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TINK INK Publishing Site Reviewed on Webs.com Blog!

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on December 10, 2010 at 3:14 PM Comments comments (2)

We are so honored and humbled to have our site reviewed by the Webs.com team! Especially since it is a favorable review :)!!

Selecting Webs.com was an easy choice when we were setting up our site. This company offered a user friendly site for that was easy to navigate for novice website builders. They have a built in shopping cart which allowed us to be able to sell our book from the site. In addition, there are so many templates to choose from in a wide variety of themes. We've changed our look a couple of times since launching TINK INK and debuting The Bay Gull in July, 2009 and it is so easy modify the site!

Click here or see below to read the whole review. Thanks, Webs.com, for making our internet presence a breeze!!

Example Site Wednesday: TINK INK Publishing

We know that finding the perfect gift for a kid can be hard. Who knows what they are into these days and who’s to say that they will like the latest toy a month from now? The solution isn’t to run to the mall and grab a pack of socks that look like they may fit…don’t be that family member.

Instead, check out our example site this week: TINK INK Publishing, a site that promotes the work of Emerson M. Colwell, Jr., a children’s book author. TINK INK has only one book out so far, but it is wonderfully illustrated and written by Colwell himself and would make an excellent and unique (not to mention educational!) gift for a child. A plushy of the main character can also be ordered. Check out the site!


TINK INK Publishing is a solid website and we love how they use their own hand drawn artwork in the website header, it gives the website a welcoming feel and gives visitors a sense what the website is about. Check out these other Webs apps that TINK INK uses:

-          Webstore lets you organize all of your products easily for visitors to look through and purchase.

-          Contact page gives your visitors a channel of communication with you. It’s great for creating relationships, sealing a sale, or a way for visitors to troubleshoot.

-          CafePress App let you create shirts, mugs, bag, and much more for your website that visitors can purchase to support you.

We think that TINK INK has done an awesome job keeping their site simple. The top navigation bar makes browsing a breeze and there is enough empty space on each page to keep visitors interested.

Don’t worry, that’s not a typo. Empty or “white space” on a website is almost as important as the content itself. You want to make sure each webpage you create has just enough white space as this keeps each page from looking too cluttered. Having a lot of white space also keeps a visitor’s eyes moving so that text or links that are bolded or different colored stand out more. This is a great way to draw attention to a link that you want visitors to click on.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s example site. Stay tuned as we continue to help you with your holiday shopping with more awesome websites from our Webs users. If you want your website featured here, leave a comment below and you might be an example site in the future!


The Bay Gull review in The Bay August 2010

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on August 4, 2010 at 2:33 AM Comments comments (0)

In just a year, The Bay has grown as one of the most popular magazines in RI for information on "Living Well on the East Bay & South Coast." This free monthly magazine can be found throughout the Ocean State and we are SO proud to be featured in the August 2010 Kids Issue.

On page 24, Julie Sickel reviewed two books by local authors, Bun, Onion, Burger by Peter Mandel and The Bay Gull by Emerson Colwell. What an honor to be recognized with Mr. Mandel, adventure journalist and author of nine children's books.

For those of you who are unable to pick up your own copy, you can check out the review here!

Special thanks to Julie Sickel for the great review, The Bay's Editor Julie Tremaine for requesting a copy of the book when we were in town last March and the entire staff at The Bay for your hard work every month!

You can find them on Facebook - search "Bay Mag" and send a friend request.

Our Next Venture & the Create Your Own Opportunity Contest

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on June 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to all our friends & fans out there who voted for our idea, TheBayGull.co, in the "Create Your Own Opportunity" Contest!

Our "pitch" is for an amazing website that will combine many of the resources currently available on-line into one site all about the U.S. coastline. Well, that would be the start as I am sure there are just as many people outside of the U.S. who care about their protecting and preserving their coast lines!

The final outcome will be release on June 20, just 5 short days from now. In the mean time, we are working HARD to finish a book about Louisiana. Do you know how tough it is to scout down all the different sites for researching??? It is tough!!

Our vision with the newest The Bay Gull is to offer financial relief to all the non-profits working so hard in the Gulf. We anticipate the books being  priced at $12.95, we will offer a pre-purchase price of $10-.

If you have any great information about the area that we must absolutely include, PLEASE let us know!!!

