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About the Inkwell & Quill Blog

We are the editors of Ink Smith and Native Ink. We, like everyone else, are human. I think many times we forget that publishers are people too. We want to one day take on the big publishers, but we want to be unique in our own way. Ink Smith isn’t a factory of authors but rather a family of authors. We take pride in the books we select for publishing, as the rates for receiving a contract is about 4-5%. We communicate through different means which includes email and our Ink Smith/Native Ink Facebook group. Why Facebook? This gives our authors a more personal platform which creates a unique bond between each other. This is the “family” aspect. They work together, encourage each other, and in a way become friends. It’s like co-workers in an office. Instead of just having their books on a page together, they work together, sharing different ideas, talking about different writing topics and help promote each other. With that being said, we will make spelling errors, use shorthand grammar and put in a LOL every so often.

Here at the Inkwell and Quill, we want to promote our authors, their work, talk about writing and the publishing industry. Sometimes we talk about things that authors do during the submission process that will get them the fast track to a rejection and other times we see things that authors do that we feel others should know about. Of course most important, you must keep in mind that every publisher is different and doing research on each publisher can result in less rejection. We are trying to help the best we can, even if your book doesn’t find a home at Ink Smith Publishing or Native Ink Press.


About Our Staff


Corinne Anderson, Acquisitions/Managing Editor

Corinne graduated with her MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University after completing her B.A. in Journalism, and recently completed her MPS in Publishing at George Washington University. When she isn’t buried in books she’s devouring them, editing them, or making up her own. Corinne has been a copy-editor, headline writer, Editor-in-Chief and when needed, a book designer. Since her first trip to the library when she was a toddler, Corinne has been collecting books, recommending her favorites, and providing commentary on the less-than-stellar. Corinne’s belief is that if you have a problem, it’s nothing that a good book can’t solve.


V.J.O Gardner, Layout Editor

Valerie is an award winning author of several books including Dracona’s Rebirth published by Ink Smith. In college, she studied writing and fantasy lit before graduating with an Associates degree in Communication. She has done editing, formatting and been a writing coach. Valerie has been an invited speaker at events like Comic Con, FanX and writer’s conferences as an expert in world building. She is currently working on a new series with help and hindrance from her cats. Although she writes young adult books they are loved by those who are young at heart.




About Ink Smith Publishing

Ink Smith Publishing is a small independent publishing house with big dreams. Our authors and editors work closely together to develop their books, marketing plans, and sales. We tiptoed through our first year, 2012, with only two books published. However, we have focused on preparing and publishing more books each year as we get a little older. Our books have sold internationally, including Canada and the UK.

We work openly with our authors and connect on all social mediums including email, Facebook, and texts. It may not be the traditional form of communication that other publishers use, but it allows our authors to get those eager questions answered as soon as possible. Further providing the dedication to our authors that we try our hardest to bring. We are a paying publisher offering a starting rate of 13% royalties for print books and 18% for e-books.

Originally, we wanted to focus our efforts specifically on three genres. However, as we grew we realized we wanted to publish interesting stories readers would enjoy. Scream If You Wanna Go Faster was the second book we signed. We decided to publish it not because it was just well written, but because we knew people wanted to read a great story with memorable characters and an exciting journey. It’s simple, it’s not about the genre or perfect writing here at Ink Smith, but the warm feeling you get as you finish reading a great book.

About Native Ink Press

Native Ink Press is the non-fiction and children’s book imprint of Ink Smith Publishing.

Native Ink Press is dedicated to publishing the best in non-fiction and children’s books. Starting in 2013, Native Ink Press has a very small acceptance rate and looks for the best stories out there.

The first book in Native Ink Press’ catalog released in February 2014.

Just like Ink Smith Publishing, Native Ink Press is dedicated to its authors and creating a close relationship with each and every one. Together we can build a great foundation for selling books to eager readers.

For submission requirements, please visit our website: www.nativeinkpress.com/submissions-2/.

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