Author Profile: Ava Gustafson

It's been a while since our last author profile, and we thought it was time to give some love to one of our lovely authors, Ava Gustafson, the author of the children's book Willow

Ava Gustafson lives in a modest home in Spooner, WI with her husband and her four legged furry friends. She is a lover of Jesus and the simple things in life. It is her dream for her books to branch out into many hands and homes, touching people’s lives and helping develop children's hearts.

Ava Gustafson lives in a modest home in Spooner, WI with her husband and her four legged furry friends. She is a lover of Jesus and the simple things in life. It is her dream for her books to branch out into many hands and homes, touching people’s lives and helping develop children's hearts.

1. What in Willow do you think will surprise or delight your readers?

I think the character of Willow is a delight all together.

My hope is that the message of Willow will inspire people to be good to one another and that it they will feel joy and be left with an inward sense of happiness when they read it.

2. Do you have a favorite line or quote in Willow?

My favorite line is "Could they think I'm sad not having fruit to pick or see? Look closer now, there's fruit inside. It grows in you and me." Though this line is toward the end of the book, it's the overall theme of the story.

3. What are you most proud of about your book?

I'm proud that my story was inspired by the biblical fruit of the spirit and the greatest of these being love. Love is universal and in much need of spreading these days. I am also extremely proud of the job my illustrator did to make my story come to life. She did an amazing job and I'm looking forward to working with her again on the sequel to Willow, which is in the works right now. It will be called . . . Willow's New Friend.

4. Any exciting events coming up you'd like to share?

In the short time that my book has been available, I've had the privilege to read it to several kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade classes, as well as at my town library for a pajama and popcorn party. I even wore my jammies and my bunny slippers. It was so much fun. I have several dates still this month where I will be set up at local book stores and the coffee shop, to promote, sell and sign my book.

5.Where can buyers buy your book?

Willow can be purchased on my website: thewillowseries.com

$1 from each book sold will be donated as a charitable contribution, which will change quarterly. Please visit my website to see how your purchase of Willow is helping others. 

 

Author Profile: Stefanie Peters

Last but not least, meet Stefanie Peters, author of Unleash Your Lady Boss

Stefanie Peters is a national speaker, author, and serial entrepreneur.  She started her first business at the age of eighteen while attending high school. She shattered the glass ceiling and became the youngest female executive in one of the fastest growing companies in North America.  Stefanie was determined to help women, like herself, find financial freedom and independence.  As her movement grew, she cofounded Lady Boss Empire; an empowerment platform and resource center for female entrepreneurs. Besides building multiple businesses, she is a savvy real estate investor, certified John Maxwell coach, avid runner, fitness competitor, and a top performer in the Miss Minnesota International Pageant. To learn more about Stefanie, visit www.UnleashYourLadyboss.com.

Stefanie Peters is a national speaker, author, and serial entrepreneur.  She started her first business at the age of eighteen while attending high school. She shattered the glass ceiling and became the youngest female executive in one of the fastest growing companies in North America.  Stefanie was determined to help women, like herself, find financial freedom and independence.  As her movement grew, she cofounded Lady Boss Empire; an empowerment platform and resource center for female entrepreneurs. Besides building multiple businesses, she is a savvy real estate investor, certified John Maxwell coach, avid runner, fitness competitor, and a top performer in the Miss Minnesota International Pageant. To learn more about Stefanie, visit www.UnleashYourLadyboss.com.

How will this book impact the intended audience?

Unleash Your Lady Boss brings women face-to-face with their wildest dreams. Using stories, lessons, and calls-to-action, veteran Lady Boss Stefanie Peters will share the ultimate keys to ignite your inner greatness. 

This book could be the game changer to empower women to stand up and create their life by design versus default!  

What is one thing you are proud of in Unleash Your Lady Boss?

I am jazzed to be able to give women an incredible resource to equip them to break through the barriers holding them back from their dreams!  

 Is there a favorite line or quote you would like to share?

"A goal without a game plan is like a girl without glitz.  It works, but let's get real…something is missing.  Combine them and magic happens!"

