Your Name in Ink

Editorial Publishing Mentorship for Novelists and Poets

Every writer dreams of holding a finished ink-and-paper book in their hands. But why should young writers wait until they grow up for that dream to come true? Inklings such as Megan White, Sopha Nesamoney, and Avery Yue have proven that young people absolutely have the passion, dedication, and skill to create novels worthy of a reader’s nightstand.

Dreaming of seeing your name on the spine of a book?

In the Your Name in Ink Program, professional writers mentor youth through a 6-9 month revision process which results in a printed or published book available through independent bookstores and other retailers. Through Your Name in Ink, you will:

  • experience the editorial process
  • take your writing skills to the next level
  • learn the ins and outs of how the publishing world works. 

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 young writers we serve. We do not publish work that promotes violence, cruelty, prejudice, reckless behavior, or any work containing sexual content.

Your Name in Ink Program price starts at $2500. Download the Your Name in Ink Price Guide.

Apply for Your Name in Ink

To apply for Your Name in Ink, you need a full draft of a novel or poetry collection and commitment to the rigor of this program.

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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 revision process look like?

Revision is handled in four steps, so you can focus on important aspects of your novel: plot, character, setting, and word-choice. In each step, you will receive an editorial letter and will meet with your mentor to discuss your revision approach. 

How long does the process take?

The program is a 6-9-month process depending on the young writer’s pace. Mentors work with their writers to set flexible deadlines through the program, taking other commitments, desired finish date, and other factors into account. Once the final revision is complete, the layout and publication process takes about eight weeks.

What is my commitment in the Your Name in Ink program?

Your Name in Ink is a challenge, but your mentor will support you all the way. You will be required to complete agreed-upon amounts of drafting and revision by the due-dates you set together.

How are royalties handled?

Your Name in Ink is a pay-it-forward program. All young authors choose a  nonprofit organization to which they donate half of their book’s proceeds. The other half is donated to a scholarship fund for future Your Name in Ink writers. Young authors may choose any 501c3 organization that does not have political or religious affiliation. All rights, beyond first printing rights, remain with the author.

What will I gain from Your Name in Ink?

Your Name in Ink allows you to experience the editorial process under a mentor’s guidance. You will gain writing finesse and confidence. When the program is complete, you will have a printed or published book to call your own.

Professional writers mentor youth through a 6-9 month revision process which results in a printed or published book available through independent bookstores and other retailers.