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.
At Bluemoose Books we don’t commission books via pie charts, Venn diagrams and long, long chats with our accountant. (We do have an accountant, but he lives a long, long way away and speaks Venutian). What we do is fall in love with stories: stories that engage and inspire and are beautifully written, when all you want to do, at the end of a crappy day, is disappear into a great book and be transported by words, events, characters and stories. At Bluemoose we have those books in buckets.
And we have had some successes, too. Our authors have been shortlisted for national and international literary prizes: BEASTINGS by Benjamin Myers won the Portico Literature Prize 2015 and PIG IRON the Gordon Burn Prize. KING CROW by Michael Stewart won the Guardian’s Not the Booker and was a World Book Night recommended read. Our latest novel, IF YOU LOOK FOR ME, I AM NOT HERE by Sarayu Srivatsa, when published in India under the title THE LAST PRETENCE was longlisted for the Man Asian Booker.
We’ve sold books to Hollywood and TV stations in the UK. Our books have been translated into Russian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, and Turkish and sold in 42 countries. We have just sold our first book in Greenland. Someone in Nuuk is reading a Bluemoose book, and that makes me smile.
We have achieved this, I think, because we have brilliant editors who spend a great deal of time tweaking and polishing these stories until they shine. Please say hello to our brilliant editors, Lin Webb, Leonora Rustamova, Hetha Jane Duffy, Janet Oosthuizen and Pippa McCarthy. Without their brilliant eyes and minds, we wouldn’t be publishing these great stories.
Kevin Duffy (Bluemoose Co-founder)
Listen to the Bluemoose podcast: Anna Chilvers discusses her fabulous new novel, TAINTED LOVE, and Kevin Duffy, co-founder of Bluemoose Books, talks about the book industry, and how independent publishing is the real deal.
Interview with Sarayu Srivatsa
There is no better way to find out what a publisher is all about than by spending time with their authors. See if you are free to pop along to one of our events. If you can’t, sign up to our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted about forthcoming events.
- Michael Stewart - World Book Day event at Wythenshawe Manchester (21st April 2016)
- Colette Snowden - World Book Night event in Rochdale (23rd April 2016)
- Michael Stewart at the Bradford Literature Festival (21st May 2016)
- Kevin Duffy at the Bradford Literature Festival (21st May 2016)
- Anna Chilvers: launch of TAINTED LOVE at The Book Case, Hebden Bridge (25th May, 7pm)
- Dan Micklethwaite at the Bradford Literature Festival (May 29th)
- Sarayu Srivatsa, Anna Chilvers, Heidi James at Waterstones Piccadilly, London (2nd June 2016)
- Michael Stewart, Anna Chilvers, Kevin Duffy at Northern Short Story Awards, Leeds (4th June 2016)
Review of THE SECRET TO NOT DROWNING
Take a look at these reviews of a dark, insightful novel about a controlling, bullying husband, by Colette Snowden.
Sign up to our newsletter and be up to speed on this year’s forthcoming titles:
- TAINTED LOVE by Anna Chilvers (26th May)
- THE LESS THAN PERFECT LEGEND OF DONNA CREOSOTE by Dan Micklethwaite (28th July)
- THE CODEX EPIPHANIX by David E Oprava (28th July)
- THE HANDSWORTH TIMES by Sharon Duggal (27th September)