Ink Smith Publishing Welcomes Editorial Intern, Emily!

Emily Joy Editor Intern.jpgInk Smith Publishing is ecstatic to announce another new addition to our team! Emily has her BA in English and Gender Studies and was recently admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park for an MA in English Literature! She joins the Ink Smith Publishing staff as an editorial intern at a very busy time of year!

Not only is Emily joining the Ink Smith family but, this year, she embarked on a journey to not buy any new books until she finished all of the books she already owned. And she is pleased to announce that she can finally buy new books again. She would like to thank caffeine for getting her through life and making her a more bearable person to be around.

Welcome to the family, Emily!

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Don’t Get Burnt Out!

I love music. I love to sing, I play the trumpet, and I love to listen to music. Right now, as I write this I’m listening to some 60’s pop while downloading the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby (2013). I probably use my stereo more than I do my TV.

To be perfectly honest, I’m quite mean to myself in the mornings. Sometimes I feel the need to remind myself that I could have been a great musician. But no. I chose the life I lead now. A librarian who writes books. I have played my trumpet until my lips swelled so much that when I puckered them I could touch the tip of my nose. I’ve made people cry with the beauty my singing. It was that one song I worked and worked at. But you know what the problem was? I got burnt out.

I had the opportunity to surround myself with professional musicians as a teenager. Yes,

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people who were able to put food on the table with music. They helped shape me into the talented musician I was. But you know what happens when you play yourself the same song 20 times in a row? You memorize it. The next 200 times you begin to hate it. Then the next 200 times you fall so deeply in love with the song it becomes part of you. Then suddenly it’s the night of the concert.

That’s my concern with NaNoWriMo. I chose to become a writer because writing is the one thing that put the fire in my blood like I was told playing music should. I have had both the opportunity to try to make a living from music and a living from writing. I do not regret those times but I’ve learned firsthand how easy it is to hate what you once loved. What you once lived for. Don’t sacrifice your passion for a word count. Be gentle with yourself this annual holiday and don’t get burnt out.

 

 

About Helen

Helen M. PugsleyHelen comes from a small town of twenty in eastern Wyoming. She has been passionate about writing since she was small. Helen enjoys traveling and is always thrilled to excite friends with tales of playing music on the streets for money, conversing with the drunks who frequent gutters, and the epic struggle of finding a decent bath when living in a car. Visit her on Facebook‘s War and Chess page!

Meet Monica!

Ink Smith Publishing & Native Ink Press are proud to announce the addition to our editorial team, Monica! Monica will be acting as the Creative Editorial Intern for Native Ink Press!

Monica is a senior at Framingham State University in Massachusetts and will graduate in December. She wants to work in publishing after she gets her degree and is focused on doing some editorial work. She writes poetry and posts some of her work on my Instagram, but one day she’d like to publish a chapbook for her poems.
Monica’s favorite book is Leaves of Grass, and she has an excerpt from “Song of the Open Road” tattooed on her left arm — it says, “forever alive, forever forward.” Her other favorite books are Catcher in the Rye and On The Road. Monica has a rescue dog named Hazel Mae and her idea of a perfect day is going for a walk in the woods together and then stopping at a farm stand for fruits and flowers.
“I’m really looking forward to a chance to understand what publishing is all about and participate in any way I can,” Monica said. We are so excited to welcome Monica to our team here at Ink Smith Publishing & Native Ink Press.

This Land of Monsters is ready to ship!

We are officially launching This Land of Monsters, today, October 1, 2018! Our author Tim Gabrielle will be celebrating the launch of his new novel at Walker Stalker Con at the end of October, so be sure to stop by if you are in the Atlanta area. Tim will be signing books, selling books, and talking books all weekend.

This Land of Monsters is a post-apocalyptic novel filled with zombies, danger, tyrants, and too many unsavory characters to count. But through it all our hero must learn that even in humanity’s darkest hours, there is still hope for something better.

You can purchase This Land of Monsters through Ink Smith’s website, and soon on Amazon Kindle, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Pre-order books are being printed and shipped this week, so if you already took advantage of the pre-order sale make sure to let us know when you receive your book! Post a picture of you with your copy of This Land of Monsters and tag Ink Smith Publishing and author, Tim Gabrielle!

Remember, the best gift you can give an author is a review, so make sure to review, review, review on Goodreads, and Amazon when available!

Meet Shelli Frew!

