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 […]
I thought it would be interesting to ask a bunch of established authors — writers who have found some semblance of commercial and/or critical success through traditional publishing — to finish this simple open-ended statement “Self publishing is…” to see if there were any prevailing responses […]
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.
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 […]
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!