About Us

About Inkwater Press

 

 

A division of First Books®, Inkwater Press® has published hundreds of fine fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s book titles. Click here to view our latest catalog. Collectively, our staff has more than 100 years of publishing experience. Our diverse backgrounds include editing, graphic design, web programming, book retailing, journalism, elementary education, music composition and performance, travel, book marketing, film production, and library administration. Combined with our shared passion for the written word, this allows us to provide our authors with the best of our talents. We produce high-quality books and build enduring relationships with our customers, our authors, and our vendors. At Inkwater Press we pride ourselves not only on the quality of our work but also on how we work. We invite you to check with the Better Business Bureau before contacting us—we are proud to say we have a spotless record. If you have a question or comment for the founder and president, Jeremy Solomon, please feel free to send him an email via jeremy@inkwater.com.

Jeremy Solomon

Jeremy Solomon

Founder, President

Jeremy Solomon was the founding administrator of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students (PALS) in New York City and is the co-author of three books. He received a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course at Harvard University.

Sean Jones

Sean Jones

Acquisitions Director

Sean Jones has over 25 years of experience in the book industry, managing bookstores, developing bookseller training programs, reviewing books, and consulting with authors. Sean has opened bookstores and trained management teams all over the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, and has worked extensively with authors and artists throughout his career. Sean has a BS in History from Portland State University, and a BS in Sociology from the University of Oregon.

Virginia Solan

Virginia Solan

Marketing Director

Virginia has more than 25 years’ experience in writing, editing, and marketing. Her writing and radio work have been recognized with more than 20 first-place awards for print and broadcasting excellence. Virginia received the prestigious Banks Award for Nonfiction Creative Writing while at the University of Idaho, where she earned a B.S. in Sociology and Psychology, as well as her Master of Education degree in Adult, Organizational, Learning, and Leadership. A former regular columnist for Oregon Business Magazine, her writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. Virginia’s marketing efforts for her Yin Radio broadcasts grew the weekly, one-hour program airing on one station to a national audience mainstay with thousands of regular listeners in 19 markets.

Vanessa Verrill

Vanessa Verrill

Customer Service Director

An avid reader and crossword puzzle connoisseur, Vanessa has a BA in Speech Communication and an MA in Teaching from Willamette University. She has worked in both Germany and South Korea, as well as in customer service-based positions throughout the United States. Moving here from Helena, Montana, where she was the Membership Coordinator for the Montana Historical Society and worked directly with the Montana Historical Society Press, Vanessa brings with her a variety of skills learned from years in the school systems, non-profits, and large corporations.

Andrew Durkin

Andrew Durkin

Editor

Andrew Durkin is a composer and writer who has a PhD in English from the University of Southern California, where his mentor was Joseph Dane, author of What Is a Book? He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication at USC, where he worked with digital media pioneer Bob Stein. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Masha Shubin

Masha Shubin

Creative Director

A quintessential Renaissance woman, Masha Shubin has over twenty-five years of experience in web and graphic design, with additional experience ranging from customer service to computer programming to marketing to management. As Creative Director for First Books/Inkwater Press, she makes full use of her creativity and skills. She has worked as photographer, international goodwill ambassador, mascot performer, movie producer, and theater director. She is also a self-published author with a series of children’s books.

Michael Ebert

Michael Ebert

Senior Designer

Michael attended the Art Institute of Seattle’s graphic design program. His expertise lies in interaction design, typography, color theory, and brand identity. When he isn’t designing, Michael enjoys modern art, narrative nonfiction, and traveling.

Paige Asay

Paige Asay

Senior Designer

Paige Asay received her BS in Visual Communication Design from Western Oregon University, as well as a superlative Best Artist from her middle school. While at WOU she gained experience in branding, film, and media-related communications. She makes use of this experience as a Sound Engineer and Customer Service Rep here at First Books/Inkwater/Solomon Exam Prep. She has a strong admiration for mass media, coffee, and Greek mythology.