For the last week on Writers Bloc, we've been publishing a short series around the theme of 'Ideas'. Today we wrap this series up with a 'What's My Scene?' post from Inkshares, a small crowdfunded publisher.


Inkshares is a book publisher that has readers decide what we publish. We edit, design, print, market, and distribute to bookstores like any publisher any book that hits a pre-order goal on our platform. To help foster this community of readers and to make it easier for writers to get involved, on June 11th we launched a feature called "ideas." Anyone with a book idea can simply enter it on our site or tweet it to @inkshares with the hashtag #idea. Readers can flip through the ideas (a la Tinder), discovering books they'd like to read.

Since we launched, thousands of ideas have been submitted. Some humorous ("Mansplaining Feminism"), some serious ("One: One consciousness is shared by two bodies. One, a little boy in Gaza. The other, a little girl in Sderot."), and some that have started to develop a following ("Ranked: A world where everyone is ranked. The ones with the lowest rank get executed"). 

Our hope is that the "idea" feature helps us deliver on our mission to democratize the services offered by publishers. By turning Inkshares into a book hatchery, where ideas are tested with real readers, ideas that strike a chord are encouraged to become drafts, and popular drafts get enough pre-orders to become published - we can bring books into the world that may not have existed otherwise. 

To get involved and join our community, just visit, follow the ideas you want to become books, and submit your own.

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Sam van Zweden was Writers Bloc’s Online Editor from 2013 - 2015. A Melbourne-based writer and blogger, her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Tincture Journal, Page seventeen, and others. She’s passionate about creative nonfiction and cross stitch. She tweets @samvanzweden.

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