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Say Hello to Eric Marsh!

Eric Marsh, Editorial Fiction Intern – Ink Smith Publishing

Eric Marsh’s fiction has appeared in The Bicycle Review and 12th Street Literary Journal. He received a B.A. in Creative Writing from The New School where he was a Riggio Honors Fellow. He has lived in Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Portland, and Los Angeles where he is now working on his second novel.

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Meet Rachel Allcock!

Rachel Allcock, Editorial Fantasy Intern – Ink Smith Publishing

Rachel recently graduated with her B.A. in the Arts, majoring in English with Creative Writing Emphasis and a minor in History. She grew up around literature ever since entering the hallowed halls of the library and bookstores. She has been interested in book publishing ever since her third-grade trip to a bookbinding facility. Her love for words influenced her overactive imagination to someday bring her own characters and stories to life, with hopes to be published. Reading and writing give Rachel a passionate and compassionate purpose in life. Rachel believes books provide life lessons and assistance when one suffers from harsh world realities. Her current project with Ink Smith is with Nicki Cusumano and her debut novel Death’s Smile!

Book Submissions to Close July 1st 2014

We wanted to let you know that we will be closing submissions on July 1st 2014 until January 1st 2015.

Our imprint Native Ink Press will still be open to submissions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email.

Contact@ink-smith.com

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Any submission sent after July 1st 2014 will not be reviewed until January 1st 2014.

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Book Release Day at Ink Smith Publishing: The Ghosts of Aquinnah

The last book of 2013 has been released today!

The Ghosts of Aquinnah by Julie Flanders is now avaliable in both print and ebook.

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By: Julie Flanders

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama

Release Date: December 5th 2013

 

A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

 Why? …

 Who is she? …

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects…

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

 

Get your copy today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: Five Corners: The Marked Ones by Cathi Shaw

Ink Smith Publishing’s February Release now has an official cover! 

I am proud to release to you, the cover for: 

Five Corners: The Marked Ones

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Here is a little bit about The Marked Ones:

By: Cathi Shaw

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Release Date: February 6th 2014

Growing up in a sleepy village untouched by distant wars and political conflicts, it was easy for Thia, Mina and Kiara to forget such horrors existed in the Five Corners. That is until the dead child is found; a child that bears the same strange birthmark that all three sisters possess. A Mark their mother had always told them was unique to the girls.

Kiara’s suspicions grow as their Inn is soon overrun with outsiders from all walks of life. Strangers, soldiers and Elders who all seem to know more about what is happening than the girls do.

After Mina barely survives an attack in the forest, the sisters are faced with a shattering secret their mother has kept from them for years. As danger closes in around them, the sisters are forced from their home and must put their trust in the hands of strangers.  With more questions than answers, Kiara finds herself separated from everyone she loves and reliant on an Outlander who has spent too much time in army. She doesn’t trust Caedmon but she needs him if she has any hope of being reunited with her sisters and learning what the Mark might mean.

October 2013 Book Release

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By Alex Billedeaux

 

Ink Smith Publishing’s October release The Hunter, Grayleer takes us on the journey following a monster hunter, Michael Grayleer.

 

 

 

 

 

There are twisted creatures, hiding in the darkness. In the deep woods, the abandoned barn, the back alley, the empty apartment next door. Some control minds or weather, others dabble with lost souls and possession. They have preyed on the unwary for centuries and are only satiated by the next victim they take.

But they have not gone unnoticed…

 

There are Hunters, scouring just at the edge of the light. Michael Grayleer is one such man. Shotgun in hand, Grayleer tracks down whispers of attacks, finding the perpetrator and removing them before they can hurt anyone else. It is not so cut and dry these days, especially since Grayleer’s prey has found a new orchestrator. Grayleer is not the Hunter anymore. They are being sicked on him, one by one, until he either dies or turns to find protection at the hands of men that he would have never put trust in before. As he watches his new friends slowly lose themselves into the ruthless kills that his job requires, he is forced to wonder whether his Hunt is just – or even forgivable.

 

Get your copy today!

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Before You Submit: Research The Publisher

Submitting your manuscript to a publisher is scary. Will they like it? Will this be it? Will I finally be a published author? Many times authors find themselves submitting over and over again but never receiving anything more than a rejection letter.

But Why?

Before You Submit is a small series of things you should do before sending off your hard work to a publisher. It may save a lot of heartache.

Research the Publisher or Publishers:

One critical thing to understand is that no to publishing companies or houses are the same. The editors, the people behind the submission reading, all go through the same thing. Submission after submission that did not follow their guidelines. Many editors and companies do not respond to those stories that they reject, which can be very hard to take. Others are kind enough to let you know that they will not be moving forward with your story. This at least lets you know you can move on and try another company.

But before you do, you should stop yourself and ask “Why was I rejected?”

Many times authors do not realize that not adhering to publishers guidelines will result in automatic rejection. There are websites that make it great for authors to find publishers by compiling them in a list with some information about the publisher. Many times these websites include both the submissions email and the website.

Don’t submit right away.

Research.

  • What does the publisher request?
  • How many pages does the publisher request? First three chapters? 50 pages?
  • Verify the acceptable list of genres by the publisher.
  • Research about what the company is about. (try to include a little bit about that in your cover letter)
  • Find the submission reader’s name. Address your email to them.
  • If the publisher asks for no attachments, DO NOT ATTACH ANYTHING. (This is many times the reason of a rejection)

From the publisher’s point of view:

If the author can’t follow directions when submitting, then why would I want to work with them any further?

Submission guidelines are not there just to be ignored.

Before You Submit: Understanding What It Takes