 Any exciting events coming up?

We are hosting a women's empowerment event on Sat., Nov 12th from 9 am-1 pm  

My book will be released at this event!

Here is the link to find out more: Eventbrite

 

You can buy her book at www.UnleashYourLadyBoss.com Pre-sales will go up on November 1st!

 

Author Profile: Stephanie Glaros

It's Thursday and time for another author interview. Today, meet Stephanie Glaros, author of Humans of Minneapolis

Stephanie Glaros is a teaching artist, author, and speaker based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the art director for Utne Reader magazine for many years and received recognition fromCommunication Arts, Society of Illustrators, Print, and 3x3. She has a BA in women’s studies from the University of Montana, and an AAS in graphic design from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). Glaros teaches at MCTC and for the Twin Cities Media Alliance. She also leads independent workshops that focus on empathy and connection. In addition to her blog, Humans of Minneapolis, she has completed community engagement projects for the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

Stephanie Glaros is a teaching artist, author, and speaker based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the art director for Utne Reader magazine for many years and received recognition fromCommunication Arts, Society of Illustrators, Print, and 3x3. She has a BA in women’s studies from the University of Montana, and an AAS in graphic design from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).

Glaros teaches at MCTC and for the Twin Cities Media Alliance. She also leads independent workshops that focus on empathy and connection. In addition to her blog, Humans of Minneapolis, she has completed community engagement projects for the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

Tell us about your book available this fall and why your readers are excited about it.

My book, Humans of Minneapolis, is a compilation of the best stories and photographs from my project of the same name. In it, readers will hear personal accounts of joy, struggle, and triumph over adversity. In addition, I’ve included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why I do the work, as well as some great follow-up stories from some of my most popular subjects. My background is as a magazine art director, so I designed the book myself front to back. It’s the physical manifestation of my passion project and I hope my readers feel the love when they read it.

 

What is something you would like to share about your journey in working on this book?

I always wondered what kind of impact my work might be making beyond the social media feeds. Working on this book gave me an excuse to follow-up with some of my subjects. What I found out is that the work creates positive reverberations both for the people who appear on it and for the people who read the posts. This knowledge has been extremely gratifying and bolsters me to keep doing it.

 

How will your book impact the intended readers?

My hope is that the stories in the book will touch reader’s hearts and remind them that all human beings struggle and therefore should be treated with kindness. I want them to see that there is always more to a person beyond what you see.

 

Any exciting events coming up you'd like to share?

I have an author talk at the Minneapolis Central Library on November 14th and one at the Hennepin History Museum on December 4th. I’ll also have a book release party, date and location TBD. Follow my Facebook page to stay up to date!

 

  

You can purchase Stephanie’s book via her website at www.stephanieglaros.com/book.

Author Profile: Sandra L. Richards

It's the middle of the week and time for another interview with one of our authors. Meet the author of Rice & Rocks, Sandra L. Richards. 

Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Seton Hall University and is the Executive Director, Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Sandra completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Seton Hall University and is the Executive Director, Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

What in Rice & Rocks will surprise or excite your readers?

Readers will have a curious excitement about the adventure as they explore the adventure with Giovanni, Auntie and Jasper. They will be surprised by who they meet along the way!


Do you have a favorite line or quote from your book?

I am biased, there are so many! If I had to choose, it would be when Giovanni says at the dinner table, "Rice and Rocks ROCK!"  

Is there something you want to share about your inspiration for writing this book?

This book was written based on a conversation I had with my nephew, who passed away at the age of 8 several years ago. As I would replay the fun times I had with him, the one about 'rice and rocks' remain front and center. I had struggled for a long time thinking about ways to keep his memory alive, not only for me but for my family. Then inspiration struck me when I came across a quote by Maya Angelou, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."  I took pen to paper and "Rice & Rocks" was born!


Any exciting events coming up you'd like to share?

There are a number of scheduled events. I am excited about the school visits that are planned across the country. I am also looking forward to being a guest lecturer in a Children's Literature class at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. 

You can purchase Sandra’s book in the following ways:

Amazon

Hue-Man Bookstore

Or at your favorite local independent bookstore!

