About Us

About Inkwater

 

 

Inkwater Press helps create books that authors are proud of and readers love. 

Since its founding in 2002, Inkwater Press has published nearly 1,500 fine fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children. 

Collectively, Inkwater Press staff has more than 100 years of publishing experience. Our experience includes writing, editing, graphic design, web programming, book retailing, journalism, education, drawing and painting, music composition and performance, book marketing, film production, and library administration. Combined with a shared passion for the written word, our broad experience helps us create high-quality books and build enduring relationships with customers, authors, and vendors. At Inkwater Press we pride ourselves not only on the quality of our work but also on how we work. 

If you have a question or comment for 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.

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.

Katie Browne

Katie Browne

Marketing Coordinator

Originally from upstate New York, Katie graduated with high honors from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a BFA in Digital Arts and Animation in 2017. She has worked on a variety of creative projects, including short films, a stop motion feature, and her own animated shorts. She also has experience with graphic design and loves creating gritty, hand drawn illustrations. In the Fall of 2018, she packed everything she owned into her car and moved to the Pacific Northwest to become a part of the creative community in Portland. In her free time, Katie enjoys long road trips, days spent in the wilderness, and exploring the mountains and plains of the West.

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.

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.

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.