7 Days left For Submissions!

This is a very quick shout out to all the writers out there.

There are 7 days left to get your book submission in to Ink Smith Publishing for consideration. Any books submitted after July 1st will be read starting January 1st 2015. Please share the word! We want to give everyone a fair chance and enough notice.

Please follow all submission guidelines, or use our form.


Ink Smith Publishing is seeking a PR/Marketing Intern


Ink Smith Publishing and its imprint Native Ink Press are budding publishing companies. Together they publish both fiction and nonfiction.

Ink Smith Publishing was founded in 2012. It is now growing steady with over 15+ fiction titles.
Native Ink Press was founded in 2013 and has 5 nonfiction and children’s books.

Both publishing companies are traditional companies looking to make a difference in the industry.

We are building a PR/Marketing department. We are looking for someone who can come new ideas.
Our goal is to get our authors more coverage nation wide.
This is a non-paying internship that can turn into a paying position if sales increase.
We are looking for someone to do marketing with our PR intern. Candidates must be able to manage their time and preform duties on their own. There are no set hours, just deadline dates.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and sample marketing package that you would do per book or author.


Email and work with our authors regularly.
Work with book reviewers.
Schedule book interviews
Get authors in newspapers and magazines
Schedule radio and TV interviews
Grow our contact list
Post blogs about marketing
Work with the authors
Tailor a campaign per author and book

General Overview: Get our authors more media coverage and increase sales.

Weekly duties can take 12-15 hours a week depending on your time management.


Bachelors Degree or working on one in any related field.
Must type at least 50 WPM
Must be familiar with social media websites: Goodreads, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, WordPress
Must be able to work at home and manage their time.
Must complete tasks by the deadline.
Must be a go getter and creative.
Takes initiative.

To Apply please send in your cover letter, resume and sample book marketing package to contact@ink-smith.com.

Submissions are closing for the year!

If you haven’t heard yet, Ink Smith Publishing will be closing on July 1st 2014. Submissions will remain close till January 2015 (tentatively). 

We noticed a few submissions do not follow our guidelines. To make this easier, we have created a submission form. Fill it out and press submit. Now fewer books and authors will be rejected for failing to follow guidelines! 

We accept all genres except for Romance novels and strong politic novels. We look forward to reading your submission! 

Jamallah Bergman- Guest Author Interview

Jamallah Bergman

Website: http://jamallahbergmansstoriesoflove.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamallahbergmanauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/silentbutloud1
Book Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jamallah-Bergman/e/B006HT16WY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Publisher Name: Secret Cravings Publishing

Question: What inspired you to write your first book?

“Well my first book “”If…Only You Knew”” was a story that came about by way of me dealing with some issues in my life that really made me want to write this story. I was dealing with alot of issues as far as my health and it got me to thinking about how I had wished things could have been better in my life and stuff. It was a pretty grey period that I am glad I don’t have to go down that road anymore.
I had been thinking about someone from my past that meant a great deal to me when I was in high school. I didn’t really enjoy going to high school much less school period because from the time I was in 3rd grade up until I graduated from high school, I was bullied by my classmates on a daily basis. But there was always a ray of sunshine when I ran into my friend, who I have named him “”J”” because as of to this day, he doesn’t know that my 1st book was written with him in mind.
He was a jokester, a funny man, he was also very handsome and popular with everyone and I called him my good friend. I had a tendency to make friends with alot of guys (most of which played sports or where very popular) and he was one of the many. He never treated me badly, never called me names or anything like the others. He treated me like an equal which I really cherished alot. As I got to know “”J””, I developed feeling for him, which was not common for me because I had the knack for having crushes on guys that I knew I could never get with and eventually I would get heartbroken over the outcome, which was me getting hurt.
Well this is what happened with “”J”” for I had fallen hard for the guy but I didn’t want to lose my friendship with him because, as I said, our friendship meant the world to me and I decided to never tell him how I felt. He went onto graduated from high school and I never got the chance to tell him exactly how much of an important part of my life he was.
I decided to write about this because there are people who have felt like I have, where they are too shy and too timid for they’ve been through so much in their lives that they are afraid to say anything to the one person that they want to tell their feelings for. I based it on my own experience with “”J”” because I know there are plenty of people out there who wished they would have had a second chance in telling their feelings for the one they love.”