 

Author Profile: C. C. Aune

The week of author interviews continues. Today meet C. C. Aune, the author of The Ill-Kept Oath

CC Aune’s ramblings have led her through 49 states—nine of which she has called home—plus a fair number of countries. She has been a journalist and a contributor for the companion book to PBS’s 2000 series In Search of Our Ancestors. Currently, she directs the blog One Year of Letters, which explores the internal landscape of writers. The Ill-Kept Oath is her debut novel.

CC Aune’s ramblings have led her through 49 states—nine of which she has called home—plus a fair number of countries. She has been a journalist and a contributor for the companion book to PBS’s 2000 series In Search of Our Ancestors. Currently, she directs the blog One Year of Letters, which explores the internal landscape of writers. The Ill-Kept Oath is her debut novel.

 

What is something you are most proud of in The Ill-Kept Oath?

As a writer, integrity and quality has always been my North Star. I began The Ill-Kept Oath in late 2002, and each step of the way I made sure it was progressing at the highest possible level. I revised constantly, relying on reader feedback and trusted writer friends to keep nudging me forward. A professional editor helped me craft the final version. By the time I connected with Amy and Dara from Wise Ink, Oath was as clean a copy as I could produce. Wise Ink and I collaborated to add the final polish, and by the time the delivery truck pulled up to my house, Oath had transformed into a professionally-made novel, both inside and out. No one could hold it and flip through it and not admire its appearance. Wherever Oath takes me next, I’m proud to say this first book has brought my greatest dream alive.

 

Tell us more about your book available and why readers are excited about its release.

At its core, The Ill-Kept Oath is about two proper young ladies who believe their lot in life is to marry well, possibly without love. Neither main character is too thrilled at the prospect, but then a family mystery, magical relics, and a series of inexplicable misfortunes upend their predictable world, bringing opportunities they never expected to have. My objective for Oath was to create a novel that reads like an Austen classic with some hints of genre romance, but is in fact a period female empowerment tale. I want to challenge those readers who might feel uneasy about tackling Austenesque prose, while offering Janeites an homage steeped in fantasy. I believe today’s readers are excited by genre hybrids—a little old, a little new, as the saying goes. Just as the magic in Oath changes Josephine and Prudence’s lives, I hope to upend readers’ expectations.

 

What is something you would like to share about having a strong writing community/partnership?

Having a strong support team is vital for today’s writers. It’s practically impossible to write and publish in a vacuum. I learned that the hard way, facing dozens of traditional agent rejections, not because my concept was poor, but because I didn’t understand the industry. Once I began engaging with online writers, I could share my work, get feedback, and study the thousands of details involved in modern publishing. After a while, though, I lost interest in large writing groups, which tend to break down from their own weight. I formed my own little enclave of about 15 writers, some of whom have grown to be very dear friends. We discuss everything from personal problems to industry issues to where to place a comma. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my team, and I can’t express enough how grateful I am for their support.

 

Do you have any exciting events coming up to share?

My parents have promised to throw a party here locally sometime in the next month, which will be weird and awkward and amazing all at once. I’m leaning on my writing partner and fellow Wise Inker AM Justice to arrange a dual author event in New York, maybe in December. Meanwhile, The Ill-Kept Oath will be featured in NetGalley’s fantasy section for the week of October 2, and it will appear on shelves at PJ Boox in Fort Meyers, Florida for the months of January and February 2017.

You can purchase The Ill-Kept Oath in the following ways:

Signed paperbacks directly from the author. Email collmoore23@gmail.com

Paperbacks through Seattle Book Company 

Paperbacks and ebooks through amazon

 

Fall Releases

We here at Wise Ink have a lot of fantastic authors who have books that came out or are coming out this fall. In celebration of their work, we asked our authors some questions to get the scoop on what they’ve been up to, what the writing process has been like, and other exciting bits of info! Up first is Lisa Harris, author of Unveiled Beauty.

