September 28, 2020

4 ways indie authors go wrong writing a book description

By BlueInk Review Staff

Every book needs a description of its contents – that snappy teaser copy you traditionally see on the back cover. When done properly, it lures readers in, as well as signals what audience the book is targeting. And it’s invaluable on marketing materials, author websites and other promotional materials.

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April 14, 2020

5 Mistakes That Will Doom Any Self-Published Book

By Paul Goat Allen

For the last 25 years, I’ve been a full-time genre fiction book critic—writing for companies from BlueInk Review to Publishers Weekly to The Chicago Tribune. I’ve evaluated titles in every genre category and reviewed both traditionally published and independently published titles.

I’ve read and reviewed enough books (10,000+) to know […]

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August 20, 2018

Working with an editor: 10 invaluable tips

By Madeleine Dodge

You close your manuscript, lean back, and sigh with relief: You’ve finally finished writing your book. Then suddenly, you’re jerked out of your reverie when you realize: It’s time to send my manuscript to an editor! How will you ever find the courage to push “send”?

We […]

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June 19, 2017

5 questions to ask before hiring an editor

By BlueInk Staff

Hiring an editor can be a daunting task, especially for a first-time author. Aside from finding someone with solid technical skills, you also need a person whose personality meshes with yours, as a good editing relationship requires plenty of give and take.

Here are a few things to consider before contracting […]

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August 30, 2016

The Real Cost of Self-Publishing: Diann Logan

 By Morgan Mackey

“The Real Cost of Self-Publishing” is an ongoing blog where we ask independently published authors 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 Diann Logan, author of “The Navel Diaries: How I Lost […]

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July 26, 2016

The art of pacing

By Heather Seggel

Let’s assume that you’re a fiction writer looking to self-publish. You’re a voracious reader and practiced writer, willing to put in the hours of writing and rewriting to make a story shine. And you’ve got a great story to tell, rich in memorable characters and set in a locale […]

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