Booklist Partners with BlueInk Review to Feature Self-Published Titles

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September 28, 2015


IBPA received the following press release via email and wanted to share it with our members. Please address questions directly to Patti Thorn at BlueInk Review.

Contact: Patti Thorn,

(DENVER, Colorado) — In a landmark partnership, Booklist magazine will begin running a selection of BlueInk’s reviews of self-published titles in its October 1 issue. The venture marks the first time in its 110-year history that Booklist has included self-published titles on a routine basis.

“Our partnership with the experts at BlueInk Review offers us the perfect opportunity to bring a selection of the best self-published books to librarians across the country,” said Bill Ott, editor and publisher of Booklist.

Booklist reaches more than 60,000 librarians nationwide, a devoted readership that uses the magazine to make acquisition decisions. BlueInk Review is a pre-eminent book review service devoted exclusively to independently published titles. The company vets an average of 1,000 titles a year.

“We are excited to be included in this respected magazine’s offerings and will be highlighting those self-published titles that we feel are noteworthy,” said Patti Thorn, BlueInk Review managing partner. “With this initiative, librarians finally have an inroad to an important part of the publishing world that is vast and, until now, extremely difficult for them to vet.”

Booklist will include reviews of self-published titles recommended by BlueInk on a regular basis.

The partnership is an indication of the growing importance of self-published titles in the publishing marketplace. Last year, more than 400,000 titles were published independently, and the number continues to grow.

3 responses to “Booklist Partners with BlueInk Review to Feature Self-Published Titles”

  1. Eric Roth says:

    Thank you for sharing this piece of good news!

  2. Wes Adamson says:

    Blueink is performing a great service for those of us …who not only self-publish, but are new authors. Patti, I have a new book that I would like to submit for the review list. “Imagination By Moonlight: living life boldly and successfully.” Do you have a web location for this?

    Thank you.
    Wes Adamson

  3. Patti Thorn says:


    Thank you for your interest in our company. We are a fee-based review service, which means that authors pay a fee; we then send their book to a professional reviewer who we feel will be appropriate for the particular genre, etc. You can find out all about the submission process on our website: Also check out our blogs, which are full of information about writing and marketing. We try our best to help self-publishers avoid making the common mistakes we have seen in reviewing nearly 5,000 titles. If you still have questions after looking over the website, you can reach me at Best of luck with your book!


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