 

Shelli Frew, author of Ink Smith’s newest novel Time Sailors, may have never learned how to ride a bike but thankfully she learned how to write. Hidden away in her bedroom or seated at her kitchen table, Shelli is always prepared with a hot cup of tea and music playing. Her eclectic background is what sparked the story behind Time Sailors.

She lived in a backpacker’s hostel for a year and a half, and currently lives with 12 roommates from all over the world. The interesting and unique people she has met over the years sparked the initial idea for the story. Se spent approximately a year and a half working on Time Sailors before she finished it.

Her novel is full of quirky characters, spanning multiple cultures and decades. The people she has met through her experience as a contortionist and performer in the circus provided a lot of inspiration for those characters. “Most everyone I know in these communities is from a vastly different background, but they somehow mesh together to create these wonderful little families,” Shelli said.

Some of Shelli’s favorite books include To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. “These are all excellent science fiction books, and each interprets the mechanics of time travel in unique ways,” Shelli said.

She also loves Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson, which is a series science fiction graphic novels. Even though it is set in the distant future, Shelli finds many of the themes and stories to be relevant to today’s political climate. She is also an avid Harry Potter fan.

“The only time I’ve stayed up all night and seen the next day’s sunrise was when I got the last Harry Potter book. I read it in seven hours!”

The Last Odinian is on a roll!

The Last Odinian by Alec Arbogast is scooping up book awards! Not only did this occult mystery novel snag a spot as a finalist in the International Book Awards (Horror Fiction category), sponsored by American Book Fest, but it was also announced as a Finalist in the 2018 American Fiction Awards (Horror: Supernatural/Paranormal category), also sponsored by Ameican Book Fest!

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Arbogast shared the category with, Antitheus by G.A. Minton and Purgatorium by J.H. Carnathan, and winner Blackwell: Prequel to the Magnus Blackwell Series by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor.

The Last Odinian has the pleasure of the Reader’s Favorite seal, noting 5 Stars! But that’s not all! The Last Odinian, has just been given its third distinction as a finalist in the fantasy genre in the 2018 Red City Review Awards. They choose their winner in September, and Ink Smith is keeping its fingers crossed for another positive result!

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“I’m speechless for the recognition my book has received thus far,” Arbogast said. “Follow your dreams, friends!”

Arbogast shares the finalist list with The Speaker by Andi O’Connor and What Goes on in the Walls at Night by Andrew Schrader.

We are immensely proud of Alec and his novel, and hope to see his name and title next to the name WINNER! We will make another announcement when the contest finishes. In the meantime, add The Last Odinian to your “To Read” list on Goodreads, and order it from Ink Smith Publishing today!

The Last Odinian is a suspenseful, fantasy-driven novel with a touch of a dangerous cult is the perfect late night read. Arbogast’s creates an eerie, edge-of-your-seat adventure with twists of Scandinavian lore that tests the devotion of a man to his family. The story focuses in on Edward Koenig, not your average “hero” but instead, a man who has come to a crossroads in his familial life. Beginning his journey to find answers to his past, Pinemist Bay holds the scary truth of his future. The pacing is solid, the world building is near-perfect, and the creativity is astounding!

This Land of Monsters at Walker Stalker Con, Atlanta!

 

 

We are counting down the days until This Land of Monsters by our new author, Tim Gabrielle, releases this Fall! In addition to this anticipated release, Tim will be attending Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Georgia this year! Walker Stalker Con takes place October 26-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center (Hall A). Tim will have a table at the event and will be signing brand new copies of This Land of Monsters, an apocalyptic zombie novel with all the fixings of a suspenseful Halloween read!

Congratulations, Angela!

Our Children’s Editor Intern has just been promoted! Angela Johnson is now Native Ink Press’ Children’s Acquisitions Editor. Her amazing work ethic and incredible background has astounded us, and we are so honored that she has chosen to work with us in the effort to bring more wonderful children’s books to the Native Ink Press catalog!

Angela Johnson, Children’s Acquisitions Editor – Native Ink Press

Angela is an educator, editor, writer, and poet. She received her Masters of Fine Arts and Masters of Science in Education in New York City where she worked as an elementary school teacher. Her classroom was always filled with literature and she learned earlier on in her tenure that she wanted to edit/write children’s books. Angela has been an editor for two years and currently works as a freelance writer and poet. 

STAKED is Available for Pre-Order!

