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The First inkpop Author Gets Her Books (And You Can Too)!

Posted by inkpopbecki on April 8, 2011

The First inkpop Author Gets Her Books (And You Can Too)!

Alright maybe not the book, but last Thursday author Leigh Fallon received her box of ARCs. What are ARCs you ask? Good question. ARC stands for Advance Reader Copy. These are promotional copies given to reviewers and sales to show people what a great book The Carrier of the Mark is before we have final copies. Now you maybe saying what’s the difference between a final copy and an ARC, they look almost exactly alike. ARCs use the first pass page proofs–which are designed pages that still need some copy editing before considered final–to show off the book. So there maybe so big old typos in there, but don’t worry, the ARC clearly warns you on the cover.



Check out the video of Leigh receiving her ARCs:



Want an ARC of The Carrier of the Mark? Do one of the following things: Retweet the link for Leigh’s video (and @inkpop), post it on your Facebook and then show us on the inkpop Facebook fan page, or repost the video on your blog and post a link here in the comments so that we can see. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive their own ARC of The Carrier of the Mark.

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HarperCollins Publishing inkpop Book: Author Video

Posted by inkpopbecki on February 2, 2011

She was an inkie just like you. Working hard, she got her book into the Top Five. Now she is a HarperCollins author. Want to hear more about how HarperCollins discovered its first book on Join our live chat to night with author Leigh Fallon tonight at 5 p.m. EST in the inkpop Forum Events. In the mean time check out Leigh’s first author video.

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HarperCollins Publishing inkpop Book: Letter from the Author

Posted by inkpopbecki on January 28, 2011

Dear inkpoppers,
It’s official! Excuse my jumping up and down and screaming, while intermittently singing cheesy show tunes. You see,

I’ve been waiting for nine months to get to this moment. Nine months! It’s been a nail biting time and oh, the fibs I’ve had to tell in order to keep the secret. But here I am, on the cusp of the most exciting time of my life, and I’m so excited to finally share my news with you guys, the people who put me in this position in the first place.
I’m being published by HarperTeen. Eeeeee!!!!
Come on, scream with me!
Now I have that off my chest, let me explain to you why it’s only now, nine months after I was offered the publishing deal for The Carrier Of The Mark, that I’m telling you about it. Basically, HarperCollins asked me not to say anything, and who am I to ignore one of the biggest publishing houses in the world? You see, HarperCollins and the inkpop team have been doing trojan work, trying to get everything perfect before releasing the incredible news – that one of ‘us’ is actually going to be published (gosh, even after all this time I feel weird writing that). Honestly, you wouldn’t believe the amount of time and work that goes into perfecting a manuscript, and designing a cover that is so beautiful it makes my heart tingle.
You’re hearing it firsthand, dreams really can come true. I’m living proof of that.
The other thing I need to say is sorry to all my inkpop buddies, who I’ve been fibbing to over these past few months. It’s been horrible having to tell porky pies, but it was absolutely necessary. After all, there’s no fun in a surprise party if there’s no surprise, so I hope you guys understand.
And to all you people out there who suspected there was something amuck with me, well snaps to your higher power of intuition! If only you could have seen my beetroot cheeks as I read your messages asking if I was ‘the one’ being published. Oh, I can feel the sting again as I type this. I’m an awful liar.
But fret not my inkie friends. I plan to make up for my fibs and omissions. I’m going to take you on this amazing journey with me. I hope to share all my moments with you, the good, the bad, and the scary. I’ll take you through agent calls and meetings, the editing process, the highs and the lows, the laughter and the tears. This year is going to rock. And I mean seriously rock, in so many ways. I can’t wait to share it with you. So stay tuned for videos, blog posts, and chats. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride so far, I can only imagine where the next few months will take me. Ah! I can hardly contain my excitement.
Thanks again everyone, for your picks, your friendship, your support, and your patience.

Your friend and fellow inkie,


If you’d like to hear more or you have questions for Leigh, join us for a live chat on February 2nd at 5 p.m.EST in the inkpop forum events.

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HarperCollins Publishing inkpop Book

Posted by inkpopbecki on January 28, 2011

As you all have heard by now, HarperCollins has announced that it will be publishing a project found on inkpop. This is the first, but certainly not the last!

Check out the The New York Times article about this acquisition as well as our official announcement!

Web Book Moves to Print

The New York Times
HarperCollins will publish a young-adult book that was originally submitted on Inkpop, its Web site for teenage writing.The book, a debut novel by Leigh Fallon, a South African living in Ireland, is scheduled for release in the fall, the publisher said on Thursday. Ms. Fallon first contacted literary agents about her novel, “The Carrier of the Mark,” a paranormal romance, but was unsuccessful in getting it published. She submitted it on Inkpop in December 2009, and it was quickly voted one of the top five manuscripts on the site. HarperCollins followed up a few months later with an offer of a book contract — its first for a work published on the site. Susan Katz, the president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, called the novel “an outstanding project.”

New York, NY (January 28, 2011) —HarperCollins Publishers announced today the first acquisition from inkpop (, its interactive website for teen writing. Slated for Fall 2011, THE CARRIER OF THE MARK, by debut author Leigh Fallon, is a fresh and thrilling paranormal romance linking two teens to a supernatural destiny.

Fallon, a native of Cork, Ireland, tried to get her manuscript published through conventional channels. She started by contacting agents and eventually took a less traditional route. She heard about inkpop through a writing group and decided to upload her manuscript. Within weeks her manuscript was voted into the coveted “Top Five” by the inkpop community and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails later, she signed her first book deal with HarperCollins for World English rights.

“For many people the rise to ‘Top Five’ on inkpop is a long process, but for Leigh, THE CARRIER OF THE MARK shot to the top of the list. This was one of our first key indications that it was an outstanding project,” said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Inkpop combines community publishing, user-generated content, and social networking to connect rising stars in teen literature with talent-spotting readers and publishing professionals. In just over a year, inkpop traffic has grown by nearly 500%. With over 60,000 projects uploaded, the highly engaged members spend an average of over 20 minutes per visit on the site.

Katz added, “The opinions of our readers matter to us. Inkpop is HarperCollins Children’s Books’ first site (and not the last) to really put the users’ voice and ideas in the forefront. Social media is incredibly empowering if used correctly, and HarperCollins recognizes this and is gearing up to make social media the cornerstone of all of its digital endeavors.”

In the coming months, inkpop will be announcing more acquisitions. Budding writers will have more opportunities to get their ideas in front of editors at HarperCollins Children’s Books and will be offered more ways to get published. In addition, inkpop will partner with some of the hottest up-and-coming brands in entertainment and products:

This week, the multimedia platform BFF.TV sponsored on inkpop an exclusive live chat with Sara Shepard, author of the New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars. Together, BFF.TV and inkpop will continue to provide users with unique content and exclusive interviews, with talent from the worlds of film, TV, music, and books.

Dylan Lauren, CEO and founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and inkpop will team up to help inkpop members unwrap their “sweet” lives. During this month-long promotion, inkpop will host a one-hour live chat with Dylan to discuss her passions and how she made her dreams of creating a candy emporium come true. Inkpop will also host Dylan’s Candy Bar’s first interactive writing contest, where users will be asked to discuss their own sweet dreams. Winners of the Dylan’s Candy Bar Writing Contest will receive a scrumptious prize package, including an exclusive invitation to a Dylan’s Candy Bar party to be hosted at the flagship store in New York City.

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