Lisa Harris is the founder, poet, and creative director for Fashion Meets Poetry, LLC and author of Unveiled Beauty: Handwritten Stories from a Poetic Heart. With over eighteen years in corporate America defining strategic direction, guiding product development, and leading marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, Lisa now aims to inspire and heal women through her poetry. She also hopes to share her knowledge to bridge the gap between business and the arts. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and an active Wisconsin Business Alumni Board member.

Lisa Harris is the founder, poet, and creative director for Fashion Meets Poetry, LLC and author of Unveiled Beauty: Handwritten Stories from a Poetic Heart. With over eighteen years in corporate America defining strategic direction, guiding product development, and leading marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, Lisa now aims to inspire and heal women through her poetry. She also hopes to share her knowledge to bridge the gap between business and the arts. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and an active Wisconsin Business Alumni Board member.

 

Tell us about your book available this fall and why your readers are excited about its release. Unveiled Beauty: Handwritten Stories from a Poetic Heart is more than a poetry book. Never before has a book combined these three art forms - fashion, photography and poetry. With stunning fashion photography and everyday women as models, Unveiled Beauty modernizes the age-old art of traditional poetry. The city of Chicago with its downtown city vibe, local parks, and the beautiful Lake Michigan are backdrops for the artistic photographs in this project. We also partnered with fashion and lifestyle photographers as well as several apparel and accessories designers to bring this vision to life. 

What's one thing you are most proud of in Unveiled Beauty? It is a celebration of women! I am most proud in how we honored so many diverse women in this book - all different shapes and sizes, ethnic backgrounds and ages. A reminder to our readers that beauty is not confined to media’s standards. I am also proud that beyond the photography, we honor a woman's journey within the poetry. We boldly cover women’s topics such as aging, motherhood, depression, abuse, and other social issues. A true testament that beauty is also found in some of our darkest moments in the form of strength.

What was the process like in your journey to publish your work? I have great publishing partners at Wise Ink so the process of publishing itself was fairly smooth and exciting. For me, publishing a book has mostly been a journey of professional and personal growth. I have learned a lot about myself. I've learned patience and how sometimes in life you have to trust the process. More importantly, I have gained a great appreciation for artists and entrepreneurs. It takes a unique person to express their vulnerability through their art and as an entrepreneur, it takes hard work and dedication to build a business and a brand from ground up.

The Unveiled Beauty Book Launch Event Party that happened on September 30th included a photography gallery, several fashion capsules & displays, a fashion show/ poetry reading emceed by the author herself, and an official book signing. If that gives you any indication of what to expect from her book, you might want to purchase your copy today! 

You can buy her book in the following ways:

Available at www.fashionmeetspoetry.com as well as on amazon.com and seattlebookcompany.com


You can also find the author on social media: 
Facebook (Fashion Meets Poetry)

Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest (@FashionMPoetry)

Spring at Wise Ink: Conferences, Another Move, and Book Launch Parties!

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The team at AWP in Minneapolis

The Wise Ink team has been busy. This spring we attended the Pubsense Summit in Charleston; AWP, which stopped in our own backyard for the first time; the Minneapolis Yoga Conference (namaste); and the Women's Business Conference in Eau Claire.

In other news, Wise Ink moved (again)! But this time our digs are bigger and our name is on the wall! We're walking distance to the Minneapolis Farmer's Market and to the Twins Stadium. Our newest addition to the Wise Ink team, Patrick Maloney, had a blast helping us place our sign to the wall.

Laura, Patrick, and Dara unveiling the new Wise Ink sign in the new digs.
Laura, Patrick, and Dara unveiling the new Wise Ink sign in the new digs.

Spring also welcomed the launch of three fantastic memoirs: Suga Water by Arshay Cooper; Take a Shower, Show Up on Time, and Don't Steal Anything by Dave Ryan; and Whispering Pines by Elliot Flies Foster.

