Poetry Takeover Submissions Extended!

Submissions deadline has been EXTENDED to March 25, 2019, 11:59PM EST. 

National Poetry Month is Coming! 

In honor of Poetry Month this year, Ink Smith Publishing will be accepting poetry submissions to feature on our blog! All genres are being accepted, no restrictions on length, and there is no need to be a previously published author. If you would like to participate in our takeover please follow the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Poems should be formatted in .doc, .rxt, or .pdf format.
  2. Submissions should be emailed to: editorinksmithpublishing@gmail.com. APRIL POETRY SUBMISSION should be utilized in the subject line of the email.
  3. Please include a short bio (no more than 200 words) about yourself and where to find your poetry. You may include social media handles as well, we’d love to be able to link to you when we post!
  4. You may also include a head shot, but it is not required. Please make sure if you do include a head shot it is in .jpeg or .png format, and is a business professional photo.
  5. While there are no restrictions on length, topic, or content, we do ask that the poetry be tasteful and tactful. Ink Smith reserves the right to reject any poetry that is unnecessarily vulgar or offensive.
  6. Ink Smith plans to post as many poems as possible, but do not promise that your submission will be posted on the site.
  7. There is no fee associated with this takeover and poets are encouraged to submit multiple works.

 

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Welcome, J. Edward Hackett!

Ink Smith Publishing welcomes, author J. Edward Hackett to the Ink Smith family, with his debut novel The Flight of the Ravenhawk which will be available Spring 2019. Pre-orders will go live on the Ink Smith website in April.

J. Edward Hackett, Ph.D. is an academic philosopher at Savannah State University who rather than engage in metaphysical speculation in process metaphysics is off building magick systems in his world of Apeiron. Fantasy fiction is itself an exploration of concepts in extreme for him. In fantasy this exploration is limited only by the imagination in much the same way that philosopher employs the intellectual imagination to solve problems that science, common sense, religion, or art cannot solve on their own.

In his debut novel, Flight of the Ravenhawk, Apeiron is a world as boundless as its origin coming from Anaximander’s fragments. Wizard nobles vie for power in the Allurian Empire. Airships shoot lightning cannons. Elven archers fly atop griffins, and a dwarven kingdom is buried deep in the mountains far from elven or human spires. At the same time, Ed’s fiction cannot help but be inspired and instantiated by concepts that come from ancient, modern, and 19th and 20th philosophical systems of thought. It’s in his blood.

Ed grew up scattered across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. Born in Lakewood, NJ and spending most of his life north of Pittsburgh, PA, Ed has been traveling to other worlds since he bought the Star Wars D6 RPG book by West End Games and Mage: the Ascension from White Wolf as a teenager. He grew up on Magic the Gathering, 80s fantasy movies, and many comics of the 90s amidst the rust belt of Western Pennsylvania.

Although a professor, Ed still goes to imaginary worlds with his friends at the age of 39. He’s in a classic AD&D game. His philosophizing meshes with the sensitivity to imaginary worlds. Just recently, he contributed an article about environmental ethics and the animated movie Wall-E in the upcoming Disney and Philosophy. He’s edited another pop culture and philosophy volume called House of Cards and Philosophy, co-edited an academic volume on phenomenology entitled Phenomenology for the 21st Century. He also published his first solo academic book called Persons and Values in Pragmatic Phenomenology (2018).  When asked if she was a philosopher once, the great Simone De Beauvoir said, “No, I’m a writer.” Upon hearing that many years ago, Ed has tried to write for many audiences and emulate her example.

Ed has been married to his wife, Ashley, since July 30th 2016. They live in Savannah, a magickal place in its own right and before that they lived in Cleveland. They have two cats: Olive and Lulu. Ed absorbs the sunlight of the beach, practices zazen, and while writing and teaching philosophy and other courses in the humanities, he shoots landscape photography. Despite all of this, his greatest joy is teaching and writing. “Writing fiction is simply being philosophical with narratives rather than directly talking about concepts.”

Submissions Open for April 2019 Poetry Takeover

National Poetry Month is Coming! 

In honor of Poetry Month this year, Ink Smith Publishing will be accepting poetry submissions to feature on our blog! All genres are being accepted, no restrictions on length, and there is no need to be a previously published author. If you would like to participate in our takeover please follow the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Poems should be formatted in .doc, .rxt, or .pdf format.
  2. Submissions should be emailed to: editorinksmithpublishing@gmail.com. APRIL POETRY SUBMISSION should be utilized in the subject line of the email.
  3. Please include a short bio (no more than 200 words) about yourself and where to find your poetry. You may include social media handles as well, we’d love to be able to link to you when we post!
  4. You may also include a head shot, but it is not required. Please make sure if you do include a head shot it is in .jpeg or .png format, and is a business professional photo.
  5. While there are no restrictions on length, topic, or content, we do ask that the poetry be tasteful and tactful.
  6. Ink Smith plans to post as many poems as possible, but do not promise that your submission will be posted on the site.
  7. There is no fee associated with this takeover and poets are encouraged to submit multiple works.

Deadline to submit poetry is March 15th. 

Walker Stalker Con/Heroes & Villains FanFest Giveaway!

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Are you in the Chicago, Illinois area? Or have you ever wanted to attend a Walker Stalker Con in a big city? Well, here is your chance to get free tickets and a signed copy of Tim’s novel This Land of Monsters!

Our author, Tim Gabrielle, is giving away two general admissions tickets for Saturday, April 20th! These tickets are for the Walker Stalker Con / Heroes & Villains FanFest in Chicago, Illinois. This is a joint show, meaning that you’ll not only get to see fan favorites from The Walking Dead but you’ll also get to see favorites from ArrowThe FlashThe Haunting of Hill House, and American Horror Story! The winner will also receive a signed copy of This Land of Monsters!

To enter, head over to Tim’s site: authortimgabrielle.com and follow the easy instructions. Don’t forget to Follow/Like Tim on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Please note, you must be 18 years or older to participate. Copy of This Land of Monsters must be picked up at the event. Winner will be announced Friday, February 8th at 8:00pm.

 

Grey Stone Hit Bookbub, Today!

Have you not read our werewolf legend, Grey Stone, yet? Do you love e-books? Well, you’re in luck! Grey Stone hit Bookbub today and is on sale for $0.99 in e-book format. Get your discounted copy soon, and don’t forget Grey Lore, its companion, is also on sale for $2.99.

After you download and read our YA werewolf origin story, make sure to leave us a note on our website, Amazon, and/or Goodreads!

Enjoy!

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!

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!”