Stacy Clark's Writing World
If you're a writer like I am, I bet you have shelves, cabinets and table tops cluttered with story ideas, re-writes, feedback, rejection letters, and praise from friends and family who have loved reading your work, published or not.
Recently, I opened one of my many writer abysses to search for information necessary to create a website for my first children's book (When the Wind Blows was discovered on Inkubate by Oakland, CA literary agent Andy Ross) and I discovered a goldmine of correspondence from none other than Pete Seeger. I knew that there were letters from Pete with comments he had provided on WIND and that they included a beautiful Foreword he had written for the story, but I didn't recall the many personal insights and attached articles that Pete had sent to me, because, like most of us, I'm a writer with a day job, or jobs for that matter!
Here, in my old pine hutch, on top of the tab marked "Seeger Correspondence," I found everything I need to create a lively site for my story, including a 15-year trail of articles related to wind energy, climate change and the benefits of shifting to renewable energy. There it all was, including a picture of me and Pete standing along his beloved Hudson River, back in 2009, when my mom and my son and I drove to meet him at the Beacon Strawberry Festival. But that wasn't all I found.
There were treasured letters from editors who, over the many years I have written and edited, had graciously taken the time to review earlier versions of WIND (then under different story titles) and provide critiques that helped me to approach my work with renewed enthusiasm and with fresh eyes.
There were notes of torn paper scribbled with story ideas, comments overheard by children that needed to be explored in writing, and complete drafts of other delightful stories that I had all but forgotten about. I was in awe.
I tell you all this because I know that we're all alike. Part-time writers everywhere (and there are at least 15 million of us in the U.S. alone) have started, revised, shared and shelved so many works, many of which have great potential. I know mine do. Yours do too.
Inkubate was created to provide me and all of you with a depot for all of our literary potential. Our site invites writers of all kinds of fiction and non-fiction to upload and categorize their work so that agents, editors and publishers will have an opportunity to access a broad range of content in one place, using a variety of relevant tools designed to serve their needs.
We can't guarantee that your work will be published, but we can promise that our mission is to create the smartest, simplest, most streamlined experience for writers to present their best works in an environment that is compelling to the publishing industry.
When Inkubate 2.0 launches later this summer, it will have enhanced tools for agents, editors and publishers to efficiently browse writer submissions. It will also have tools for writers to monitor the activity surrounding the works that they have uploaded to our system.
Our goal is to provide a mechanism to help launch more writing careers and to provide the publishing industry with the services they require to gain and maintain traction in a rapidly evolving industry.
If your work is discovered, will it be traditionally published or digitally released? It depends on the publisher and the demands of readers, but our goal is to make every possible channel available to you.
We'll be reaching out to all of our current writers soon with updates on what's ahead. In the meantime, happy writing to you all this summer!
Have questions about uploading a manuscript, the privacy of our members' works, or anything else? Please just reach out. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.