Children's Author & Illustrator Emerson M. Colwell, Jr. Honored to Participate in Phoenix Head Start Literacy Day

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on April 17, 2010 at 12:32 AM Comments comments (0)

City of Phoenix Hosts 7th Annual Literacy Day with Head Start Schools on Tuesday, April 20

“This is a great honor to be a part of the 7th Annual Literacy Day sponsored by the City of Phoenix Human Services Department, Head Start program, “

 said Mr. Colwell

Phoenix, AZ – Children’s author/illustrator Emerson M. Colwell, Jr. will be one of 66 volunteers helping to promote literacy with three to five-year-old children. The 7th Annual Literacy Day, hosted by the City of Phoenix, takes place on Tuesday, April 20. This year, volunteers will be reading the book Hop Jump by author/illustrator Ellen Stoll Walsh whose popular children’s books also include Mouse Paint and Mouse Count.


More than 90 Phoenix Head Start classrooms will be visited and the volunteer list includes Mayor Phil Gordon, Councilman Bill Gates and City Manager Davis Cavazos.


All the Head Start classrooms will receive a copy of the book and 3,090 children will receive their own book to take home.


Mr. Colwell will be reading at Esperanza Elementary School, 251 W. Mohawk Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85027 at 9:30 a.m. and the media is welcome to attend.


About the Author

Inspired by his love for the Ocean State and the beautiful Rhode Island coastline, Emerson M. Colwell, Jr. wrote and illustrated his newly released first children’s book The Bay Gull. His second book, The Fisher Cat, will be released later this year.


Emerson resides in Peoria, AZ with his wife and three children.


For more information, visit www.tinkinkpublishing.com.



Save The Bay events in March, 2010

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on April 6, 2010 at 12:07 PM Comments comments (0)

The Bay Gull flew in to Save The Bay's Exploration Center in Newport, RI and Education Center in Providence, RI during our recent trip to the East Coast. In addition to sharing his story, Emerson covered information about marine wildlife and environmental management with a group of children destined to be committed to saving our Bay!

Thank you, Save The Bay, for all  you do to help protect our waterways!!

Pick up your October copy of WindCheck Magazine!

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on October 19, 2009 at 2:14 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey New Englanders!

Be sure to grab the latest issue of WindCheck Magazine available at over 800 shoreline locations throughout CT, NY, RI, MA and NJ.  In addition to all the latest sailing information, you'll find an awesome review of "The Bay Gull" on p. 38!

Thank you, WindCheck!


"The Bay Gull" review by Anika Denise featured in East Bay Newpapers

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on September 6, 2009 at 2:44 AM Comments comments (0)

“The Bay Gull,” by Emerson M. Colwell Jr.


And speaking of community celebrations, check out this new cleverly titled, independently-published kids book about a sea gull who finds a bagel in Bristol and shares it on his travels. While the illustrations are fairly rudimentary pencil drawings, the concept and nod to familiar Narragansett Bay landmarks such as Prudence Island, the Newport Bridge, and the Castle Hill and Point Judith Lighthouses make it hard to resist. The book includes a fun map for kids of the flight path of the gull, from Bristol, all the way down to the southeastern tip of Block Island.


It’s clear that for Colwell—a Bristol-native—the project was labor of love, paying homage to his home state and the community in which he grew up. (He now resides in Arizona with his wife and three children.)

The author gets back to the East Bay once every year with his family and will be visiting local bookstores to promote his book this week. When asked what he missed most about life in Rhode Island, Colwell naturally said, the bay! “I love the ocean and living by the water.”


Mr. Colwell will be at Barrington Books on County Road in Barrington, Rhode Island: Thursday, July 2 at 10:30 am reading and signing copies of his books.


This column was originally published on 7.2.09 in East Bay Life - East Bay Newspapers. For story reprints, contact [email protected].


Anika Denise is a children’s book author, mother of two little girls, and the host of Thursday morning story hour (10:30 a.m.) at Barrington Books in Rhode Island. Her column "Bookmarks" is a weekly feature of the East Bay Newspapers. Bookmarks reports on new trends in children's books, discusses classic and emerging children's authors and artists, and provides suggestions and advice for parents looking for books to read to, and with, their children.



Upcoming Book Reading & Author Apperance at Berean's Book Store

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on July 26, 2009 at 5:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you for everyone who has supported the launch of

"The Bay Gull"

The first appearance & children's book reading in Arizona is scheduled for

Friday, July 31st at 10:30 AM

at Berean's Book Store

7401 W. Bell Rd, Peoria, AZ


Please come out and join us and feel free to forward this to your friends!!

