Mar 2, 2015

Tickets to the Best British Shows!

by Stacy Clark

This week, Inkubate travels to London as a sponsor of the Independent Publishers Guild’s (IPG) 2015 Spring Conference. IPG provides essential services to independent publishers – everything from guidance on securing favorable distribution deals and adopting best practices for author contracts to implementing industry-wide codes of conduct and negotiating impressive tradeshow discounts.

David Bass, our intrepid CMO, is looking forward to hosting one-on-one meetings with independent publishers and greeting them at IPG’s first-ever Meet the Innovators Zone, a mini-tradeshow where Inkubate’s latest features will be on display.

As sponsor of the Inkubate Trade Publisher of the Year Award, David’s charismatic presence will be a highlight of IPG’s March 5th Gala Dinner. David will address the Conference and Co-Present our award to one of three impressive finalists, which include:

Carcanet Press (inventive fiction; literary criticism & poetry)

Pavilion Books (illustrated books across seven imprints)

Pushkin Press (novels; essays; memoirs & children’s books)

Returning to England in mid-April for the London Book Fair (LBF), we’re honored that IPG will promote Inkubate as a key technology partner to its extensive list of members. Operating inside IPG’s booth, David and Jay will demonstrate our new platform and the robust market analysis tools now under development. 

Roald Dahl's 1964 bestseller is the inspiration behind Inkubate's Golden Ticket Promotion

As part of our presence at LBF, Inkubate will host a Golden Ticket promotion where, unlike Roald Dahl’s beloved 1964 adventure, every ticket will be a winner! Strategically linked to the high-powered marketing platform David has engineered, the campaign will drive publishers to our site, where they’ll each register to receive notification of their prize. Two Grand Prize winners will claim iPads engraved with our logo and a personal tour with both Dave and Jay inside Inkubate’s “Network for Creative Collaboration.” Prizes also include our full-color logo USB drives in the shape of an egg and more than 100 gift cards for IPG concessions. With over 25,000 registrants and 15,000 additional daily visitors, the LBF’s three-day publishing expo will position Inkubate exactly where it needs to be—at the center of innovation.


Jan 18, 2015

When the Wind Blows: An Inkubate Success Story

by Stacy Clark

Inkubate is already in full swing this year! We're proud to be sponsoring the Woodstock Writers Festival.Executive Director Martha Frankel, who launched her very own Woodstock Writers Radio show last year, is kindly featuring the title of my first children’s book, When the Wind Blows, as the theme of her ever-popular, always-sold-out-early Story Slam. To be held on Thursday, March 19th, the Story Slam is Woodstock’s uproariously fun kick-off event for writers and readers. Those bold enough to share their talent at the mic will incorporate the words "when the wind blows" into their 3 1/2 minute performances. We're grateful to Frankel, her fabulously personable entourage, and all of the friendly year-round residents who treat us like we live and work along the shores of the Hudson River Valley. Frankel’s career as an entertainment journalist makes her a valuable advisor to the Woodstock Film Festival, where she can be found each fall interviewing dynamic actors and celebrities.

Woodstock's Martha Frankel Interviews Andy Garcia

Inkubate was hatched by my life-long friend and environmental colleague, Jay Gale, who was frustrated by the difficulty I was having pitching WIND to traditional agents, editors and publishers. Jay stayed up one long summer evening brainstorming Inkubate's business plan and Inkubate later launched me as a children's author. Thank you, Jay! Thanks, too, to David Bass, a nationally recognized marketing ninja, who accepted Jay's offer to be Inkubate’s CMO. Together, this dynamic duo will ensure that Inkubate is "The Place to Go for Talent!"

We’re also delighted to be sponsoring the International Publishers Guild’s (IPG) 2015 Annual Trade Publishing Awards in Oxfordshire, England. IPG is the largest independent organization for European publishers and David will present Inkubate’s powerful new B2B platform, which is rolling out this spring. David and Jay will be representing Inkubate at the London Book Fair, where we’re sponsoring IPG’s new Meet the Innovators Zone. All in all, it’s turning out to be a very promising and exciting New Year.

Do you have an important story to share in 2015? If so, we hope that it will make its way to the bookstore shelf, the library shelf, or a traditional agent, editor or publisher’s shelf. Incidentally, it was Oakland, CA-based literary agent Andy Ross who viewed WIND on Inkubate and sold it to Holiday House three days later. Thank you, Andy!


