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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August 13, 2012

There and back again: From traditionally published to self-published, author offers his invaluable advice.

By Guest Blogger Paul Goat Allen

Adam Connell published his debut novel “Counterfeit Kings” in 2004 and then effectively disappeared for almost a decade. His journey in that time is filled with invaluable insights, particularly to anyone considering becoming an author. After being chewed up and spit out by conventional publishing, the author found redemption […]

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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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June 13, 2011

No. 1 reason reviewers trash self-published books

Among the stack of books on my study floor, there’s a children’s book with one page written entirely stream of consciousness. There’s a memoir with typos and grammatical errors on the back cover copy. There’s a nonfiction book that uses the past and present tenses interchangeably.

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