Arshay Cooper, author of Suga Water at his book launch party in May (Chicago, IL)
Arshay Cooper, author of Suga Water at his book launch party in May (Chicago, IL)
Take a Shower, Show Up on Time, and Don't Steal Anything by Dave Ryan of KDWB
Take a Shower, Show Up on Time, and Don't Steal Anything by Dave Ryan of KDWB
Author Keith Elliott at his book launch party for his book Whispering Pines
Author Keith Elliott at his book launch party for his book Whispering Pines

Wise Ink Welcomes Patrick Maloney

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We're doing a happy dance. We've added a fourth team member to the Wise Ink posse right in time for spring. Patrick Maloney joined Wise Ink this winter as an intern and we couldn't let him go. As Wise Ink's associate editor, he'll be taking on proofreading projects and managing our book review services and ebook projects. We are delighted to have him join the team.

Why we love Patrick:

  • Is an English major like the rest of us BUT has minors in physics and pedagogy.
  • Patrick is the founder of the University of Minnesota’s competitive spoken-word organization, USlam.
  • Wears a photo button of his beloved grandmother on his winter coat.
  • Created a team-building activity using boxes...well sorta.

 

Patrick Loves Boxes

Wise Ink Launches InkPossible - Writing Contest for Teens

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Project InkPossible is a dream finally come true for Wise Ink. When we began our beloved blog back in 2012, reaching young writers was a distant goal for the future. Now, with the growth of our blog audience and startup creative agency, the future is now. We're making good on pursuing our other passion: teens who write.

This summer, we're publishing an anthology by 15 teens in the Twin Cities and awarding each a $100 scholarship. The idea is to get out in the community and reach young authors & book lovers and empower their passion with a hands-on publishing experience.

Aside from becoming published authors, our teen writers will also be able to participate in a book planning meeting where they’ll get to collaborate on the arrangement and placement of each piece in their book, decide on the cover (being illustrated by the nationally-known Kevin Cannon), and they'll even weigh in on the book's format.

We. Are. Excited. 

We'll be ending the contest March 13th and start informing teens this spring. Stay tuned for more updates on the announcement of selected teens, the book launch party date and venue, and purchase information once the book is released. All proceeds earned from sales will go toward funding the program.

For more information, click here.

2014 Wise Ink Highlights: A Year to Remember

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2014 was an epic year for Wise Ink. We traveled a bit, ate a lot, published 30 books, met more than one thousand authors, and did we mention the food?

January

  • PublishWise: Recharge Your Author Platform in 2014

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We kicked off the year with our annual live event for authors. We had a full room as we discussed book launch strategies, marketing plans, and timelines for networking and connecting with ambassadors.

March

  • Hosted The Publishing Tweetup

In spring, we gathered with authors, writers, and book lovers to host an afternoon at the world-renowned indie bookstore Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis.

April

  • PubSmart 2014 in Charleston, SC

Amy and Dara traveled to the first annual PubSmart Conference (now PubSense Summit). Amy was on a panel about how to create bestselling books, we met hundreds of authors, and had our fill of southern cooking!

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May

  • Upper Peninsula Publishing Association Conference in Marquette, MI

Amy and Dara visited the UPPA writer’s conference where we presented on how to use blogging and social media as effective book marketing strategies.

June

  • We Moved!

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Amy, Laura, and Dara with the help of super interns Luci and Amara moved into the Minneapolis Northloop neighborhood!

 

Move-In Day

August

  • Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City

Amy, Dara, and Laura traveled to the Big Apple where Dara paneled a discussion on trends in publishing. We also had the best bagels in the world courtesy of Ess-a-Bagel.

The Wise Ink Crew in NYC

September

Heartland Forum

Wise Ink exhibited at Heartland Forum where several Wise Ink authors signed books for booksellers across the Midwest. We spent time with our favorite bookstore peeps and debuted 2014 Wise Ink releases.

Author Laurie Wetzel at Heartland Forum

October

  • Twin Cities Books Festival

Had a blast at the Twin Cities’ Books Festival. Books, books, and more books from our favorite authors, publishers, and bookstores in the Midwest.

December

  • Business Journal 

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Wise Ink was covered in the Business Journal. Check the article out here!

As sad as we are to say goodbye to 2014, we can't wait for 2015! We've got an adventure-filled year ahead. If you want to follow the Wise Ink crew and receive updates throughout the year, click here to subscribe to our posts!