Get your copy of STAKED  by Chelsea Lynn Charters! Pre-Orders opened up June 5, 2018, with a June 22, 2018 release date. If you love vampire books or even urban fantasy with a strong female protagonist, then this is the book for you!

Lina Holiday has been hunting vampires all her life. Eager to rid the world of the blood-sucking monsters that hide in the shadows, she and her team of elite vampire hunters keep Chicago’s streets safe, but there is one vampire that she has yet to exterminate. For years Lina has tracked the ruthless vampire known as Stoney, who was responsible for killing her parents, and she will stop at nothing until she drives a stake through his heart.

However, Stoney has other plans for Lina, and when he abducts her comrades and takes them to his secluded vampire coven, she is forced to make a deal with him. Lina must sacrifice herself, and her revenge, in order to save their lives. Can Lina rescue her teammates from a fate worse than death, or will she fall prey to Stoney’s evil plan and lose the ones she loves once again?

You can order your paperback copy through Ink Smith Publishing’s website starting June 5. Books will ship after June 22. Just in time for a creepy summer read!

Upcoming Events with Lauren A.R. Masterson & Love of the Sea

You can check out the full list of events on Lauren A.R. Masterson‘s Goodreads page, and RSVP to the events via Facebook! Plenty of opportunities to grab your copy of Love of the Sea in person, and meet the creator of this underwater world!

Bad Grammar Theatre Reading
Author appearanceJune 01, 2018 07:00PM 
Book Cafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee AveChicagoILUS 

https://www.volumesbooks.com/

I will be reading at the open mic at Bad Grammar to spread more mermaid magick with Love of the Sea!
Printers Row Lit Fest
Author appearanceJune 09, 2018 10:00AM 
Outdoor Market, Printers RowChicagoILUS 

https://printersrowlitfest.org/

I will be a vendor at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest – selling copies of Love of the Sea published by Ink Smith Publishing, and art books published by Cloud Orchid Publishing!
Do312 Rock n Roll Market
Author appearanceJune 09, 2018 11:00AM 
Outdoor Market, pin 2354 N Milwaukee AveChicagoILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/events/211604396100690/

I will a vendor at the Do312 Rock n Roll Market selling my novel Love of the Sea by Ink Smith Publishing Company and art book copies from Cloud Orchid Publishing!
Printers Row Lit Fest
Author appearanceJune 10, 2018 10:00AM 
Outdoor Market, Printers RowChiagoILUS 

https://printersrowlitfest.org/

I will be a vendor at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest – selling copies of Love of the Sea published by Ink Smith Publishing, and art books published by Cloud Orchid Publishing!
Gumbo Fiction Salon Reading
Author appearanceJune 14, 2018 07:00PM 
Irish Pub, The Galway Arms 2442 N Clark StChicagoILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/GumboFictionSalon/

I will be reading at the open mic portion of Gumbo Fiction Salon and have copies of Love of the Sea available for sale and signing!
Goddess Galaxy Special Performance
June 15, 2018 10:00PM 
Nightclub, 954 W Belmont AveChicagoILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/BerlinNightclub/

I will be doing a special performance inspired by the joy of reading at the Goddess Galaxy show at Berlin Nightclub. My books will also be available for sale and signings!
Tamale Hut Cafe Featured Reader
Author appearanceJune 23, 2018 07:00PM 
Restaurant, Tamale Hut Café 8300 W Cermak RdRiversideILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/events/207270159823370/

I will be the featured reader at the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading, and celebrating the release of my novel Love of the Sea by Ink Smith Publishing Company with a little mermaid magick! Open mic at Tamale Hut Cafe for 10 minute reading slots to all other readers. Copies of Love of the Sea will be available for sale and I will be available for signings.
Bad Grammar Theatre Reading
Author appearanceJuly 06, 2018 07:00PM 
Book Cafe, Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 NChicagoILUS 

https://www.volumesbooks.com/

I will be reading at the open mic at Bad Grammar to spread more mermaid magick with Love of the Sea!
No Shush Salon Featured Reader
Author appearanceSeptember 27, 2018 06:30PM 
Library, 845 Gunderson AveOak ParkILUS 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1031528163652976/

I will be the featured reader at No Shush Salon, and celebrating the release of my novel Love of the Sea by Ink Smith Publishing Company with a little mermaid magick! Open mic at No Shush Salon for 10 minute reading slots to all other readers. Copies of Love of the Sea will be available for sale and I will be available for signings. Official Sign Up Page: http://oppl.evanced.info/msignup/deta…