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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!

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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!

The Last Odinian Finalist in International Book Awards!

33618733_10216745662903259_1066578269521838080_nInk Smith Publishing is honored to announce our congratulations to our author Alec Arbogast! His novel, The Last Odinian, has been selected as a finalist in the International Book Awards, sponsored by American Book Fest.

“I’m truly honored, humbled, excited, and frankly, somewhat baffled to announce that my book was just announced as a finalist in the 2018 International Book Awards! I was chosen alongside 4 other finalists and a winner in the Horror Fiction category. Life’s been a whirlwind for the last few months and I don’t think this has really hit me yet, but it’s more than I could ever ask for from my debut novel! Congratulations to the other finalists, this is a very exciting time!” Arbogast posted on his Facebook page.

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The Last Odinian placed as a finalist in the Fiction: Horror genre. He was selected alongside winner, Knuckle Balled by Drew Stepek (Blood Bound Books), Antitheus by G.A. Minton (World Castle Publishing), Eve of Redemption by Tom Mohan (BHC Press), Stage 3 by Ken Stark (Severed Press), and The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W. Harrill (Creativia).

The Last Odinian now has the pleasure of the Reader’s Favorite seal, noting 5 Stars! We are so proud of Alec and all of his hard work to bring The Last Odinian to life. This 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! Add it to your “To Read” list on Goodreads, and order it from Ink Smith Publishing today!

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Debris is available for Pre-Order!

Have you heard the news? Debris by L.M. Brown is available for Pre-Order on Ink-Smith.com & AmazonDebris releases on April 13, so make sure to pre-order your copy as soon as you can.

Debris is L.M. Brown’s debut coming-of-age novel with Ink Smith Publishing.

Front_Debris BookAndre blames himself for his mother’s death–and believes his father does too. After months of difficulty, Andre flees his family home to live with his aunt where he meets troubled-teen, Erin McEvoy. Erin’s mother disappeared a year ago, and she is certain that her abusive father is to blame. But when Andre starts to investigate, nothing is as it seems. Erin’s story doesn’t match up to the facts he’s uncovered, and Andre begins to understand that she is not the only one on the estate with secrets.

In this coming of age novel, love and loyalty are tested and we find that there are monsters and heroes hiding in the unlikeliest of places.

 

 

 

Check out our editor’s short review on Goodreads, and make sure to add your own! DebrisDebris by L.M. Brown

Delving into the psyche of teens who have experienced loss, Debris is a great coming of age story. The characters are real, flawed, and relatable. L.M. Brown brings raw emotion to the surface as each character deals with his/her own demons, and reality itself.

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A Writing Prompt from Rob Burton

Dr. Rob Burton was a professional sociologist for over 25 years at the University of Exeter, the Open University and the University of Plymouth. Now semi-retired Rob works in Nanjing, China teaching English and writing novels.  He has authored many academic articles and recently published, with a Chinese co-author, a crammer for Chinese students who wish to succeed with their IELTS speaking test. His first novel ‘Meditations on Murder’ is available now on Amazon as an ebook or paperback.

His novels are firmly set in the Urban Fantasy genre where he brings his experiences of traveling the world and his academic interest in Cornwall, the Cornish and the Celtic world to the fore.

Rob has an 18-year-old daughter back in the UK. Snook Doggy Dog, a female Jack Russell that he took with him to China and features in his books.

Burton provided a fun writing prompt for those of you searching for your next project, looking to get in some writing exercise, or need to take a break from a project you are experiencing some writer’s block with. Off we go! Remember, give yourself at least 30 minutes to write after reading a prompt. If it goes longers, hooray! If not, you’ve at least given your brain a challenging break.

Is the Monkey King the world’s most popular superhero?

“Cloud-leaping, shape-shifting, demon-killing and magic staff-wielding, the Monkey King is perhaps the most enduring figure in Chinese literature and folklore. He is the ultimate bad-boy made good – he causes havoc in heaven, uproar under the sea, returns from the dead to continue his mischief, and even survives the fires of heaven. He is so powerful, only the Buddha can subdue him, but in the end, he finds redemption as the faithful servant and protector of the saintly monk Xuanzang, who is on a pilgrimage to collect scriptures.” (from the British Council Website courtesy of Rob Burton.)

 

Thank-you to Ink Smith Publishing for introducing us to this new author! You can check out an excerpt of Rob Burton’s work tomorrow. It will be posted on this blog!

Guest Author Interviews!

Hello everyone!

Ink Smith Publishing would like to help authors reach more readers! With an increase in staffing, we have decided to begin Guest Author Interviews on our blog (The Inkwell & Quill) and want to offer the opportunity to all of you.

I will also be posting your interviews on a separate blog, TBA, so that we can boost our SEO a bit. This blog is in the works!

This is no charge! We only ask that you share your interview with your social media following so that we can both generate some traffic. 

If you are interested in being interviewed, please e-mail: EditorInkSmithPublishing@gmail.com with your last name and author interview in the subject line (EX. ANDERSON, AUTHOR INTERVIEW). I will send you a form to fill out and send back. Please make sure to fill it out as thoroughly as possible.

