February 10, 2016

Romantic and Sexy Reads for Valentine’s Day

By Irene Sanders Celebrate the month of love with BlueInk Review!  From fiction to self-help, these titles offering both sweetness and spice are guaranteed to make your February a memorable one.

Molly Takes the Cake by the Taylor Sisters: This delightfully charming romance revolves around bakery-owner Molly, who has been waiting patiently for long-distance […]

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January 19, 2016

4 lessons indie authors can learn from Donald Trump

By BlueInk Review

Donald Trump might be the most polarizing figure in American politics since King George raised the price of tea. But there’s one thing we can all agree on:  The man knows how to get publicity. Boatloads of it.

Whatever you think about Trump and his ideas, there is much that self-publishers can […]

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January 5, 2016

4 ways indie authors go wrong designing book covers

By BlueInk Review

A book’s cover serves as its advertisement. It tells readers what to expect inside, and hopefully sells that content with visual sizzle. Think of it as a mini billboard: It’s purpose is to catch the reader’s eye and convey a message in the time it takes someone to speed on by.

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December 8, 2015

At Your Service: Promoting your book with Where Writers Win

By Irene Sanders

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.

Retired professional pool player, publisher of Pool & Billards Magazine, and author of two successful pool […]

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November 24, 2015

At Your Service: Hybrid Publishing with SheWrites Press

 By Alexandra Correll

As self-publishing explodes, so do the many companies geared to help authors with their projects. But with so much choice comes confusion. To help authors navigate this tsunami of service, we are offering a series of blogs introducing you to some of our favorite companies and asking them for their best […]

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November 17, 2015

7 Sure-Fire Ways to Spot a Fake Review

By Graham Dickson

Sites of booksellers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble feature countless consumer reviews — some legitimately written by objective third parties; others written by family and friends, and even by mills that pump out phony positive reviews for $5 a pop. Recently, Amazon has begun to take action against the authors of […]

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November 17, 2015

5 ways to promote your book at a science fiction/fantasy convention

By Graham Dickson

I was thrilled to attend my first Mile Hi Con on behalf of BlueInk Review this October. I traveled the convention floor talking with guests and taking in all that one of Denver’s oldest fan conventions has to offer. And just as I suspected when I saw the life-sized Dr. Who prop […]

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November 2, 2015

Astroturfing: Why crowdsourced reviews are as fake as plastic grass

By BlueInk Review Staff

Amazon is currently on the move, suing 1,000 individuals for writing fake reviews in a practice called “astroturfing.” Astroturfers promise good reviews for hire. For as little as $5 per review, authors can buy five-star ratings en masse. While Amazon strictly prohibits fake reviews, the practice is widespread — and for […]

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October 20, 2015

5 chilling books to set the mood for Halloween

Looking for a collection of books to chill your spine, curdle your blood, and get you ready for Halloween? Look no further! Fall is in the air and the holiday is nearly upon us. Check out our collection of books to get you into the “spirit”.

Ethics of the Undead, by Loren Schechter. Here’s a surprising […]

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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.

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