inception in 2011. Below, we have compiled excerpts […]
By Madeleine Dodge
Given the many costs of producing a self-published book, funding can seem impossible. But there’s hope. Over the last decade, crowdfunding (the act of raising small amounts […]
You’ve written your book and completed the hard work of producing it. Finally, it’s time to release it into the world. In other words, it’s time for a book launch.
Hosting your book launch party is arguably the best part of publishing a book. You finally get to […]
It’s a familiar scenario: A bookstore accepts a self-published book on consignment, only to exile it to a shelf for “Independent Local Authors” in the farthest corner of the store where even the dust bunnies won’t give it the time of day. The author has to bend over […]
When I was 14-years-old, I wrote a poem entitled, Does A Giraffe Ever Feel Small? It told the story of six animals and the characteristics that make them stand out from the rest. It had a cute rhyme scheme and a resounding message to love yourself for who you […]
By Madeleine Dodge
At one of his first book signings, a store manager told Pete Ritzer (pen name: P.A. Ritzer) that the bookstore’s main business on a Saturday night was movie rentals. He would be lucky to sell three books, the manager said. Yet by the end of the night, Ritzer had sold […]
“The Real Cost of Self Publishing” is a recurring blog where we ask a self-published 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 our summer intern, Madeleine Dodge, talks about self-publishing her children’s book Does […]
You’re in a hurry. We get it.
After all, you’ve had the idea for your book rolling around in your head for decades and finally you’ve gotten around to writing it. Why drag your heels now? You want that book in the hands of readers— the sooner […]
Last year, more than 450,000 books were self-published. Imagine a reader standing in front of a bookshelf with that many titles. Now imagine the impossible: how will they choose one title over another?
That’s where reviews come in.
As former books editor of the Rocky Mountain News […]
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 […]