Oregonian Features Inkwater Author Kevin Renner

We’ve blogged about Kevin Renner before. His book In Search of Fatherhood: A Mother Lode of Wisdom From the World of Daughterhood hit shelves just a few months ago and is making waves among readers and Independent Publishers. Renner’s book examines the premise behind the relationship between a father and daughter. He interviewed over 50 women from different backgrounds to discuss with each of them, what kind of relationship they had with their fathers.

The Oregonian picked up the story, running a feature interview with Kevin on Father’s Day. Bravo, Oregonian. This book is the perfect Daddy’s Day gift.


Essay by KB Dixon

We tend to blog a lot about KB Dixon. We’ve published five of his books and because he consistently wins awards and five-star reviews, he’s often in the Book Review section of the Oregonian. This time, the paper decided to publish a different piece of work from Dixon, an essay, about an author’s journey in search of the perfect protagonist. Please note the by-line: K.B. Dixon’s “A Painter’s Life” won a Next Generation Indie Book Award for best novella. See? We told you he was awesome!


S.W. Capps Listed as a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award

Here are Inkwater Press, we’re literally running out of creative ways to list our award-winning authors. So here we are again announcing another book that stands above the rest: Train in the Distance by S.W. Capps.

Train in the Distance is a political thriller of sorts, following its protagonist, Stacy, through his first experiences as a journalist. At first, Stacy is seduced by the excitement of his job, but then a series of arsons rips through the state, setting off a cascade of events in which Stacy must face the truth about the fires, his coworkers, crooked cops, and ultimately, the truth about himself.

Less than 10% of nominated books are selected as finalists for this prestigious award. Congratulations to S.W. Capps, and Train in the Distance.


Time to Market Your Book

Last week Publisher’s Weekly announced that the number of books produced by traditional publishers was on the rise again, increasing some 5% in 2010. This is excellent news in the face of speculation that ebooks would mean the demise of that traditionally produced book deal. The real standout number for in-print books came from non-traditional book production, which saw a 169% increase over the year, accounting for nearly 3 million new books in the marketplace. Most non-traditional books in this figure consisted of print-on-demand copies of titles in the public domain and self-published books.

The article goes on to speculate that the number of self-published titles are likely to have made up a large portion of this number, siting staggering production numbers from the industry’s biggest self-publishing companies. So with all these new books in the marketplace, what does this mean for your new non-traditional title? How can your novel or memoir stand a chance in this growing pool of authors?

While some pessimistsmight see this as an insurmountable challenge, we’d rather point out the positive. With so much attention being given to this growing sector of publishing, there are more opportunities than ever to get your book reviewed, sold, and even honored with an award. Just recently, five of our authors received awards for books that were self-published, proving that a book with a good marketing plan and excellent writing can get noticed.

Marketing efforts don’t have to  be extensive, but because of the growing number of titles in this pool of publishing it is becoming more important. Simply publishing a book isn’t enough to get your book noticed or sold. Now you have to promote yourself as an author, set up book signings, and earn reviews. Think about what your book has to say to the world and then prove to buyers it’s worth purchasing.

Many of our own authors have had some excellent success because of marketing their books. This blog is, in a way, a testament to those efforts. Take some time to review some of our most recent posts. If you’re interested in learning more about the marketing process and how to become an author with listings in publications such as the Midwest Book Review, Publisher’s Weekly, and the San Francisco Book Review then email: kim@inkwaterpress.com for information.


KB Dixon: More Nominations and Awards

KB Dixon is somewhat of an Inkwater superstar, as he has published hit after hit with us over the last few years. We always expect Dixon’s books to do well and so it comes as no surprise that we find ourselves here are again announcing nominations and awards for two of Dixon’s recent titles.

Aside from its most recent glowing review, the Ingram Interview has also been named as a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Book Award in the category of Literary Fiction. The site states, “Rather than highlighting any specific element, these awards recognize the  books that  demonstrate an indefinable synergy of elements that makes for an excellent  presentation and would benefit from these prizes.” Couldn’t have put it better ourselves, and congratulations Ken, on another great novel.

A Painter’s Life has been on  bookshelves a little longer than the Ingram Interview and it’s time in the marketplace has treated the book well. This latest title from Ken has earned him first place in the Indie Book Awards for best Novella.

For more information on KB Dixon and his bevy of award-winning books, visit: www.inkwaterpress.com or www.kbdixonbooks.com


Michael Scott Curnes Wins Green Book Award for Fiction

Another Inkwater author, another Inkwater win! This time we’re celebrating Michael Scott Curnes’ book For the Love of Mother, which just recently won the San Francisco Green Book Award for Fiction. The Green Book Festival is an annual literary competition that honors books that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. A panel of judges determined this year’s winners based on the overall writing style and presentation of the work along with the potential of the work to enhance understanding of the environment and its issues. Last year’s winner in the Green Book Festival fiction category was Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. Earlier this month, For the Love of Mother was also named an award winning finalist in the International Book Awards competition in the environmental fiction category. For more on Michael’s book, please see our bookstore. Also, Michael will be interviewed live on CBC Radio Daybreak North on Wednesday morning at 6:40 during the Written Word segment. If you aren’t in the North and want to tune in on the web, follow the link and select British Columbia and then Prince George. Lastly, Michael will be conducting a book signing at the Prince Rupert Writes Writers’ Group in the basement of City Hall at 7pm.


Inkwater Award Winners

Inkwater Press is proud to announce three IPPY award winners!

We’ll open with Dan Brown and his debut comic novel, Roll Over Hitler! which tied for Silver in the esteemed Popular Fiction category. An incredible win for an incredible book.

Next we have two regional winners with Chad Coenson’s Me and Bobby McGee taking Silver in the West-Pacific: Best Regional Fiction category and J.M. Ferguson Jr.’s book Westering also winning Silver in West-Mountain: Best Regional Fiction.

The IPPY book awards were launched in 1996 and have since celebrated the world’stop independent publishers and books. Previous award winners include Dave Eggers, Jim Harrison, and Jeffery Lewis, so our authors are in some great company. Congratulations to three well-deserving authors!


Dina McQueen finds press with Worlds of Change

We are big fans of Dina McQueen’s memoir Finding Aster, and as it turns out, so is everyone else. Dina’s most recent press on the book finds its home on the web page of Worlds of Change, a blog project for Goddard College’s MA program.

The post sets up a nice preview of Dina and her book and highlights the quality of the writing and the heartfelt nature of the memoir. We suggest checking out the post on Worlds of Change. For other recommended reading on Dina and Finding Aster, check out Dina’s blog, which, along with the book, is also growing in popularity. It’s a great supplement to the text because it focuses not only on adoption, but difficult parenting issues and childhood development.

For more information, purchasing links, and excerpts on the book, visit: www.findingaster.com.

While you’re there, visit her blog!