Congratulations, Mark….

….you are now a published author!!

IMG_9371aL-R: Sarah Lapallo, Owner and Senior Designer, Cindi Reardon, Mark Reardon, author.

This past Saturday, Mark Reardon had a book launch to announce his new book, Sarah: A Forgotten Patriot. There was a terrific turnout, lots of food, and truly wonderful people.

About the Book:

In 1775 Sarah Hardy is a young newly-wed living the life she had always dreamt about. Suddenly her world explodes. She is dragged into a war she neither understands nor wants any part of. As she follows her husband and his regiment into the wilderness of the northern New York, she begins to learn the meaning- and the cost -of patriotism.


In only two years she experiences more of life and death than most people will ever know in a life time. Although she is not a soldier, there is nothing this army will not ask her to do. From scrubbing floors and doing laundry to being a servant for officers or performing duties as a nurse, every new task opens her eyes to the horror that is war.

Follow her as she falls ever further into the abyss of war. Share her fear as she is caught in a fire fight and her horror at the site of men being mutilated on the battlefield. Feel her anguish as she loses friends and relatives to the ravenous beast called war.


Through it all, she grows as a women and takes evermore ownership of the war and the situation she finds herself in. She and the women with her grow to become an indispensable part of the army and the war effort. Although little recognition will ever be given to her, or her comrades, she will become a true patriot.


IMG_9362aMark hilariously thanking everyone involved in the project, including Jacki and Christina, our wonderful editors.


Mark’s website,, was designed by his nephew!

IMG_9376aThey had a poster of his cover printed to use at book signings.

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Lastly, there was a *delicious* cake with the cover on it.

If you’d like to learn more about Mark’s new book, visit his website

Congratulations, Mark! You’re a published author!

-the Inkwell team



Our Editor Takes Questions

Q: I just finished writing the first book in my new trilogy. How do I format the name of the series on the title page?

A: There are a few different ways to go about including a series title on your book’s title page. How you format the title will largely depend on how you want the book to be referenced. That is, do you want the book to be identified first and foremost as a singular work, or as a part of the series?



If you think your series works better or makes more sense as a cohesive unit, then it’s smart to assume it will be referred to by the series title. A good example of this is The Lord of the Rings. The books have individual titles, but the entire story is more commonly known by the series title, because any one of the books would not function as well on its own. In this case, the series title should be italicized, because it’s being used in the same way as any other title. This is also a good option for books with short or ambiguous titles. A book titled Courage, for example, would be difficult for a reader to track down, due to the sheer quantity of existing titles that will include the word. Courage, book 2 of the Deadly Values series, by contrast, gives the reader much more specific information to use when searching for or telling others about your book.

On the other hand, if the book can stand alone as an individual story — say, if the books share a theme but tell their own stories in each — then it’s more likely to be referred to by the book’s title. In this case, the series title acts more as additional information, characterizing the nature of the series without explicitly titling it. An example of this use is found in the Harry Potter series: the series is not technically known by this title, but can be used to offer additional information about any of the books for identification and grouping purposes. In this case, the name of the series would not be italicized, because it is not being used as a formal title.

A good gauge is to ask yourself if a reader could pick up one book in the series without having read the others and still understand and enjoy it.

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Jacki_headshot2Jacki has been editing professionally since completing her study of the English language at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has been an Inkwell Book Co. editor since 2013. From memoirs to fiction to fantasy, she can’t resist a good story, and can usually be found at her rural Virginia home with her nose in a book and a cat in her lap.