Jul 6, 2014

Letting the Light Shine on our Stories

by Stacy Clark

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 


May 4, 2014

Write a Shadow of a Story in 140 Characters or Less

by Stacy Clark

We've been fascinated by the efforts of many writers to create what are really shadows of a larger story using the 140 character limitation of Twitter. 

As we prepare to hatch our next technology roll-out, which will include new tools for writers & publishers and a slick new dashboard design for both, we are curious whether this abreviated narrative would help us bring more writers and publishers together.

For example, if we were to tweet "Email us your 140 max-character MEMOIR," a journalist like Annie Harrison-Dunn may respond with one of her clever teasers, such as: "Confronted by the sameness and change of it all, he sighed deeply. This was the lake upon which he once skimmed stones." (119-characters)

Writer Ben Mines may reply to a similar request for CRIME, writing, "Take her out! Jules was told. So he did. It was a nice clean shot too. But then his boss phoned to ask if his wife was having a good time." (140 characters)

A call for ROMANCE may return a tease like this one by writer Joanna M. Weston: "He texted me during math class. I caught his eye. We met for coffee. Classes over, we went to my place; proved one plus one makes three." (136-characters)

You get the idea.

If you have a 140-character or less silhouette of a story running in your mind, please share it with us and we will post the most compelling ones on our blog and occasionally direct them to our publishing partners. You never know, a clever tweet may inspire a publisher to search for you as an author on the web or on our site, where you can easily create your writer profile, upload and categorize your work, and then pitch your idea to get discovered.

Let us know what you think.

Send your 140-character limit story tweets to me at

Write On!


Apr 3, 2014

Writers are Like Addicts

by Stacy Clark

Inkubate's core business model involves the market of 25 million aspiring writers who spend a ton of money each year on advice, editorial services, websites, conferences, workshops, and postage, just trying to get noticed. We writers are like addicts; believe me, I know. Just like many of you, I've spent a small fortune over many years doing whatever was necessary to get a traditional publishing deal. We know that it can be nearly impossible unless you are a proven "marketable" author, celebrity, or if you are fortunate to be represented by a top agency.

We created Inkubate to be a submission, discovery, curation, and collaboration platform for intellectual property. Our goal remains steadfast: to build the smartest, simplest, most streamlined experience for writers to showcase their works and for publishers to discover those marketable manuscripts that will be welcomed by readers and drive publishing revenues higher. 

We'll be closing on our first round of funding soon and are looing forward to adding the technological enhancements that will provide more powerful discovery and marketability tools for publishers and meaningful feedback for writers.


Aug 19, 2013

Judging of the Literary Blockbuster Challenge is Complete!

by Stacy Clark

Inkubate is pleased to announce that the judging for our Literary Blockbuster Challenge has concluded and our winners have been contacted. We are so grateful to all of the hundreds of writers who participated.

As soon as we have received verification from the winners that they meet the eligibilty requirements, we will share their works with our vetted editors and agents who are looking forward to the opportunity to review these fresh works of literature. Once their reviews are complete, we will share the winners' names publicly.

Thank you again to all of our writers who have participated in our first literary contest and to our wonderful judges who have made it possible.

All press requests regarding information should be directed to Stacy Clark at Please forward your press credentials along with your request.


Aug 9, 2013

Winners to be Announced Soon

by Stacy Clark

Our judges are still deliberating over the finalists in our Literary Blockbuster Challenge. We are looking forward to speaking with them soon and making their news your news. 

It's been a busy summer here at Inkubate, as we have been focused on building new tools for the writing and publishing communities. We have heard from many of you about the kind of writer experience you would like to see on Inkubate and we are so happy to include your perspectives as we move ahead. We know that many of you want to be able to track the number of times that your work has been viewed by our vetted editors and agents and this feature is at the top of our wish list too.

Thank you to all of our writers for trusting Inkubate with their most important work. 

Have a great weekend.


Jun 6, 2013

Inkubate's Long List Winners Announced!

by Stacy Clark

“For two months all we did was read. There were detective novels and coming of age stories, mysteries and science fiction, historical and even some erotic literature. There were so many great entries that narrowing down our selections to just a few became a daunting task. In the end, I think we found some writers with exceptional talent, and that made all the reading worthwhile.” – Nathan Feuerberg

Nathan Feuerberg, usually busy writing short stories, novels, and plays, collaborated recently with James Joyce Scholar, Susan Sutliff Brown, and author Mary Katherine Wainwright, Ph.D. to read and judge over 600 original novels submitted to Inkubate’s first Literary Blockbuster Challenge. Inkubate is indebted to this remarkable team and we’re delighted to announce, in no particular order, their Long List winners:

  • Jenny Parker Nichols
  • Alison L. McLennan
  • David A. Fiore
  • Susan T. Chehak
  • John Domini
  • Donald O’Crane
  • Eremi M. Amabee
  • Abeer Y. Hoque
  • Steve Mitchell
  • Rachel Stolzman Gullo
  • Scott Holliday
  • Joseph Laizure
  • Kalliope Lee
  • Susan L. Sheppard
  • Pamela King Cable
  • Carol Howell
  • Theodore Wheeler
  • Gina N. Wohlsdorf
  • Claudia Jannone
  • Marcia Peek
  • Douglas Light

These writers’ works will now be reviewed by our top-judges, lead by James W. Hall, author of Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers. Winners of Inkubate’s Literary Blockbuster Challenge will be announced the first week in August.


Mar 29, 2013

Two Days Left to Enter Inkubate's Literary Blockbuster Challenge!

by Stacy Clark

Writers have two days left to enter Inkubate's Literary Blockbuster Challenge.

Here's what writers need to do:

Register as an Inkubate writer on our homepage:

Once registered, return to homepage to Login (link is on top right-hand corner of homepage).

Once logged in, click on "Add Work."

Type the Title, write a brief Synopsis and copy and paste an Excerpt from the work using our 'paste from word' tool.

On the blue right-hand side bar of 'Add Work' page, be sure to choose "Fiction" and "Novel" as your Format. This will trigger the "Enter in contest" box to appear further below. Also choose one to three Categories that best describe your work. You need to click "Add" each time you select a category.

Scroll to bottom right-hand corner of page and click on the "Enter in contest" box. Scroll up to agree to the contest's Terms of Use.

Finally, scroll to bottom left-hand side of page and click on the Browse tab to upload entire manuscript. PDFs are preferred.

Be certain to SAVE WORK otherwise your upload will not occur and your information will be lost. Each time you SAVE WORK, you will return to your Writer Dashboard. Simply click on the title of your work to return to the Add Work page, where you may continue editing your information.

Be sure to SAVE WORK each time edits are entered.

Uploading a newer version of a manuscript will replace any earlier verison of the work. 

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Clark at or 214-505-9953.


Feb 23, 2013

Writers Anticipate Literary Blockbuster Challenge Deadline

by Stacy Clark

Following the recent San Miguel Writers' Conference and many other winter literary festivals, Inkubate welcomes the talented writers who are now uploading their unpublished and self-published novels in anticipation of our literary contest deadline of March 31, 2013.

A stunning panel of judges will be reviewing writer submissions.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), bestselling author James W. Hall (Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers), Woodstock Writers Festival CEO and memoirist Martha Frankel (Hats and Sunglasses), award-winning poet, President of PEN Mexico and National Endowment of the Arts Fiction Fellow, Jennifer Clement, and Fulbright Scholar and political satirist Larry Beinhart (Wag the Dog and How to Write a Mystery) will collectively review contest entries. When hearing that Inkubate's literary scholar, Susan S. Brown, Ph.D., was designing a contest to attract writers capable of creating a well-crafted, meaningful literary novel that's also a page-turner and commercial success, Jennifer Clement agreed to participate, stating that "the character-driven novel with plotting and suspense is the key ingredient of good storytelling."

When uploading a work for the contest, writers are asked to choose "Fiction" and "Novel" as their literary form. This triggers the contest entry box to appear. After checking the box, Inkubate's Terms of Use for the contest will appear and after agreeing to them and uploading and saving a novel as a PDF, writers' works will automatically be entered in this one-of-a-kind contest. Writers may upload partially completed novels and then return to re-upload completed works by March 31, 2013. Re-uploading a completed PDF automatically replaces any earlier version of a novel.

Writers seeking personalized attention in uploading works should email Inkubate co-founder, Stacy Clark, directly at 

Writers works are never visible to the public, but rather only to the vetted agents, editors and publishers we invite as members.

There is no entry fee for this contest and ten winners will receive a total of $10,000 in prizes. Top winners will also have their works reviewed by leading literary agencies, including Curtis Brown and Andy Ross, and editors from Random House, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Hachette Book Group.

With five weeks to go, our distingusihed panel of judges and everyone here at Inkubate are cheering writers on!

   Top left to right: James W. Hall, Jane Smiley and Larry Beinhart

   Bottom left to right: Martha Frankel and Jennifer Clement


Stacy Clark, a co-founder of Inkubate, is also an educator, writer and researcher who lives in Dallas, Texas.