Question: Do you have a specific writing style?

“I usually get my ideas from one of the following things:
1. Talking with people
2. A picture I’ve seen
3. A idea that pops up if I hear a song

I really don’t have a style, I start off with the characters and if I feel like I know what they will look like, I write it down and then build up everything else about the people from there. I also think up their names, along with the secondary names of characters too.
Really and truly it’s no big thing for me because the ideas pop up automatically.”

Question: What are your current projects?

“Right now I am in the midst of several things, most importantly I am finishing up on the 4th and final book in my The Ciprianos of Kellington series “”Federico””.

I am also in the midst of two other stories right now, one I’m very passionate about as well as another that I know will be very emotional.”

Question: Do you have any advice for other writers?

“Never give up on what you believe in.
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t write and that writing is nothing because I’ve had people tell me that and made me weary about even becoming a writer. People will want to drag you down and make you feel that you can’t do what you’ve always set your mind and heart to do.

Also don’t get discouraged over a bad review…….I know easier said than done for I’ve had bad reviews myself from people who have read my work and its very hurtful to see your work being down played and basically torn down by someone. It’s hard reading them because you’ve put so many hours of work into your story, only to have a some leave remarks about how bad it is. I’ve been discouraged plenty of times by comments about how people hated what I’ve written but I’ve also had some who have contacted me about how they love my work and how much the stories and characters meant to them. For those people, I write for.”

The Journey To Wondercon, Update #3… The Final Stretch


It’s Monday. That means I only have tonight, tomorrow morning and evening and Wednesday to finish up what ever I have left before we go to setup at the Anaheim Convention Center. That isn’t very much time given I will also be studying for my Real Estate License Exam that I will be taking on Wednesday. I don’t know what I was thinking when I scheduled the exam for this week and not next! The combination of stress from both has negated each other I am afraid. Which has left me in a state of feeling at peace even though there is still stuff to be done and information to learn!

I took some pictures today. I thought I’d have some fun with these updates. Today was crunch time. This weekend I spent most of the time listening to the sounds of my printer dancing back and forth to the printing of book catalogs. I did about 200 catalogs and almost emptied my ink cartridges. In retrospect, using a company like uprinting.com would have cost me into the $400s+. $16 dollars For 2,500 sheets of paper (in which I didn’t even use half of that) + 76 for the ink (mainly two colors are depleted). I am tempted to print up another 100 catalogs. I noticed a spark in eBook sales after Condor 21 with our catalogs. It might be worth it.


I was in the process of putting them together. They are missing their final touches in this picture!

I was in the process of putting them together. They are missing their final touches in this picture!

Today however, I did more merch. I finished the feather pens that had taken me so long to finish because of my schedule. I hand dye my own ostrich feathers. Usually I make the feathers for my hats for the Renaissance Faire, but I’ve decided to make feather pens with them… considering our logo is a quill.. I thought it would be fun and relevant! I’m pretty happy with how they turned out and I hope you like them too! I will have them on Etsy after this weekend for about 7-8 dollars each. I was going to stick to red, black, and white feathers but I figured that people might want other colors.



I also put the final touches on the book bags that I have been working very hard on. I had my team of minions to help me this morning. photo 3


So the feather pens are done, although I could do more plain white feathers if I got enough feed back suggesting that I should. The book bags are complete. I did 55 of them. The poles are painted and the last of the signs have been printed. This is the final stretch! Now my list stands at finishing putting the giant book covers on poster board, cutting them evenly, and packing. Of course I may be doing more catalogs and feathers, but that is yet to be determined.

The advice I have received on Reddit has been wonderful! Thank you to all those who have commented, helped, and suggested what to do. I feel that this is going to be a great event. I am so excited!


The Journey To Wondercon Update #1

I’ve decided to “journal” the next 14 days as we get ready for Wondercon 2014.
If you don’t know what Wondercon is, then listen up!
Wondercon is hosted by the same company who puts on the giant Comic Con in San Diego California. It is smaller compared to the 120K who attend Comic Con. About 50-60K will be in attendance at Wondercon, or maybe more! They seem to be growing every year.

