October 23, 2013

The Real Cost of Self Publishing: Polly Letofsky

By Camilla Sterne

“The Real Cost of Self Publishing” is a monthly 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 the exuberant Polly Letosfky, author of “3MPH: The […]

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September 16, 2013

The Real Cost of Self Publishing: Suzanne Handler

By Camilla Sterne

The Real Cost of Self Publishing is a monthly 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, we talk to the gracious Suzanne Handler, author of “The Secrets […]

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August 20, 2013

Five Simple Ways to Promote Your Self-Published Book

By BlueInk Guest Blogger, Paul Goat Allen

I recently wrote a blog about things self-published authors should be absolutely sure of before pushing the final button—and one of those items was having some semblance of a marketing plan. How are you going to promote your work? What are you going to do to increase […]

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June 19, 2013

Too Good to Bury: An Interview with David Oppegaard

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 anything but extraordinary.

Oppegaard is one of […]

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June 10, 2013

5 Ways a Bad Back Cover Blurb Can Kill a Good Book

By BlueInk Guest Blogger Paul Goat Allen

This may sound crazy but the back cover blurb for your novel — essentially a synoptic teaser — just may be the most important part of your self-published book. Here’s why:

Some readers out there will buy a book solely on cover art — […]

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May 27, 2013

5 Mistakes That Will Doom Any Self-Published Book

By Guest Blogger Paul Goat Allen

I’ve read and reviewed enough books to know that self-published authors make common blunders that absolutely ruin the reading experience for me. These are giant red flags – ear-piercing alarms – warning me of an imminent bad read.

Consider this a public service announcement. Because […]

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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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