Where all all the cover images?

We firmly believe that the best thing you can do as an author is to focus on your craft—writing. Any work outside of that—cover design, marketing—is a distraction.

Verso.ink is religiously focused on helping you build your audience through your writing and want to level the playing field and not have any friction for an author to get their work out into the world.

For those who already have published work, we've included a place where you can upload existing cover images that will appear at the end of all your entries and link directly to your Amazon pages.

How do I get started?

Readers: If you'd like to upvote work, you can register for free here. You'll automatically be signed up and have access to up-vote stories and to post your work.

Authors: If you want your work featured, please apply here.

  1. Fill out the form, including an excerpt from your book or short story.
  2. We'll review your work and if it meets our community standards, we'll approve it
  3. Once approved, we'll provide you a username and password and pre-populate you entry for publishing.
  4. Login and fill out your profile (social profiles, upload a photo, and provide links to any books on Amazon.)
Publish an entry:
  1. On the sidebar, click Entries and then the New Entry button on the right side.
  2. Enter in your title, sub-title (or chapter, preliminary info, setting, etc), genre, sub-genre and finally body copy.
  3. Add a call-to-action by clicking the CTA button at the bottom of the page. "Read More on Amazon" and a link should suffice.
  4. Submit for review to our moderators. Once approved, we'll make it live.
  5. Share on social media and tell your friends to upvote you!

If you get stuck, have feedback, comments, or just want to chat, email me andrew@verso.ink and I'm happy to help.

Can I publish steamy romance, tasteless drivel, or extremely rough first drafts?

No. See our community standards for details.

Who owns the work?

Whomever owns the copyright. If you own the rights, you keep them. If your publisher does, they maintain the rights (it might be wise to check with them before publishing here). Additionally, anyone you add to your email list goes directly to your list provider—we don't see the submissions nor collect them.

How much can I publish?

You can submit as many entries as you like. Note that every submission needs to go through moderation prior to publication.

What's the ideal length for an entry?

We've found that works between 3000 and 5000 words are ideal. This is meant to give them a taste of your work and lead them to take action, not to publish your entire work.

On a related note, we recommend any submission be independent of your other submissions. Meaning, first chapters, short stories, and flash fiction are great. Serialized stories, full books, and anything over 10k are not.

What does it cost?

Zero dollars. Zilch. Nada.

We want you to succeed in building your audience. As such, revenue isn't the primary driver here.

In terms of revenue, we are planning on keeping the site ad-free at this point. That policy might change if server costs become too much to bear. If that's the case, you'd be given the opportunity to opt-out of ads for a nominial yearly price.

Meanwhile, in order to recoup server and maintenance costs, we attach affiliate links to any book links to Amazon.

Who's doing this, and why?

See our About Us page.