The landscape of self-publishing today is radically different than it was when I self-published my first collection of poetry 25 years ago. It was the Dark Ages back then and achieving success as an author—critically and commercially—was like trying to find the Grail.
By BlueInk Review 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 […]
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 […]
Why would an established author with a cult following choose to self-publish his new novel? If you ask Adam Pepper, the better question may be: why wouldn’t he?
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…
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.
When an author received a bad review from a blogger, she threw a temper tantrum online that went viral. Now her fit is nearly as famous as the punch Snooki took to the jaw on “Jersey Shore.” BlueInk’s Patti Thorn wonders: Is that any way to launch a writing career?
We’ve been busy “officially” launching BlueInk…and inadvertently learning what makes steam come out of booksellers’ ears at the same time!
We realize that fee-based reviews are a new way of approaching reviews and are bound to stir up controversy. Here are the many reasons ours is a business model you can trust.
We are gloriously, happily, finally live — and the emotion, I imagine, must be similar to how those who built the Eiffel Tower felt when they put that last steel girder in place: Ah! Finally, time to relax and survey the view! It’s a grand view, indeed, one that started with a simple conversation about the publishing world…