Gearing up for 2018

2017 was a fulfilling and fruitful year. 2018 is going to be even better!

Scarlett Ink Publishing is growing … quickly, much to everyone’s surprise and delight. However, like starting up any new business, there are learning curves. Some steeper than others and some that leave their owners with bruises. We are no exception. But they are important lessons that had to be learned, dues paid, and scrapes bandaged.

Booktrope-Essence1.jpgEssence, the first book in the bestselling EVE series, written by A. L. Waddington, needed a lot of TLC. The rudimentary editing embarrassed the author when it was released by Booktrope Publishing and she wanted an entire revision done. It required many hours of revision, editing, and formatting before it was finally signed off on by the author. Thankfully, What I Really Learned in College, the With Honors series, book 1, by Addison Winters, only needed a little tweaking before it could be re-formatted for re-release.

WIRLIC high resSo, here we are. The paperback version of Essence was released last week. The paperback version of WIRLIC will release tomorrow. The kindle versions of each will, hopefully, be released this week as well. By the end of March, we will be re-releasing the digital and paperback versions of Enlightened, the EVE series, Book 2, along with Making the Dean’s List, the With Honors series, Book 2.

We do apologize for the delays, the glitches in the system that have allowed international sells (we are not set up for that yet due to the shipping costs), and the numerous unanswered emails (we are trying to answer them all in a timely manner). This is a new adventure for us and we are doing our best. Please be patient and know that we are working hard to get everything running smoothly and to release the best versions of our authors work.

We sincerely appreciate your support and patience. Thank you all for making 2017 a great year for us. We are looking forward to bringing you new and exciting work from a variety of authors in multiple genres in 2018. We wish all of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Cheers,

~Ryan

Scarlett Ink

Be Part of the Launch

Be Part of the Launch

Scarlett Ink

Hello, this is Ryan Harwich. I am the newest assistant at Scarlett Ink Publishing. We are excited to finally announce the rerelease of Essence, the EVE series, Book 1, and What I Really Learned in College, the With Honors series, Book 1. The launch is set for December 8, 2017.

And we need your help!

As we are a new publishing company we are looking for volunteers to participate as our Street Team. We need you to help spread the word to everyone on your social media outlets by sharing and announcing the launches the week before, day of, and the week afterward. We will email you several different promotions to post for each and ask that you share them daily (multiple times a day would be much appreciated as we all know how fast newsfeed changes). And to express our appreciation for your help, Scarlett Ink Publishing is offering you a free digital copy of each book!!

How can you participate? I am so glad you asked … just go to https://www.facebook.com/scarlettinkpublishing/ and click on the send message button. Type in your name, city & state, and your email address. That’s it!

Thanks so much!! I can’t wait to get to know you all and am so excited to begin this new adventure with you and Scarlett Ink Publishing!!

 

The Face in the Mirror

When you’re 16 or 24 and you gaze at your reflection, you used to wrinkle your nose up thinking you don’t like your hair (it’s not thick or long enough or not the color you’d like it to be). You may be critical of your nose or the shape of your eyes or lips. The point is, when we’re young we always found something about our reflection that we would like to change. I’ve never met a woman who’s ever been 100% satisfied with her looks. We all have our secret insecurities.

Now that I’ve added a couple of decades to that 24-year-old reflection, I look at myself and wonder what she was complaining about? Her skin was toned and firm, she had cute little freckles across her nose and cheeks (that I once truly hated), she had beautiful dark brown eyes, and a perfect smile. Personally, it was always my hair that I hated about my looks. I had always hated the strong red tint and use to color it blonde to hide it. As I got older, I colored it brown, but within weeks the reddish color was back and there was not much I could do about it. I’ve since given up the battle and instead, get irritated by the cluster of greys that appeared just above my right temple about five years ago.

That and the ever present dark circles under my eyes. There are days I look so exhausted that it appears someone has struck me in the face, blackening both eyes. With the proper amount of sleep, they do dissipate. But seriously, who has the time to get a full 8-9 hours of sleep a night? Not me! There are simply not enough hours in the day for all I must do.

Now don’t give me the time management speech. I work almost 10 hours a day at a job that I love! Then I come home and dive straight into my school work, while also still fending calls and little things from the office (doctors can be very demanding!!). My Grad school work is everything to me and I’m holding a 4.0. It is extremely important to me to graduate with honors and know that I did it on my own!!

Once my studying is done and homework completed, I focus on writing, research, and republishing my books. I usually fall asleep with a book in my hand or over my laptop with the lights still on around midnight or so and then get back up at 4:00 AM to do it all over again. I’m not making excuses, or asking for sympathy, because I happen to love my life and I fought hard to get here.

But this morning as I was doing my makeup, I realized I have small lines on my face, my freckles have faded, and that 24-year-old girl has matured into a 44-year-old lady. I have been so busy raising my children, going to school, building my career, and living through life’s up and downs, I hadn’t fully noticed the reflection looking back at me was that of my mother.

I admit, it made me smile. Throughout my life, people have always complimented my mother on her youthful good looks. She’d politely smile and say thank you, dismissing it. She is now in her late sixties and no one guesses her age. As I studied the reflection staring back at me, I silently thanked my mom for passing on her genes, but it also gave me a warm sense that regardless of the miles between us, she is still with me every day in my smile. And despite the faded freckles, the patch of persistent greys, and the little fine lines that define the lady I’ve become, I wouldn’t turn the clock back if I could to be that 24-year-old girl again! It was extremely difficult the first time around and I know I wouldn’t have the strength to relive those years all over again! And I couldn’t be happier with where I am today – dark circles and all! Life is good!!