Fall Brings Wise Ink to the Heartland Forum...and More

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Amy and Laura at Presence: Summit This fall Wise Ink has been busy! We brought our authors together for our annual Wise Ink Night Out, an evening of wine and appetizers. We also  exhibited at Heartland Forum, Presence: Summit, the SBDM City Summit, and the Twin Cities Books Festival.

The Highlights:

  • Wise Ink Authors Aurora Whittet, Laurie Wetzel, and Mary Barrow signed books at Heartland Forum for booksellers, publishers, and book lovers

Author Aurora Whitten at Heartland Forum

  • Thanks to Heartland Forum we visited with our favorite booksellers in the Midwest, including Gary Mazzone of Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis (pictured above).

Author Laurie Wetzel at Heartland Forum

  • We had a wonderful time at Presence: Summit with Wise Ink author Sharon Anderson who sold copies of her book Breaking Free

Author Sharon Anderson at Presence: Summit

A Farewell to Extra Arms

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  As August draws to a close and fall approaches, our summer interns are getting ready to head back to school. We will miss them dearly, but we’re not letting them leave without first sharing their thoughts about working at Wise Ink.

 

Luci

 

This internship has definitely been one to remember. Doing marketing and social media for Wise Ink was something completely new and exciting. How many Gen-Y’s land a job where they’re able to Tweet and Pin during work … because it’s their job? Not too many! Social media aside, I found out just how difficult it is for an indie author to market by themselves while they’re simultaneously trying to finish all other parts to their book, book launch, etc. I’m proud to have worked with and assisted these hard-working authors to make their marketing campaigns go as smoothly as possible.

 

This summer has given me hope that independently published books will no longer have a stigma attached. Seeing how amazing Dara, Amy, and Laura all are and how much time and love they put into each and every project just goes to show how publishing is changing for the better. I hope Wise Ink continues to produce stellar novels from talented authors and take the publishing world by storm.

 

Amara

 

Interning for Wise Ink has been the best career experience I’ve had to date, by far. Working with Amy, Dara, and Laura has given me extremely high expectations for what I want out my career in the future. I started with Wise Ink ready for as many new challenges as I could grasp in my hands—and they did not disappoint me. I have learned about, worked through, or assisted in a many aspects of writing, blogging, editing, proofreading, designing, typesetting, and marketing at an indie publishing company. That work experience alone was worth waking up early every morning and battling rush hour traffic.

 

Wise Ink is an inspirational company to work for, and the amount of love, wisdom, and talent this company has to share with its authors blows me away. I have no doubts they’ll continue to change the publishing industry, one stellar author at a time. This internship has been an adventure, and I’m disappointed that it’s coming to an end. Don’t worry, though; I’ll be back soon, Minneapolis, to start my own career in publishing.

 

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…but sadly, we have to. Farewell Wise Ink, we'll miss you!

A Conference to Remember

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  Last week, Wise Ink was lucky enough to get the chance to go to the Writer’s Digest Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. From Thursday through Sunday, they met a dizzying amount of talented writers, publishers, and agents, and reveled in the energy of New York City.

 

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Here are some of the highlights:

 

At the conference, Dara was on the panel Methods to the Madness! The Latest, Coolest Developments in Indie Publishing. She traded tips and tools with indie publishing and met lots of Wise Ink Blog readers (bestselling thriller author H.D. Gordon among them).

 

Dara and Amy met April Eberhardt. April calls herself a “literary change agent” and spent her session showing her multifaceted talent in the face of the publishing world as a literary agent. Not only does she know the ins and outs of traditional publishing, but digital and independent publishing as well. April is the future of hybrid publishing and we can all learn a lot from her!

 

There was a positive change from last year; not only was independent publishing mentioned at almost every session, it was also often seen as the more desirable choice for authors.

 

After the day’s events, foodies Dara and Amy were in heaven enjoying the huge variety of restaurants NYC had to offer:

 

Their favorite bagel shop was Ess-a-Bagels in Midtown (recommended by Laura). They also ate a fantastic dinner at Gemma in Greenwich Village. For their cultural craving, they went to the Broadway production of “If Then” and called it “one of the best plays we’ve ever seen.”

