I’ve never really realised how hard it is to write consciously and then revisit your writing before pressing ‘publish’, this writing lark is harder than I thought it might be…
I’ve read a couple of books on the writing process and started a poetry course and though it has been hard work I’ve really enjoyed setting myself writing goals and working toward them.
Happy with these small steps, and will reward myself with cake after the first full week of diary entries.
What I’ve been up to this week and other news.
Always enjoy the best ‘holiday’ of the year, Hallowe’en, and even treated myself to a new shirt to celebrate at work.
The week has consisted of getting new information for this newsletter and for the blog, but also in writing out plans for all of the projects I’m working on at the moment.
Hopefully this will give me clearer directions of where to go and more time to actually make content for the projects rather than always chasing my tail.
Whilst working to consolidate the various blogs and information I also thought the weekly round-up could do with a publisher or bookshop feature in it, this week sees the next one to be added; b small publishing.
Just head down past the lists and see what they answered to the Publisher Profile questions.
Recently added bookshops and publishers.
The All-New Swimmers Club (publisher)
Ambit Magazine (publisher)
The Amorist (publisher)
The Bangor Literary Journal (Publisher)
Submissions and applications.
Becoming a Writer Course, with Farhana Shaikh – open for applications, apply by 12/12/21
Broken Sleep Books, submissions open for poetry pamphlets (up to 40 pages), closes 30/11/21
Café Writers 2021 Poetry Competition open for submission, closes 30/11/21
époque press, an e-zine on the theme of ‘Withdrawal’, closes 31/03/22
Ginkgo Prize for EcoPoetry, closes 21/12/21
Louder than Words Festival, at the Innside Hotel Manchester between the 12/11/21 and 14/11/21
Manchester Literature Festival, live events between 09/10/21 and 17/10/21, with online events between 01/11/21 and 14/11/21
Meet The Authors - The Rabbit Hole are excited to welcome Rob and Tom Sears, co-authors of the wonderful 'The Biggest Footprint' 6:30-7:30pm 11/11/21
Murder One Fest, events around Dublin between 06/11/21 and 27/11/21
Newcastle Noir 2021 at Newcastle City Library, 05/12/21
New and upcoming book releases.
Be Feared - Jane Burn - Nine Arches Press (11/11/21)
The Fell - Sarah Moss - Pan Macmillan (11/11/21)
The Wordhord - Hana Videen - Profile Books (11/11/21)
Unravelling Women’s Art - P.L. Henderson - Aurora Metro Publications (11/11/21)
Everyday Kindness - edited by LJ Ross - Dark Skies Publishing (13/11/21)
Project Editor / Editorial Manager with Little, Brown Book Group, closes 05/11/21
Publication Assistant with Atwood Tate, unsure of closing date
Publicity Assistant with Faber and Faber, closes 21/11/21
Publishing Assistant with Goldsmiths Press, closes 22/11/21
Senior Marketing Manager with Pan Macmillan, closes 07/11/21
b small publishing
b small publishing is based in Twickenham and can be contacted using:
Our business is 100% LGBT and women owned. We are committed members of Inclusive Minds and have signed up to their charter, EVERYBODY IN! This means that we work hard to make sure our business and our books are as inclusive of diversity as possible. If you think we can do better, get in touch and let us know.
In their own words…
When did you start publishing?
We first started publishing in the early 1990s, originally producing creative high-quality activity books for the Early Learning Centre, before starting to publish bilingual books focusing on first words in English, French and Spanish.
What made you want to start publishing?
Our founder, Cath Bruzzone, started her career as a French teacher before moving into publishing. Cath worked at Pan creating and marketing, among other things, language learning books and CDs for adults and children, promoting her passion for learning a foreign language. Our publisher, Sam Hutchinson, worked in an after-school club for kids as a student where he saw the positive effect a well-made information book can have on a child. Publishing combines his passion for finding things out with his passion for telling people about them!
What do you specialise in?
We specialise in foreign language learning and creative, hands-on information books for kids.
Where are you based?
We are based in Twickenham.
Do you have a submission window, if so when?
We create everything in-house and so do not accept submissions.
Who are you?
We are Cath and Sam, (co-directors and owners), Vicky Barker (Art director) and a small team of freelancers, authors and illustrators.
What is your background in the book industry?
Between them, Cath, Sam and Vicky have lots of years of experience and have worked at Pan, HarperCollins and Usborne.
Talk about some of your books if possible?
This past year has been great for us, with some truly wonderful books published and lots of awards!
Our spooky sensation Real- Life Mysteries (by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker) won the Blue Peter Book award for ‘Best book with facts’, The Histronauts: An Egyptian Adventure (by Frances Durkin and Grace Cooke) won the NSTBA Information book category, and to top it all off, we’ve also published a brand new language learning series, Hello Languages!
Since sending in their information b small publishing have made it into the Regional Shortlist for a Nibbie, in The British Book Awards new category for Small Press of the Year. Congratulations!
What’s happening next week?
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
With the world stepping up a gear for Christmas, most of what I’ll be doing is putting books onto shelves and then into peoples hands, going home and sleeping.
I’ll also be continuing my dive into NaNoWriMo and writing a diary post about this every day at Wicked Words blog, and if you’re really lucky I could post some of my writing exercises…
A big part of the coming week is to mirror the publisher profile pages from Indie Publishers across to Indie Bookshops so that the information is all in one place, then work on the Bookish Podcast page, and updating the Subscription Services page, all the while adding more publishers and bookshops to the lists.
And, as always, if you have any news or offers you would like included in the newsletter please email me at email@example.com and I’ll get it on ASAP.
I’ve got another Book Bear pin giveaway, I’ll give away a pin to five subscribers to the newsletter once I reach 300 free subscribers (at 104 now).
Once I get there I will choose five subscribers at random and contact you using the email used to sign up to the newsletter with.
A reminder that a paid subscription to this newsletter is only the cost of a large coffee once a month. This helps with lots of things but right now it would help for domain and hosting costs for the various projects.
All information is going to continue to be free so this is just a thank you to me for collating it all.
The links to the various projects can be found at: