Inkshares Partners with The Sword & Laser

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Crowdfunded Book Publisher Launches "Collections" Feature with Science Fiction/Fantasy Publishing Contest

This partnership with The Sword & Laser allows us to deepen our relationship with the science fiction and fantasy reader community

Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced today a partnership with The Sword & Laser, an award-winning science fiction and fantasy podcast and community, to launch a feature called “Collections”—allowing third parties to run publishing imprints on Inkshares.

As part of this launch, Inkshares is running a contest to help emerging science fiction and fantasy writers get their books published. The top five most ordered science fiction and fantasy projects on Inkshares by May 31st, 2015 will be published, even if they haven’t hit their pre-order goal. Of those five, The Sword & Laser will select one to be their debut title in their Collection, receiving The Sword & Laser branding, an interview on their podcast, and coaching from co-writer of Star Wars: Rogue One and debut author Gary Whitta, in addition to being published by Inkshares and distributed nationally into independent bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple:

“The purpose of Inkshares is to have reader communities, not editors or agents, decide what gets published,” said Jeremy Thomas, CEO, “And this partnership with The Sword & Laser allows us to deepen our relationship with the science fiction and fantasy reader community so they can put the next Andy Weir or Hugh Howey in their local bookstore.”

“At The Sword & Laser, we’re devoted to science fiction and fantasy books,” said Veronica Belmont, co-host of The Sword & Laser. “We encounter so many talented, emerging writers in this genre. Launching a Collection on Inkshares helps us use our reach to support new authors by connecting them with our passionate audience. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to add more voices to this community, and can’t wait to hold a new ‘Sword & Laser’ book in our hands.”

The Sword & Laser and Inkshares will announce the winners of The Sword & Laser Collection contest on June 1, 2015.

About The Sword & Laser
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, video show and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. Check them out at

About Inkshares
Inkshares is a reader-driven publisher. They have readers select the books they publish—they then edit, design, print, distribute, and market any book that meets a pre-order threshold. Since launching in February 2014, 37 books have reached their pre-order goal, and Inkshares has received coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Publishers Weekly. Check them out at

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