*There are no restrictions on what kind of books you publish!

We look forward to hearing from you all!

Sincerely,
Corinne Anderson
Managing/Acquisitions Editor
Ink Smith Publishing

Q and A with Alec Arbogast!

Inksmith Publishing would like to offer a warm welcome to our new author Alec Arbogast, author of The Last Odinian! Below are some questions he has answered for us to help get to know him better!

Message from Alec: Hello! It’s nice to meet you. Thank you for reading, and let us share in our love of storytelling together.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Even though they aren’t single stories, my favorites would be The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, and also The Great American Short Story Collection. They have both had a great impact on me. Regarding single, full-length stories, I first read The Shining by Stephen King when I was a teenager. It became a sort of catalyst for my creative mind, introducing me to the immense world of storytelling, the concept of tasteful, imaginative horror. It made me aware and reflect on the struggle between good and evil, and the grey area between the two.

Q: What is your favorite food? Favorite color?

A: My favorite color is blue, and I love Thai food.

Q: What/whom is your favorite mythical creature?

A: This is a hard answer to narrow down. Recently, I’ve been drawn to Slavic and Norse mythology. However, Medusa from Greek mythology is my overall favorite. She’s a singular, terrifying creature, who can make quick work of almost anything or anyone- even the Titans.

Q: Can you share a little of any of your current work(s) with us?

A: I have three writing projects I’m currently working on. One is an action-adventure novel revolving around an elite group of soldiers; one is a story that blends elements of time travel, mystery, and horror; and the other is a gangster drama set in post-Civil War America.

Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

A:  I find quite a few aspects of writing challenging, but it’s always a good challenge. I’m drawn to historical fiction, and in these stories it’s a challenge to make sure I’m accurately representing the event while also molding it to fit my narrative. Pacing is another struggle as well, as I find it tends to do one of two things: the narrative flow develops naturally or can be hard to keep on track. Almost like an intractable horse, I feel like sometimes I have to nudge it in the right direction while it wanders off.

Q: Did you learn anything from your book(s)?

A: I learned the forbearance and discipline it takes to finish a full-length book, which can be equally an exhilarating and daunting process. I stretched myself intellectually at the same time as discovering who I was as an artist and what message I’d like to be sending. I also learned the worlds you create are a tenable space in your mind and can leave a mark on your soul.

Q: What inspired you to write your first book?

A: The Last Odinian originally came to me on a whim, to be honest. I started writing it knowing the setting and atmosphere I wanted—the haunting forests of the Pacific Northwest–and developed a narrative around that (almost similar to The Twilight Zone).

Q: Do you remember how your interest in writing began?

A:  I’ve always been interested in the function of stories, and produced some short films in school with a few friends. I didn’t discover the writing form of stories until a few years ago.

Q: Do you have a specific writing style?

A: My style varies from story to story, actually. I try to find a voice that feels right with each individual story, and the characters within. I think my prose tends to have a grounding in the contemporary style while borrowing from romanticism and transcendentalism.

Q: Who is your favorite author? What really strikes you about their work?

A: I have many favorites, but I’ll try and narrow it down. On the classic side, I admire Edgar Allan Poe’s complex prose. He tackles haunting subjects, like the inescapable reality of death, in a truly singular way. Edith Wharton made me a lifetime fan based on just one of her short stories, Afterward, due to her unique style. On the contemporary side, Stephen King has influenced me with his unending creativity, and I respect his voracious need to tell stories. His characters are always vivid and three-dimensional, and he has a pragmatic approach I admire. Craig Johnson has a sort of straight-forward and laconic approach to his prose, but it’s riddled with sardonic insight.

Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?

A: Find a writing process that speaks to you. Some people prefer a meticulous preparation: a diligent outline, layers of notes detailing each character, the narrative mapped out beforehand, etc. Others prefer a more organic process wherein the narrative, characters, subplot, and all the other details just flow naturally. And these are just two examples of the compositional process- everyone develops their own process. Another tip is to be true to your story. Don’t let your own moral standards and ideologies overly influence your characters or narrative. It’s important to realize the difference between who you are and what you create within your writing. On a similar note, don’t be too concerned with your audience or their opinion of you based on your writing. Write how you want and what you want, and your creations will be truer. Finally, your final story will likely be quite different from how you originally wanted it to be, and that’s okay.

 

An Excerpt from The Last Odinian

 Seeing him in plain sight was an abhorrently different experience than through the peephole of his hotel room. Light and shadow played across Kendric’s mutilated face like a symphony of horror as he stood under the bar lights. Koenig forced the coffee down his throat and exhaled. Like a boxer caught off guard, he didn’t know whether to swing a punch or duck for cover. For a moment he just stared at the decrepit man, and the man stared right back, his one working eye fixed on Koenig. Words came to him at last, and he steadied his voice… “Any final thoughts?”

Submissions Now Open for 2017!

It’s that time of year again! Ink Smith Publishing has opened submissions for 2017! Genres accepted can be found on our website: www.ink-smith.com/submissions. We love fantasy, so if you do not see your specific fictional genre listed, we encourage you to submit to us anyway. There are so many fiction genres (particularly hyper-specific genres) that we cannot list them all.

