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FRESH INK PUBLISHING PROGRAM

Publish Your Debut Novel!

Every writer dreams of holding a finished ink-and-paper book in their hands. But why should youth wait until they’re adults for that dream to come true? In the Fresh Ink Publishing Program, you’ll work with a professional through the revision process and ultimately, hold your published book in your hands.

You’ve finished a draft of your first novel. Now what?

It’s time to take your novel, and your writerly skillset, to the next level. Once you’re done, we’ll guide you through the publication process so you can hold your ink-and-paper book in your hands and share it with readers. 

In the Fresh Ink Program, professional writers mentor youth through a chapter-by-chapter revision process which results in a printed or published book available through independent bookstores and other retailers.

Through Fresh Ink, you will: 

  • complete a full novel revision 
  • take your writing skills to the next level
  • learn what it takes to publish a book

The Fresh Ink Editorial Mentorship is designed for writers aged 11-16 who have completed the draft of a novel. Full-novel revision is a brand new skillset, one that can be just as creative as drafting. Most writers are familiar with proofreading, but full-novel revision goes far beyond playing around with sentences and fixing an error here and there. 

“Whoa, I thought this might be boring,” one of our mentees said, wide-eyed after her first revision session. “I found so many opportunities to make my novel better–new scenes, changing settings, adding tension. It’s like looking for what you already did and then… fabulousing it!” 

It only takes one exciting revision to completely transform the way you see the writing process. Writers gain the confidence to draft more quickly because they know that their view of the book’s potential will be much more clear once they’ve reached “the end” for the first time. Revision becomes exciting when you know the questions to ask. Tap into that exciting opportunity by walking step-by-step through a full-novel revision with an Inklings mentor. Knowing that your hard work will also result in a published book is that extra cherry on top.

Fresh Ink begins as a mentorship program. We will estimate the number of sessions and editorial reading time before starting, and firm up the plan after four sessions when we have a more clear idea of the youth writer’s revision cadence. Your custom pricing will also include the cost of professional copyediting, design, and publishing. Need-based partial scholarships are available.

Fresh Ink Publishing Program At a Glance

Revision

Writer revises their work, chapter by chapter, in a one-on-one Zoom mentorship. Most youth revise one-two chapters per week, and review those chapters in weekly sessions with their mentors. During the program, youth identify a personal growth area and build writing craft skills.

Layout & Design

You provide a cover illustration or photo and any interior line art images. Our team will professionally design and lay out the cover and interior of your book. Our copyeditor provides a light copyedit to ensure an absence of spelling and mechanical errors.

Publication

Your book is published with an ISBN and distributed to Amazon and other online retailers for print-on-demand orders. You can also opt for an eBook version of your work. You’re invited to promote and market your book in whatever way you wish.

Extras

We provide access to an online cover design workshop to support you in the development of your cover illustration.

Apply for Fresh Ink

To apply for Fresh Ink, you need a full draft of a novella, novel, or poetry collection and commitment to a learning-focused editorial process.

Apply Here

Would your parent would like to speak with our Mentorship Coordinator before you apply?

Wondering about scholarships? Apply for a need-based drafting or editorial program scholarship.

FAQ

What does the Society of Young Inklings publish?

We are committed to printing and publishing stories and poems that impact the world in positive, transformational ways—works we’d be excited to share with the full age range of youth writers we serve. We do not print or publish work that promotes violence, cruelty, prejudice, reckless behavior, or any work containing sexual content.

What does the Fresh Ink revision process look like?

Revision focuses on one major writing craft skill. Writers might dive deep in an examination of character development, world-building, or adding humor to their work. Mentors will guide them through the revision process chapter-by-chapter, and help them gain skills in full-novel revision. While addressing the one big-picture skill, writers will also work on consistency and clarity, and before publication, take one final pass through the book to address copyediting issues including word choice and mechanics.

How long does the process take?

Each writer’s project, learning goals, experience, and time to invest in revision are unique, and so the timeline for Fresh Ink varies. In general, writers might revise up to two chapters (or about 2000 words) per week. After the first four sessions, mentors are able to project a proposed timeline based on the speed they’ve progressed so far. At that point, the pair can also adjust the cadence to better suit the writer’s goals. The publication process takes up to four weeks once the final manuscript and cover image are delivered.

What is my commitment in the Fresh Ink program?

By enrolling in Fresh Ink, youth commit to a dedicated learning process under the mentorship of a professional writer. Society of Young Inklings publishing programs are not a fast-track to publication. Instead, they focus on building writing craft, resilience, and overall creative confidence.

How are royalties handled?

Fresh Ink focuses on the learning process rather than marketing and sales. However, youth authors and their families are welcome to promote their book as widely as they choose. Should a book generate more than $50 in revenue in a calendar year, we will ask the youth author to choose a nonprofit to whom they would donate to give 50% of the funds. The other 50% is invested back into our publishing programs to provide scholarships for writers who would otherwise not be able to take part in these programs. All of our programs use a first printing only royalty agreement. Writers may withdraw their title from print with us and utilize their work in any other way they choose.

What will I gain from Fresh Ink?

Fresh Ink guides writers through a full-draft revision process. Unlike sentence-to-sentence editing, this kind of revision will help you better understand the structure of your full book, your character arcs, the world of your story, the overall pacing, tone, and themes. By the end of the program, you will have gained writing finesse and confidence. You’ll have a bigger picture view of how to approach each new writing project. And, when the program is complete, you will have a published book to call your own.

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