 

The trip ended in the salty paradise of Bar Bacon, where they enjoyed their last meal before they jetted back to Minnesota.

 

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The Writer’s Digest Conference was an amazing time for Wise Ink, and we are already excited to see what experiences next year’s conference will bring.

 

 

What We’re Reading

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  We at Wise Ink love to spend time with a good book. Whether it’s in our office reading new submissions, or at home snuggled up on our couches with a big mug of tea (or, preferably, a big glass of wine), we let our love of literature permeate our lives.

 

Summer is the time to enjoy excellent beach reads and books for warm, lazy afternoons. Here is a list of the books the Wise Ink team are soaking up this summer:

 

Amy is reading:

The 5th Wave by Rick Ynavey

One More Thing by BJ Novak

 

Dara is reading:

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

 

Laura is reading:

The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 

Intern Luci is reading:

Us - Americans Talk About Love by John Bowe

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

 

Intern Amara is reading:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

 

And re-reading:

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

… Because Harry Potter books are still great, okay?

 

Now it's your turn! What are you reading this summer? Comment below and share your favorites.

 

Happy reading!

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Meet The Interns!

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  There are two new faces at Wise Ink this summer! Both hailing from the Midwest and seriously into reading, Luci Appelquist and Amara Thein are formally introducing themselves so we can all get a little more familiar with the new indie-pub kids on the block.

 

Luci Appelquist

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I’m a junior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying English with a writing emphasis. I absolutely love reading and writing and knew from early on that I would make a career out of both. When I found out exactly what an editor did (you get to read all day!), I hastily worked towards getting an internship with publishing companies close to my hometown of Apple Valley, MN. I was fortunate to land an editorial internship for the summer of 2013 and fortunate again to find an internship through Wise Ink Creative Publishing for this summer.

 

At Wise Ink, my title is Marketing Coordinator and I help research new ways for authors to market their books. My duties also include running Wise Ink’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts and writing weekly blogs.

 

At school, I play on the Club Volleyball team, love going to Gopher sporting events, and, as a self-professed coffee addict, you can usually find me in Dunn Bros or the Purple Onion reading, studying, or just further fueling my addiction.

 

In my spare time, I’ve been working as a waitress at the Aster Café in Minneapolis and gearing up for a four-month study abroad trip to India during my spring semester where I’ll be doing volunteer work while studying Indian Art and Culture. Following the completion of my degree next winter, I’ll be ready to join the publishing world for good!

 

Amara Thein

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I’m a fourth-year at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and I was raised in a small farming town not too far from there. I have a passion for literature and design, which has led me to major in writing and minor in graphic design and public relations. My strengths lie in my flexible writing style and a meticulous eye for detail through the planning and editing processes, which has been an asset to my growing expertise as an editor and designer.

 

In addition to my astounding internship as publishing coordinator at Wise Ink, I stay busy on campus developing my skills. I’m a consultant in the campus writing lab, a co-editor for The Castle, Wartburg’s literary magazine, and the OP/ED editor for The Trumpet, Wartburg’s newspaper.

 

My joys in life include spending time with my friends and family, reading, crafting short stories, feeding my Netflix addiction, and doing crafty Pinterest things. Exploring the world is a major desire; I’ve spent month-long study abroad trips in France and England, and I’m thrilled to be ending my senior year abroad in Galway, Ireland.

 

When I return home in May 2015, I’ll hit the ground running, working toward starting a career in the editing and publishing world in Minneapolis after graduation.

 

Echoes of Evil Launched: Magers and Quinn Still Ringing

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Last week, Wise Ink author Eileen Bridgeman Biernat had a delightful book launch party for her new book, Echoes of Evil, at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis.

 

The book is loosely based on the murder of Laci Peterson by her husband Scott Peterson, who’s currently on death row, and follows heroine Susan McNealy as she pieces together her husband’s haunting past to find out if she wants him in her future.

