Worth 1000 words

February 15, 2006

We hadn’t done any filing in a very, very long time.

Three cheers for our new intern Jessica!


Friends, Writers, Inkberrians: lend us your ideas

February 8, 2006

I got to the office early this morning — Inkberry board meetings happen at 7:30am, because that’s the only time we can all manage to meet — so I was already well-caffeinated by midmorning, and my mind has been racing.

Today I’m thinking about our next online workshop — The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Creating Your Career As A Writer, taught by Jill-of-all-writing-trades Linda McCauley Freeman. Specifically, I’m thinking about publicity. And that’s where you come in: I want to know how you would get the word out.

The thing is, I think this is the kind of class everyone on our mailing list should be interested in. What writer hasn’t wrestled with the question of how to get her/his work into the world, and how to make a penny or two doing it? I’m just not sure how to get that across.

We’ll do the obvious — a press release locally, an email sent to our mailing list (following up on the postcard calendar we sent out earlier this year) — but I wish I had an innovative and clever solution. One that will reach a broad, internet-based audience — after all, the workshop is entirely online, so anyone anywhere can take part — and, ideally, one that’s free. We operate on the proverbial shoestring at Inkberry, so much as I’d like to hire skywriters in every writers’ enclave in the nation, that kind of thing is Right Out.

Where would you look, online, for information about such a thing? If you were interested in an online workshop designed around helping writers make money with their words — and you didn’t already know Inkberry, so you didn’t know to look here — where would you go? Reply in comments, or send an email to info at inkberry dot org — I’d love to know what y’all think.

We’ve hit the bigtime!

February 1, 2006

Today came irrefutable evidence that Inkberry’s hit the bigtime: there’s a coffee drink named after us.

I hit the Cup & Saucer this morning on my way to work, meaning to get a simple cup of joe to fortify me for my day, but when I saw the Inkberry Au L(a)it on their board I had to order one.

It’s a mocha café au lait with a hint of raspberry (better that than a hint of actual inkberry, since I don’t think inkberries are edible) and a drizzle of raspberry on top. (Whipped cream optional.) It’s sweet. It’s chocolatey. It’s delicious.

And it’s yet another reason to frequent our new java joint. Where we returned for lunch — Emily, Linda, Angela and I had a lunch meeting to talk about our fifth anniversary Inkstravaganza, so naturally we headed across the street to C&S, where I took great delight in pointing out our new beverage on the chalkboard.

Thanks, Cup & Saucer. (And hey, if you’re reading this and you live locally, drop in and try one! Mmmm…delicious.)