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 :

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

Native Ink Press’ Ridgewell gets a title and a new release date

For those of us not located in the North Eastern part of the United States, Ridgewell Catering is a prominent catering company that was founded by two immigrants in love during the early 20th century. They built an empire with their purple trucks catering for celebrities, presidents and those who could afford the famous purple truck to be outside their home.

For the past few months, the title has just been Ridgewell on Native Ink’s website. Well, that should be changing soon. Our now “more official” working title is to be:

The true story of a family, their tiny ‘start-up’ and the startling voyage they made in just three generations from servants to the titled to the most recognized service business in America.
This book fascinated us as it takes you through the process of immigrating to America, finding a job, fitting in and starting one of the largest catering companies on the east coast.

Our new release date will be the latter part of April 2014.
I am very excited to finally have something more concrete to present our readers and those who have been anticipating this book. If there is anything I learned from fiction vs. non-fiction is that 6 months from signing a contract to publication isn’t enough time. Our authors need more time than those who write fiction. It’s simply food for thought. Our first release is on the cusp of being pushed back to March or our original April release will be moved up to March. We will let everyone know as we work things out!

The official page on Native Ink Press’ website 

What is Native Ink Press?

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

Why did Ink Smith Publishing start an imprint? 

We started Native Ink Press to preserve the respected fiction title of Ink Smith Publishing while still producing great non-fiction and children books. We keep just enough similarity in the company name to let the authors know that being apart of Native Ink Press you are joining the larger network of Ink Smith Publishing behind the scenes. For those that are wondering what I meant by “behind the scenes”, I mean this: Ink Smith Publishing is a family of authors that uses a certain mean of communication that allows every author to communicate on a more personal level than email or a discussion forum. I have watched my authors help each other, encourage each other and inform each other of the latest contest that I may have missed. This develops a sense of camaraderie that makes Ink Smith Publishing unique to other publishing companies out there. Authors of Native Ink Press will become apart of that family as well.

What is different between the two companies?

There isn’t much of a difference other than the fact they handle different genres. We ask nothing of our authors but to market (including book fairs, blogging, social media and more). We are as traditional as we can be. You have to submit according to the guidelines on our website, which can be a bit much. That may be one of the biggest differences between the two, the submission requirements.

Native Ink Press has acquired several titles already for 2014 and is still open for submissions for the year. We are planning on only releasing a few books this year, so our slots will fill up fast.

Our Schedule for now:

  • February 2014: Project Keepsake
  • March 2014: Ridgewell
  • April 2014: Horse Tales: The Three Champions
  • May 2014: Ink Smith author Vincent Vinas’ the Incredible Edible Meg in The Medusa Eye Camera

These dates may change, but this is the schedule as of now.

Look for our first book release and giveaway starting early February 2014 with the release to follow later that month!

If you have a non-fiction or children’s book (they do not have to be non-fiction), head over to for more information on how to submit!

I will start posting more frequently Native Ink Press news.