My apologies for the radio silence. Although my initial hope was that I would be able to return to managing Inky Fresh Press after our hiatus, my circumstances have changed and I have decided to announce the end of Inky Fresh Press.
Inky Fresh Press helped me improve as a writer, but I am most grateful for how it helped me connect to such an amazing array of people. To each and every person who contributed blog posts, answered questions for interviews, shared books for giveaways, or read a blog post (especially those who left comments!): It has been such a wonderful journey. Thank you for sharing it with me.
What are we up to?
I asked our most recent Inky Fresh Press columnists to share an update, so that readers could connect with them. This update was new as of June, so be sure to check in with the contributors for more recent news.
John F. Taylor, our reptile enthusiast and Tough Love for Writers columnist:
Well, where do I begin? I guess the easiest spot would be that I am now freelancing full time with the loss of my corporate america job. I am also in the in the midst of changing and redirecting my energies into the Reptile Apartment Group which has grown now to include Reptile Apartment Canada you can see the entire group here. Outside of that I am writing a few new eBooks and working on a writers course for reptile enthusiasts which will show them how to become a published reptile author.
Janel Gradowski, our writing prompt contributor:
Aside from getting ready for the big writing schedule upheaval that comes with summer I am working on the third book in my 6:1 Series (each volume has six stories based on one theme) “Jealousy”. Along with that I am also in the editing phase of my first novella, “Must Love Sandwiches”, which is a women’s fiction/romance with recipes. I am also still submitting stories for publication elsewhere when I have the time.
As for me, I began designing websites with my husband, a software engineer, a couple of years ago. Last year, we began work full-time on Order’s Up App, a web app that will help restaurants, food trucks, and cafés take orders online. Order’s Up App has taken up the majority of my time and brain space, but the challenge has been extremely rewarding.
Last spring, I moved to Moab, Utah, a small town close to my favorite climbing area. Since then, I have redesigned my personal and professional website, with the new addition of a blog. Although I don’t write often, I’ve appreciated having a place to share both my writing and non-writing adventures.
The best way to connect with me is through my website or via Twitter. I have a couple of big writing-related projects that I’ll be working on and (hopefully!) announcing in the next year. If you’d like to be notified, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog.
Best of luck with all of your writing goals! And thank you again for reading.
Inky Fresh Press will be on hiatus for two months.
Happy reading & writing!
Last month, I shared my interview with writer Brittany Roshelle Davis and details on how to win Brittany’s Beauty Giveaway.
The winner of the giveaway is…
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Just a reminder: today is the last day to enter Brittany Roshelle Davis’ Beauty Giveaway. One lucky Inky Fresh reader will win eye shadow, face primer, and nail polish. Click here for the giveaway details.
I wanted to take a moment to check in with our Tough Love for Writers blogger, John F. Taylor. It seemed like the perfect time to learn a little more about the life of our favorite horror writer and reptile enthusiast. In his interview, John shares what he’s been up to, his thoughts on writing horror, and advice for horror-writing newbies.
(Honestly, this is all just an excuse to post John’s author photo again. It makes our cool factor jump, like, 20 points. Don’t you think? )
Catching up with John, reptile enthusiast & horror writer
BG: So John, what have you been working on?
JT: Oh boy, What am I working on right now, is that a trick question? All kidding aside, when it comes to writing, I have about 3 short stories in the works. Two of which could be considered horror fiction the other is actually a ‘high fantasy’ romance piece with a working title of ‘Declination of Destiny’ wherein two people who should’ve been together end up separated and pursuing completely different lives then find one another through a ‘special’ circumstance that neither of them could ever imagine. Its also an examination of the trials that come with not following your instincts.
We have the perfect antidote to the holidays: first, an inspiring interview with writer Brittany Roshelle Davis, then, our first-ever Beauty Giveaway (scroll down to see the beauty items you can win).
Brittany is the writer behind The Write Stuff blog, where she interviews authors and hosts book giveaways on a regular basis. (It’s a great blog to follow if you like hearing about new books…and winning them!) She’s also a beauty, fashion, and style writer (thus the beauty giveaway) for the national online women’s magazine Betty Confidential, a health psychology writer for Health Daily Online, and writes a food column for her local newspaper. And there’s more! Brittany is an aspiring Young Adult fiction author, currently editing her first YA novel.
In her interview, Brittany dishes on how she’s landed jobs, what she’s working on next, and the secret to successful blogging.
Thanks to all who entered our latest giveaway, for a pdf copy of Darian Wilk’s LOVE UNFINISHED!
The winner is:
I’ll be contacting the winner with details.
Happy New Year!
I hope the holiday season has been treating you all well! Just a reminder, today is the last day to enter to win a pdf copy of Darian Wilk‘s LOVE UNFINISHED.
Happy New Year!
Welcome to Part Two of my interview with self-published author Darian Wilk. In Monday’s post, Darian shared a little about herself, her writing process, and what inspired her book, LOVE UNFINISHED. Today, Darian talks about her experience with the self-publishing process, and her advice for writers considering self-publishing.
Darian will be giving one Inky Fresh reader a copy of her book, LOVE UNFINISHED. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details.
BG: Why did you decide to self-publish?
DW: This was not my initial plan when I took on writing professionally; in fact it never even occurred to me to learn about self publishing. I held the same daydream a lot of writers do, a contract with a great agent, signed deal with a huge publisher, and one day you walk into Barnes & Noble and oh look, there’s your book! I queried, and queried, and queried, but life has a way of trying to point you in the right direction if you’re willing to listen.
A friend asked me when I would put my work on Kindle. “What? By myself? Well, I…I couldn’t do that, could I?” It baffled me at first, no agent, no publisher, like he was speaking gibberish. I begin researching, burying myself in books and websites until my eyes might bleed. I am a take charge woman, I like to be in control of my life, and the more I dug through the information the more I realized self-publishing would be a better fit for someone like me than traditional publishing.
I am the boss, I hold the power to my future, I make the decisions. Sure, it’s terrifying at times, but at the end of the day holding my own fate in my hands outweighs the worry.
Darian will also be giving away a copy of LOVE UNFINISHED to one lucky Inky Fresh Press reader. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details.
A little about Darian:
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Darian Wilk lives in Michigan with her husband and two small children. She has a background in Nursing, and has worked as a Home Health Aid to the elderly.
In 2007, Darian’s mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Darian quit working to tend to her mother, and it was in those three years of taking care of her that Darian realized how precious life really is. In her mom’s last year of life, Darian finally found the courage to pursue what her heart had always secretly longed for; becoming a writer. It was then that she started her debut novel, LOVE UNFINISHED, and continues her journey today.