July 17, 2015

4 ways indie authors go wrong writing a bio

By BlueInk Review Staff

Every book needs an author bio. It lets readers know who you are and why you are uniquely qualified to write the book at hand. Readers expect this at the back of your book. And booksellers and other industry professionals expect it on your press releases and other marketing materials.



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 […]


March 31, 2015

Ebook pricing: Hitting the sales sweet spot

By Alex Cortes

Let’s talk about sales. After all is said and done, every self-published author must face the dreaded question: “How should I price my book?” With an ebook, the answer becomes even more difficult to determine. Traditionally published ebooks cost next to nothing to produce, yet are often as expensive as print copies. […]


March 30, 2015

Starred BlueInk book subject of upcoming Universal movie

By Irene Sanders

Big News! Blue Ink Star-reviewed book, After the Wind, has been involved in a major movie deal. The film, Everest, is set to release on September 18, 2015 and features megastars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, and Keira Knightley.

Everest uses both Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book Into Thin Air and author Lou Kasischke’s […]


March 13, 2015

Trade Secrets: Book production with Perseus’ Stacy Schuck

By Rachel L’Heureux

 Trade Secrets is an ongoing blog in which we ask professionals in the traditional sphere of the publishing industry to explain how they approach their job in order to help self-publishers understand the intricacies of the publishing process and glean some tips.

We recently spoke with Stacy Schuck, the Manager of […]