"Not only did they feature my book on their website, they went on to recommend my work to others in the industry and even helped set up a book club interview! The personal attention and encouragement I received from BlueInk far exceeded my expectations." — Susan G. Muth, author of BlueInk Best Book award winner, "The Beach at Herculaneum"

"Again, I can't say how grateful I am to BlueInk for this review; it was a kickstart that opened the door for the novel and gave me confidence to move strongly ahead with promoting it." — Tony Taylor, author of "Darkest Side of Saturn"

"Your review has clearly solved a LOT of my publicity issues. Many thanks to BlueInk for this beautiful piece of writing." — C.M. Shifflett, co-author of "Conquering Concussion"

"It is clear that the reviewers for Blueink love to read. Their reviews are sensitive, to the heart of the story and to the point. I have sold more novels and attracted more media attention since their review of my novel, 'Mississippi Flyway.'" –Nel Rand, author of "Mississippi Flyway" and "The Burning Jacket" (2011 WILLA finalist award)

"I want to thank the reviewer at BlueInk Review for the honest, constructive review of my first novel, 'Open Source.'... I am sure this review will help me gain the all-important exposure I need as a first-time author, and it has already helped me in drafting the next manuscript. Thank you BlueInk!" -Matthew M. Frick, author of "Open Source"

How Will Readers Find Your Book? Let BlueInk Help!

Exciting venues where your review from BlueInk will appear!

When BlueInk Review launched three years ago, we had one simple idea: to give self-published books the critical forum they deserved, in order to earn credibility in the marketplace. Since then, we've provided nearly 5,000 professional reviews for self-published titles, reviews that are respected by decision-makers in the industry.

We are thrilled to announce that BlueInk reviews are now distributed to and by:

  • Ingram Book Company. A wholesale provider for more than 71,000 librarians and booksellers globally. BlueInk reviews run on Ingram's iPage and Oasis, a database that helps these important customers make book-buying decisions.
  • Publishing Perspectives. Called “the BBC of the book world,” this online journal of international publishing news and opinion runs monthly updates of BlueInk Starred Reviews to help international publishing executives acquire material for books, film and videogames.
  • Douglas County Libraries. This major Colorado library system (8 million annual circulation) uses BlueInk's recommended titles to make book-buying decisions for its pilot program targeting self-published books. This is a unique opportunity for self publishers to boost their credibility, as libraries rarely purchase independently published titles!
  • iDreamBooks. BlueInk’s voice joins The New York Times and NPR on this discoverability site that aggregates professional book reviews from over 3,000 sources (think Rotten Tomatoes for books).
  • Barnes & Noble. At author's request, BlueInk posts a review excerpt in the Editorial section of the author's page. This designates that the review is professional as distinguished from customer reviews.
  • Amazon. All reviews are eligible to appear in the Editorial section of Amazon's author pages.

We continue to expand our reach. Stay tuned to our website for news of further developments!

Library guru recommends BlueInk to all American libraries!

BlueInk was recently given an unqualified endorsement from American Libraries' blogger James LaRue, who minces no words in his support: "Let me be blunt: I think every public library in America should track their recommendations, and buy them." Read the full blog to see how BlueInk is commanding the attention of librarians nationwide.

Oh, the Mistakes We've Seen! #5

Gang violence in a children's picture book? A cast of characters longer than the phone book? ... See our latest blog on writing gaffes

At BlueInk, we've reviewed nearly 5,000 self-published books to date. In the process, we've seen everything from books without a single paragraph break to novels with characters whose names change mid-story. Don't make the same mistakes! Read the latest entry to our popular continuing series, "Oh, the Mistakes We've Seen!"

BlueInk Review Named "Best Website"

We are proud to have been designated as "Best Website for Independent Authors" by the Association of Independent Authors. The award honors excellence in websites that offer information and resources of value to independent authors. Read more about BlueInk's honor.

Our subscribers

Our subscriber list is filled with people looking for promising new material, and it continues to grow. Currently, we have editors on our list from nearly every major publishing house, including:


Our partners

BlueInk has forged exciting partnerships with prominent companies and groups in the self publishing world, including: Ingram Book Company * Publishing Perspectives * Off The Bookshelf * Douglas County (CO) Library System * BookBrewer * Author U * Colorado Independent Book Publishers Assn. * Bookwhirl * Windy City * Author Solutions * Outskirts Press * YouDoPR * Author Connections * Shelf Unbound magazine* Self-Publishing Review


We have appeared as experts on reviews and self-publishing in many forums, including: INDEPENDENT BOOK PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION WRITER'S CONFERENCE, Chicago * DIY DAY at BOOK EXPO AMERICA, New York * SELF-PUBLISHING BOOK EXPO, New York * COLORADO INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION, Colorado * AUTHOR U, Colorado.

Meet the BlueInk critics!

Our reviewers know books -- and how to write about them. You've seen their bylines in newspapers and online publications, including the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune. Many have been senior level editors at New York publishing houses.