These are exciting times at Bluemoose. Two of our books have been sold to North American Publishing houses; THE GALLOW POLE by Benjamin Myers has been longlisted for a leading literary fiction prize and two new titles coming up this year. There is also sad news: Adrian Barnes, author or NOD, died in January.
Since we last had a chat we've published two books: MAN WITH A SEAGULL ON HIS HEAD by Harriet Paige, which has been short listed for The Guardian's NOT THE BOOKER, and THE GALLOWS POLE by Benjamin Meyers. We are also proud to announce that next month we be publishing SO THE DOVES by Heidi James and that Bluemoose Books is now part of The Northern Fiction Alliance.
Antlers have been scrubbed, a balloon bought and a trip to Greggs planned. When we first had the idea of starting up a publishing company, I ironed a shirt and went to see the bank manager. Mr Braithwaite was a cross dresser from Burnley in his late forties and an obsessive Gilbert and Sullivan fan who, at the drop of a feather boa, would perform act 2 of THE MIKADO whilst tilling up.
Apparently if newsletters are to work, I have to empathise, get all your reading ducks in a row, and have a story that will have you laughing and weeping into your Sunday roast. And I do. It involves double-barrelled literary agents, the Ivy restaurant in London, and the second son of an Earl of the realm. But more of that later. Relax, I’m not going to go Full disclosure, yet. So breathe out, and read on.