Up until now, Ink Smith has only attended small book fairs. Condor 21 which was our first experience at a “con” vention had about 650 people in attendance. To our surprise we sold out of a few books and sold several book bags.

Now my dilemma is this: What to expect at an event with attendance in the thousands?

I am in the process of putting the book order together, but I don’t want to over order. I also definitely don’t want to sell out of items on the first day.

Ideally if someone has had experience with this kind of thing I would love your input!

I currently have on order 15 copies of those books that I sold out of, 10 books of those that sold one or have previously been popular at book events, and 5 of those who haven’t really drawn much attention at events. I also am planning to have 40-50 book bags for sale as well. I was told to order about 300 books for this event, but I’m a little uneasy about order that many books. On that note, we will be at other events this year. So extra books wouldn’t be an issue either.
Or should I order more?

I also will be selling Quill pens as well that I have been hand dying and making myself. I will only have a select amount of those there as time keeps eluding me.

Our position is in the back left corner. I have plans to over come this obstacle, although I’ve been told that being in the corner might be a good thing.

So thoughts? What should I do? How many should I order? Advice?

I am very excited!

2014-2015 Book Submissions


It’s been awhile since we’ve called for submissions.

We are currently looking for books to fill our 2014 and 2015 calendar! We are looking for anything but religious, political and romance novels.

We do tend to focus on sci-fi, fantasy and horror novels but we are hoping to expand our catalog for the end of the year with different… unique novels.

If you think you have a story that we may be interested, please check out our submission page and guidelines! Let us know you found this submission calling at The Inkwell and Quill.

Have a non-fiction or a children’s book? Check out our imprint, Native Ink Press, as they are also looking for 2014-2015 novels for their calendar!





First the Book Club and Now the Street Team

If you haven’t joined our book club yet, you should.


We offer the eBook version of Featured Book of the month for free to all members.

Members can review the featured book for points.

Points earned at the Book Club can be traded in for gift cards.

Now with the street team you can earn EVEN MORE by participating in the various activities listed on the website.

There are plenty of reasons for you to join! So what are you waiting for?

Join Today!

Project Keepsake is released today!

Native Ink Press is celebrating the release of their first book!

Project Keepsake is now out for sale in both paperback and ebook format!

If you are interested in writing your story for the next book in the Project Keepsake series check out :http://www.projectkeepsake.com/write/

You can purchase Project Keepsake at:



barnes and Noble and other major retailers.



Amber Lanier Nagle has always been interested in keepsakes-a glass bluebird, a pocket knife, a dime-store locket, a faded fishing lure, a dented cake pan, a model train car, and so many others.

“Why do you keep this?” she asks. “Where did it come from?”

And then she listens as the stores and memories pour out. Project Keepsake is Nagle’s crusade to collect and publish the stories that transform simple, everyday objects into priceless keepsakes. Told in first-person by both seasoned and aspiring writers, each story in the anthology is unique, yet each reveals common threads that connect us all and celebrate the glorious human experience.

“I hope the book inspires you to write your own keepsake story.” –Amber Lanier Nagle

February’s Book Releases Today

Title: The Bene Lumen Chronicles: Samhain School Of Ancient Knowledge
By: John R. McCormick
Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis: 10 years after the death of his wife Siobhan, Brian CuCullen and his two sons, Kieran and Liam, are drawn back into the mysterious world of the Bene Lumen. Brian must resume his role as Tiarnan, a warrior for the light, while his two sons must go on to attend the mist isle-school Samhain. All the children who attend this school represent generations of Bene Lumen being trained as charmers, conjurers, casters, and warriors. Thousands of years ago, it was Merlin who created Samhain for the Bene Lumen. We find that Liam and Kieran hold a special place in the school, as one might be the next Merlin, and the other the next Arthur. Samhain School of Ancient Knowledge tells the tale of the Bene Lumen and the Illuminatii a war between the dark and the light; a war between extraordinary human beings and evil creatures, demons, and warped human beings; and the CuCullen Family play an important role.