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 youth writers wait until they grow up for that dream to come true? Inklings such as Megan White, Sophia Nesamoney, and Avery Yue have proven that youth 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 editorial revision. This rigorous program is designed for youth who have already participated in another Inklings publishing program, and who are ready to work through the full range of steps to take their manuscript to a professional publication standard. After the editorial learning process, Your Name in Ink results in a 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.
Custom pricing is provided after your application is processed, and is based on length and complexity of the youth writer’s project. Need-based partial scholarships are available.
Your Name in Ink Publishing Program At a Glance
Writer is guided by their mentor through four full-novel revisions, focusing first on pacing and structure, then on character arc, then on world-building and description, and finally on word choice. The full-novel revision process addresses the range of development needed to take a book to pro publication standards.
Layout & Design
A professional illustrator will create a cover and finalize after the writer’s feedback. In addition, our team will professionally design and lay out the cover and interior of your book. Our copyeditor provides a comprehensive review and provides the writer with the opportunity to review tracked changes.
Your book is published with an ISBN and distributed to Indiebound, Amazon and other online retailers for print-on-demand orders. You can also opt to convert your manuscript for an eBook version for an additional charge. Your book will be listed for sale in the Inklings bookstore, and revenue raises funds for the author’s chosen 501c3.
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.
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 steps so you can focus on important aspects of your novel: plot, character, setting, and word choice. In each revision step, you will receive an editorial letter and will meet with your mentor to discuss your revision approach. Once you complete these revisions you will do a final run-through with the copyeditor focusing on fine-tuned details.
How long does the process take?
The program is a 6-9-month process depending on the young writer’s pace, the length of their novel, and the complexity of the revision. 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 and the book is published at the next SYI seasonal release date (Either in April or November). Release dates between seasonal releases are available only when staffing allows.
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 an editorial process through editorial letters, which is commonly how professional authors get their feedback from agents and publishers. You will gain writing finesse and confidence and will develop advanced skills to do deep revision of your manuscript. When the program is complete, you will have a printed or published book to call your own.