This new children's book was written and illustrated by Emerson M. Colwell, Jr. who grew up in Bristol, RI. Emerson has been drawing cartoons for as long as he can remember, mostly about sports that he loves. He never thought about writing a children's book although he reads a lot of them to his own three children. One night in August, 2008, he had a dream about "The Bay Gull." The next day, he wrote out the story and started the illustrations of the sea gull's flight from Bristol Bagel Works south to Block Island. The pictures in the book were drawn from his own memories of the Bay.

Emerson currently resides in Arizona with his wife & children. The book has been well received in the desert. The children (and adults) who have read the story think that "Hog Island" and "Beavertail" are made up places with humorous animal characters created for the book. "The Bay Gull" made it's official Rhode Island debut in early July with several author appearances and signings including a spot at the Fourth of July Parade in Bristol. The cute sea gull, rhyming story and references to local locations were hits for all Rhode Islanders.

The book is currently offered at twelve different locations throughout the Narragansett Bay Area in RI(listed below) and through the website www.thebaygull.com.

We are committed to donating a portion of the profits from the book to non-profit organizations providing educational resources for children and working to protect the beauty of the Ocean state.

For more information, contact us anytime through the website or by calling 401-286-2650.

Thank you!!!!

Mona Colwell

TINK INK Publishing



Check out these great places to shop in RI!

Barrington Books, 184 County Road Barrington, RI 02806 (401) 245-7925

A Novel Idea, 450 Hope Street Bristol, RI 02809 (401) 396-9360

Bristol Bagel Works, 420 Hope St Bristol, RI 02809

Herreshoff Marine Museum, One Burnside Street PO Box 450, Bristol RI 02809 (401) 253-5000

Grapes & Gourmet, Inc., 9 E Ferry Wharf Jamestown, RI 02835 (401) 423-0070

Island Books, Wyatt Square 575 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 02842 (401) 849-2665

Shell Boutique, 32 A Pier Marketplace Narragansett, RI 02882 (401) 788-8046

Armchair Sailor, 543 Thames Street Newport, RI 02840 (401) 847-4252

Primavera Newport, 4 Bowen's Wharf Newport, RI 02840 1-877-841-0757

Social Expressions, 295 S. Main Street Providence, RI 401-831-1000

Waves of Creation, 330 Main Street Wakefield, RI 02879 (401) 284-3844

Whimsies, 4 Church Street Warren, RI 02885 (401) 289-2404

Coming Soon To: Wicks N Sticks at The Boathouse, 311 Great Island Road (across from the RI Ferry in Pt. Judith,) Narragansett, RI 02882 (401) 783-4005 and Only In Rhode Island, The Shops at Long Wharf, Newport, RI (401) 846-5006

Thanks for supporting local business & for helping to promote "The Bay Gull!"

Press Release

Posted by TINK INK Publishing on May 31, 2009 at 2:22 AM Comments comments (0)

TINK INK Publishing



Contact: Mona Colwell

Tel. 623-271-8992

Cell Phone 401-286-2650

E-mail: [email protected]



Author & Illustrator debuts RI Children's Book for the Fourth of July


Emerson M. Colwell, Jr., a native of Bristol, RI currently residing in Peoria, AZ will debut his new book "The Bay Gull" in RI the first week of July.


The book, a tale about a sea gull who shares his bagel with new friends on his journey, features illustrated locations from Bristol, Prudence Island, Hog Island, Newport, Jamestown, Narragansett and Block Island. The author added an illustrated map of the bay area providing a geography lesson for readers.


Although the book is based is RI, the audience is all children at heart who enjoy a great story.


10% of all proceeds from the book will be donated to local organizations working to preserve the beauty of the state. Interested recipients can contact Mona Colwell.


Book readings and signings with Emerson Colwell will be taking place at the following locations:


Wednesday, July 1st from 10:30 - 11:00 AM at Out & About Kids, 185 Nausauket Rd, Warwick, RI

Thursday, July 2nd from 10:30 - 11:30 AM at Barrington Books, 184 County Rd, Barrington, RI weekly storytime with children's author Anika Denise, Barrington, RI

Thursday, July 2nd from 2-4 PM at Social Expressions, 295 S. Main Street, Providence, RI

Friday, July 3rd from 7 - 9 AM at Bristol Bagel Works, 420 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Friday, July 3rd from 11 AM - 2 PM at A Novel Idea, 450 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Saturday, July 4th from 8:30 -11 AM at 101 High Street, Bristol, RI (before the Parade)

Sunday, July 5th from 12 - 2 PM at Armchair Sailor, 543 Thames St, Newport, RI

If you would like more information about the book or to schedule an appearance with the author, please contact Mona Colwell at 401-286-2650 or e-mail [email protected]