The Important Bits (FAQs)

What is Ink and Sage?

Ink and Sage is a tiny podcast for writers – emphasis on the tiny. I don’t plan on having any episodes longer than 10 minutes because I don’t want to keep anyone out of their writing for too long. My goal is to become a better writer by learning what works and what doesn’t, and I hope that we can learn together. In each episode, I read and react to two or three opening paragraphs submitted by lovely writing folk just like you.

Where can I find the podcast?

The podcast is hosted by Anchor and can be found on the following platforms:
Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify, and RSS feed.

How do I get in touch?

Email or tweet @inkandsagepod on Twitter. Comments, feedback, and suggestions welcome! Consider rating and reviewing while you’re at it, too – it really helps the podcast reach more people.

How do I submit to the podcast?

Email with “Submission” in the subject, and your opening paragraph in the body of the email. (Attachments are more likely to get caught by the spam filter and I would really hate to miss your submission!)

What do I submit to the podcast?

The opening paragraph of your story – whether it’s a WIP (work in progress) or fully formed. This should be the very first paragraph of the story, even if it’s a prologue.

Please also include:
– the title (or working title) of the story
– your name, pen name, or how you would like to be attributed (“Anonymous” is fine too!)
– your website and/or social media, if you have them, so I can link them in the show notes

I may do special episodes in the future, focusing on first sentences, chapter openings, dialogue, or other topics – I’ll put out calls for that on the show, so be sure to tune in!

Can I submit anonymously?

Yes! All you need to do is say “I’d like to remain anonymous” in the email.

Can I submit (insert genre here)?

Most likely, yes! I’m open to all genres except erotica.

What about poetry?

Sorry, no. As much as I love poetry, this isn’t the right podcast for that. If there’s enough interest, I might do a separate podcast for poetry one day though.

What about fanfiction?

Sadly, I have to say no to this as well. I love and appreciate fanfiction. Fanfiction was my writing home for a long time. But I can’t read it out for legal reasons, so please only submit your own original work.

Can I submit (insert age range here)?

Absolutely! I’m not sure that this podcast format works for childrens’ books, but middle grade, young adult, teens, tweens, whatever you want to call it – bring it on! Just be sure to tell me in the email if it’s MG, YA, etc. so I can approach it with the appropriate mindset!

I write in a duo/trio/collab – can I submit?

Yes! But please make sure that your collaborator/s are on board with it, that you have their permission to submit, and that you only submit a particular opening once between you.

I’ve submitted an opening before – can I submit again?

Yes! Please don’t submit the same opening more than once (even if you’ve reworked it), and please don’t submit another opening (e.g. a chapter opening) from the same work. But if, like me, you have multiple projects on the go – feel free to submit from any or all of them!

I have more than one opening paragraph I want to submit – can I?

Yes, as long as they’re not all from the same project! Please submit each opening in a separate email though, as I refer back to the emails when recording and I would hate to put the wrong info together.

My work is quite sweary/violent/traumatic etc. – can I submit it?

Yes – but please put an “E” in the email subject so I can group explicit stuff together and mark the episode/s appropriately.

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