Saturday, June 18, 2011

What do you know about Pixel of Ink?

Pixel of Ink
is a blog which is set up to promote Kindle ebooks who average a 4 star review rank and sell for less than $3.00. They offer a wide range of information on their blog but I am most interested in their sponsorship program for authors.

What do you guys know about Pixel of Ink
? Has anyone used this blog and received significant results? The site has many requirements set up before your book will even be considered for sponsorship (which I believe is a good thing) but I'm very careful with how I spend my money. Are the books featured really 'the best of...' or are they just featured because their author paid the sponsorship fee? I hope I am not offending anyone with this post. If you have paid for sponsorship it is completely your right to have done so. I would just like to know if the money spent was worth it? Did it boost your sales rank or just make you 100 bucks poorer?

Here is an example of my concern.
When I was young little chickadee I was a model. I know how the modeling world works. If someone thinks you have what it takes to secure work you will get an agent with out paying a dime. Yet, everyday I hear about young girls paying thousands of dollars for agency representation from agencies that never find them any paid work. I had an agent, worked and was paid. I never spent a cent. These poor young girls have been the victims of a scam. It is both unethical and cruel to take advantage of a person's ignorance.

So, is Pixel of Ink for real or not?
I thank you in advance for your honest opinions. ...and please don't hate/kill me for my concerns. Again, I hope I did not offend anyone.


  1. Hi Amy,

    I absolutely hear, and agree, with what you're saying. I, too, modeled when I was younger. From what I remember, if the agency thought you could make them money, they shelled out the funds for travel fees, lodging if necessary, photographer time, and having a photo book put together. I feel that same philosophy should exist in the editing/writing world. If the agency believes in your talent and ability to sell book, they should compensate all fees until the profits start rolling in.

    I'm glad you put this out there. Authors need to be aware of scams and phony agencies looking to make money off you.

    Cara R. Olsen
    A writer's quirks and commiserations

  2. Amy from the research I've done it sounds authentic--and seems to get results (at least for the day you are featured). I suggest you contact the writers on the blog (rather than the blog owner) and ask them what they thought.

  3. Thank you Cara and Patti. I appreciate your responses. While the majority of the time I feel very supported by the indie world I realize that we are all trying to achieve a common goal, which in this specific instance might mean crushing someones' current dream/aspiration or spoiling a a temporary moment of glory.

    Cara, like you when I did work in the modeling industry any expense I encountered was taken care of by the client who hired me and it just felt wrong that they were asking for money to do something others do for free especially when no real service was being provided other than listing your book.

    Patti, I will consider what you said about asking the authors who are listed on this page. If the attention only lasted for one day would the $100 fee be worth the advertisement for an ebook listed on Kindle for less than $3.00? I guess I won't know until I ask, but I'm doubtful.

    Thanks again ladies!