But, please note, we do not accept non-fiction or children’s (12 years and under) titles at Ink Smith. For non-fiction/children’s titles please submit to Native Ink Press. Guidelines and requirements apply to Native Ink Press as well.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be accepted January 1 – July 30 each year, with a closed reading period beginning August 1. 

  • Novellas must be 30,000 to 50,000 words and novels must be at least 50,000+ words.
  • No fan fiction.
  • No short stories.
  • Manuscripts must be polished. No first drafts or incomplete manuscripts.
  • Manuscripts that you submit cannot be previously self-published.
  • No attachments in the email.
  • No manuscripts on first query. *We will request your manuscript if we are interested in moving forward.*
  • No non-fiction titles.
  • No children’s books aimed at ages 12 and under.
  • No submissions from outside the U.S./Canada at this time.

Submit Your Book Query

Please follow ALL guidelines below. Submissions not meeting submission guidelines are automatically rejected regardless of the quality of the work submitted.

  1. Title Your email: Query, Your Last Name, Title of Your Book
  2. Cover letter: Tell us about yourself. Please include current address, as we use this to verify that you are currently residing in the U.S. or Canada.
  3. Story information: Genre, Word Count, etc.
  4. Synopsis: no longer than 1 page, please.
  5. Your marketing plan! In the event we move forward with your manuscript for publication, please note that we expect our authors to be active in the marketing of their titles alongside our efforts. Your ideas, opinions and comfort level with marketing tools are essential for us to develop a marketing plan that works for you and your book.
  6. The first three chapters of your story copied and pasted into the body of the email. (NO ATTACHMENTS)
  7. Send your query to submissions@ink-smith.com!

As a final reminder: NOT FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC REJECTION.

The Funeral Portrait Gets a New Cover!

If you haven’t heard yet, The Funeral Portrait by Vincent Viñas has received a facelift!

The Funeral Portrait is a fictional, literary satire packed full of humor!

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Guy doesn’t smile easily. He could be described as fundamentally glum. Tallulah doesn’t die easily. She could be described as annoyingly immortal. What if you wanted to die but were unable to? Such is the case with Guy Edwards and Tallulah Leigh, who want to end their miserable lives for different reasons. The only problem is, she’s been stricken with an unexplained (and unwelcome) case of immortality while he lacks that final, sorrowful piece of inspiration he needs to effectively do himself in. What better way to solve this dilemma than to help kill each other. However, a bigger problem has emerged–one of them is falling in love with the other. They’ll now have to decide what is a more frightening option–dying or taking one last shot at happiness? The Funeral Portrait is a very dark and comedic (but often horrific) tale about two lost souls who find each other and soon realize the only thing that may be worse than death is commitment.

Ready to read the book yet? If so, click here and get your copy today! And don’t forget, the best gift you can give a talented author is a review, so if you read Vincent’s amazing novel make sure to stop by Goodreads  and Amazon and leave a review!

 

What You Know vs. Branching Out

When I was first starting out as a writer, people constantly told me to “write what you know.” That makes a lot of sense. Writing what you know gives your story a solid basis in reality, accurate reality.

What do I mean by accurate reality? You can create any reality you want as a writer. A world where dogs live on the moon, where people are born with hands as their ears–any world you want. But it has to make sense, it has to be believable. Connection to the reader matters.

One of the reasons people love books, is the idea that it represents someone or something they can connect with in addition to reading for enjoyment. Even though your manuscript falls into the fiction category, it doesn’t mean the entire book is made up. Relationships, people, emotions: they are based in reality.

I came across this conundrum during a class in my master’s program at Lindenwood University. We read the book, Rose Metal Press Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers and Writers in the field. It talked about truths and making sure that when you are writing about certain types of people that you get them accurate. (A great source for writers – in addition to the Writing Flash Non-Fiction edition as well!)

If you aren’t someone who is intimate with the particular group of people you are writing about, than you need to be careful about writing about them. You don’t want to misrepresent their culture just because you felt like writing about them one morning. This goes for any group or culture–misrepresentation does two things: offends the group you are misrepresenting and provides inaccurate information to people who are not familiar with said group/culture.

The basis of belief for Quakers, is that God exists in every person, and therefore should be treated in accordance with that belief. LGBTQ have their own slang, different parts of the U.S. have different accents, it is impolite in some countries to wear your shoes into the house–these facts may seem inconsequential to someone who is on the outside of these groups, but is essential in the representation of the culture.

So, if you are looking to write about the Aboriginals – do your research, make sure you understand their way of life. If you can, submerge yourself in the culture, talk to some of the people. Experience is the strongest learning tool.

Make sure you understand them and their way of life before you write. In essence,  the notion of “write what you know” is 100 percent accurate. You may want to write something new, but make sure you do the research and write the truth!

Happy writing, and happier researching!

 

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Corinne is an editor at Ink Smith Publishing, with an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. 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. Her belief is that if you have a problem, it’s nothing that a good book can’t solve. She is currently pursuing her MPS in Publishing at George Washington University, editing for Ink Smith Publishing, and hoping that her blog posts here will help writers improve and publish their work.