Are you an Amazon author looking for a way to track your sales, connect with readers, and ultimately sell more books? You may think that once your book is posted, your work is finished. But think again! There is more you can do to manage and market your book. In […]
By Madeleine Dodge
Given the many costs of producing a self-published book, funding can seem impossible. But there’s hope. Over the last decade, crowdfunding (the act of raising small amounts […]
You’ve written your book and completed the hard work of producing it. Finally, it’s time to release it into the world. In other words, it’s time for a book launch.
Hosting your book launch party is arguably the best part of publishing a book. You finally get to […]
It’s a familiar scenario: A bookstore accepts a self-published book on consignment, only to exile it to a shelf for “Independent Local Authors” in the farthest corner of the store where even the dust bunnies won’t give it the time of day. The author has to bend over […]
By Madeleine Dodge
At one of his first book signings, a store manager told Pete Ritzer (pen name: P.A. Ritzer) that the bookstore’s main business on a Saturday night was movie rentals. He would be lucky to sell three books, the manager said. Yet by the end of the night, Ritzer had sold […]
By Graham Dickson
Sites of booksellers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble feature countless consumer reviews — some legitimately written by objective third parties; others written by family and friends, and even by mills that pump out phony positive reviews for $5 a pop. Recently, Amazon has begun to take action against the authors of […]
Why we love “The Remains of War,” followed by an interview with author G. Pauline Kok-Schurgers
There’s no shortage of literature retelling the atrocities of World War II. Some of it appears in thick textbooks, some in poems or diaries, and still more in powerful memoirs told decades later. “The […]
“At Your Service” is an ongoing blog where we ask a self-publishing industry professional to describe his or her services, in order to help self-publishers understand the intricacies of each step in the self-publishing process.
Today, we talk with Verna Noel Jones, a reviewer for BlueInk Review.
Jones studied […]
By BlueInk Review Staff
Here at BlueInk Review, we have been blessed with many great books and, uh, some that probably would have benefited from the attention of a very patient editor. As a result, we send out reviews that are complimentary and some that are, well, not so much. It’s probably not surprising that, […]
By Andy Dus
“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 2,000 reviews of self-published books that we have provided since our inception in 2011. Below, we have compiled excerpts from our more […]