What We Do

Inkwater works in close collaboration with each author, business, or organization to help authors reach their creative dreams and goals. With decades of traditional and digital publishing experience and hundreds of successful titles published, Inkwater has the experts to help write, develop, edit, design, publicize, and distribute each client’s unique story. We can guide you through the process of putting your knowledge to the page. Books are our business. We are a full-service Portland publishing house, helping professionals craft a book they can be proud of while contributing something unique to the conversation and culture.

Services we offer:

Editing
Inkwater editors perform three types of editing—copyediting, line editing, and developmental editing. The kind of editing your manuscript needs will be determined by a sample edit. Changes are made using Track Changes in Microsoft Word and then submitted to the author for approval before the book moves on to the design process.

Inkwater editors also offer tutorials for authors who are looking to improve their craft. This hourly service is for all levels—whether you already have a manuscript or are just beginning to tell your story. Topics are customized to the author’s needs, and can range from the basics of grammar and mechanics to deeper issues like creating engaging characters, building tension in a scene, or writing effective dialogue.

Inkwater’s editors will help you improve your manuscript to meet the highest literary standards—whether or not you intend to publish with us. Inkwater editors also offer ghostwriting services for all kinds of books. If you have an idea for a book but not the time or desire to write it, please contact us for more information.

Design
Custom Cover Design
We can create a professional cover design for your book or multiple covers if you prefer more options. We can use stock photos or images provided by you. The image you have in mind might include merging or layering multiple images, extensive image manipulation, or creation of a unique image altogether.

Custom Interior Design
Don’t cut corners when it comes to interior design. Our team will design the interior to meet all the professional guidelines of traditional publishing. If you have specific customized features in mind, the designer will be happy to work with you to meet your expectations. Enhanced custom features might include use of multiple fonts, bordering, color shading of the background, or image embellishments to enhance the interior.

Other Design Services
eBook Design/Conversion
Handbook, Booklet, and Mini-book Design
Marketing and Publicity Materials
Website Development
Logo and Branding Designs
CD/DVD Labels, Interior Booklet, and Packaging

Marketing
Marketing and publicity are the keys to successful sales. Introducing your book and yourself as an author to readers and buyers in your target markets is as essential as writing the book itself. We can help authors who publish with us or authors who have published their books by other means. Our goal for all authors is to achieve the goals you set when you made the decision to write a book.

We begin this process by listening. We want to know what motivated you before you wrote one word on the page. Our Marketing Director listens to each author to understand his or her goals. Every book and every author is different, and each requires a custom approach. Some authors are comfortable promoting their books; others would rather let us do the work. Dealing with each author as an individual creates realistic and workable marketing and publicity activities.

Every author receives a complimentary one-hour marketing consultation.

Inkwater understands that every book is unique and that in order for a title to get attention each book needs a customized marketing program.  Inkwater works with authors to tailor marketing and publicity to help a book find the readers it deserves.

Businesses and Organizations
A book has the power to shape people’s perceptions and provide a deeper understanding of what makes you a leader in your field. It can give you notoriety among your peers, and help define your core mission and goals for the future. Share your company’s story and what makes it unique, and set the benchmarks for your client’s expectations.

We are Inkwater Press. We can guide you through the process of putting your knowledge to the page. Books are our business. We are a full-service Portland publishing house, helping professionals craft a book they can be proud of while contributing something unique to the conversation and culture.