 

With a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, Eileen has always been drawn to stories that contain deep-rooted psychological motives. Her first book, Stalking Mary, is a true crime novel about a man who kidnapped his former high school teacher and murdered a child in the process.

 

It's criminals like Ming Sen Shiue and Scott Peterson who pique Eileen's interest. She loves to delve into their mental states and how they affect the people in their lives. “I always analyze my characters,” Eileen explained, after one audience member asked if she was inspired by her degree to psychoanalyze her creations.

 

“My next research project will be twin studies,” she said as she began to passionately articulate her interest in twins. She loves how connected their neural networks are for being two separate people.

 

Eileen is so intrigued by twins that she’s in the process of writing another novel on the topic: the next installment of the Echoes of Evil series.

 

Eileen was all smiles as she read the sneak-peek of her next Echoes of Evil series creation from the end of her newly published book. The main character’s best friend, Marie, was involved in a suspicious fire that has yet to be solved. In the next book, she’ll explain the great mystery surrounding the fire, as well as integrating in her twin studies for a psychological twist.

 

As she finished up reading the teaser, ending with the lines, “‘well, now we know the fire was personal,’ (Marie) told him, ‘and that we’re being watched,’” she glanced up at the audience in their folding chairs, suddenly stern with arched eyebrows, as if to ask the question, “Now how’s that for a cliffhanger?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wise Ink’s Ultimate Guide to Social Media Day 2014

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  In 2010, Mashable launched Social Media Day, a global movement to bring awareness to and appreciation for the sweeping transformation of media in the digital age. On June 30th, Mashable will host their 5th annual meet-up. Cities all over are gearing up to get ready for the worldwide event, and Wise Ink is excited to attend online and in Minneapolis.

Why join in?

Marketing and having a large network are some of the most crucial ways to succeed as an independent author, and social media is one of the best ways to expand that network. By attending an event that is dedicated to both networking and social media, indie authors are allowed to expand their knowledge and network at the same time!

 

First Step: Create A Platform

Do you have a twitter, blog, or a Facebook page dedicated to your work? If not, get one. Creating a web presence allows you to give your readers direct updates and communicate back with them, establishing a solid author-reader relationship.

At the event, you'll meet other business professionals in your area and will look more credible if you have online pages dedicated to your work.

(Don't forget to follow-up after meeting someone!)

 

Second Step: Tweet!

After you’ve created an online platform, you can tweet in the days prior to June 30th with the hashtag #1Connection and allow yourself to be automatically included in the global exchange of @-handles.

 

Once June 30th arrives, tweet #SMDay to join the twitter conversation, and to wish other participants a happy Social Media Day!

 

Third Step: Find An Event Close To Home

This page here provides you with event locations and details, as well as connecting you with other people who are actively participating in the creation of the local event.

 

If you want to bring a Social Media Day event to your city, use this guide and watch this video for more information.

 

Our Fourth and Final Step: Attend a Boot Camp

Don’t worry; it’s not that kind of boot camp. There are boot camps all over the U.S. that can give you a crash-course on social media. For example, the University of St Thomas hosted a 2-Day Mashable Social Media Boot Camp; where they specialized in helping companies (& Indie authors) develop an excellent content strategy for their social media platform.

 

There you have it! Four perfect ways to celebrate Social Media Day. Now, get on your devices and connect with the world.

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Hello North Loop: Wise Ink's New Digs

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  With the start of a beautiful summer, Wise Ink Creative Publishing has relocated to our first full-time office. Located in the heart of the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, we’re just a stone’s throw away from Lerner Publishing and the world-renowned Open Book and Loft Literary Center.

After many trips to Ikea and many, many hours putting together shelves and cabinets, our space has finally come together, and it has already become a hotbed of creativity.

All smiles in the new office!

 

Our cozy space houses staff members Amy, Dara, and Laura, as well as two bright-eyed interns, Luci and Amara, who are ready to tackle each project that comes their way. We are thrilled to have our own office and excited to be in the North Loop area, historically known for being one of the most relevant and innovative art centers in Minnesota.

Stop by to see our new offices and don’t forget to explore the area that houses coffee shops, bookstores, and already holds our hearts.