Every book needs an author bio. It lets readers know who you are and why you are uniquely qualified to write the book at hand. Readers expect this at the back of your book. And booksellers and other industry professionals expect it on your press releases and other marketing […]
We asked dozens of experts in self-publishing what were the two most important tips they had for indie authors. They responded with advice on everything from book covers to copyrights to social media—and much more! Over the next month, we will share one tip each day on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Don’t miss […]
“Oh, the Mistakes We’ve Seen!” is part of a series of BlueInk Review blogs offering advice and insight into self-published writers’ most common errors, as seen in the more than 6,000 reviews of self-published books that we have provided since our inception in 2011. Below, we have compiled excerpts from our […]
Many books these days are sequels, often part of a series. As I have recently discovered, writing a sequel is a very different experience from writing a standalone book.
Over the last four years or so, I have been working on a sequel to my first novel The Marriage of True […]
Looking for support in your self-publishing quest? Here are 5 reasons why a publishing conference is a must.
By BlueInk Staff
When planning how to get your self-published book into reader’s hands, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. Unlike people who work in traditional publishing, you sit in a study […]
Nothing detracts more from a book’s appeal than a bad back cover.
Whether your reader is a potential buyer, book reviewer, media professional or someone who wants to hire you for your expertise, your book’s back cover has to communicate to your target audience: “buy me, trust me!”
Authors often spend […]
You’re in a hurry. We get it.
After all, you’ve had the idea for your book rolling around in your head for decades and finally you’ve gotten around to writing it. Why drag your heels now? You want that book in the hands of readers— the sooner the better.
By Graham Dickson
You did it, your book is finished! It’s a moment worthy of celebration. But if you have dreams of finally setting your laptop aside for awhile, it’s time to think again: In today’s book world, the reality is that you’ll be busier than ever, looking for online ways to […]
By Graham Dickson
I was thrilled to attend my first Mile Hi Con on behalf of BlueInk Review this October. I traveled the convention floor talking with guests and taking in all that one of Denver’s oldest fan conventions has to offer. And just as I suspected when I saw the life-sized Dr. Who prop […]
By Marty Meitus
Kathy L. Murphy counts best-selling author Pat Conroy as a friend. She’s such good buddies with Jamie Ford, author of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, that he recently told the Shreveport Times, “In this industry, (Kathy) is a type of fairy godmother who makes your dreams come true. […]