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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. 

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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!

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.

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…