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  1. This is something a little bit different and, I believe, the first time we've had a publisher interview so do let me know what you think (either here or via a direct message) and whether you'd be interested in similar interviews in the future. Mortons are a printers and independent publishers with a fascinating history going back to the 19th century (seriously, it even involves shipwreck! You can read their full history on their website https://www.mortons.co.uk/dates.html ). Now they're looking for authors. I spoke to Steven O'Hara about their exciting new project... So, I understand that Morton's long history has involved a range of newspaper, magazine and bookazine publishing. Now, for the first time, the company will be branching out into book publishing... Where did this decision come from? We have built up a significant archive of content and have lots of exceptional Authors that we work with. So it was a natural progression from our magazines to bookazines and now into the world of books. What types of books are you hoping to publish? We are not restricting the areas that we plan to operate in, but starting where we are strong in non-fiction. Could you tell us a little bit about the publishing process? Say a book comes in that's just what you're looking for, what happens next? Once we have a good idea to work with, the team here will work with the Author to polish the idea. Once we are happy that we have a good chance of success we will agree timings and commercials. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? We really want to work with you so get in touch, you have the ideas and the creatives to bring your passions to life. We want to help find a commercial route for you. What's the best way for readers to support independent publishers like yourselves? It’s so important that we know what readers like, this will ensure that we can offer new books to the right people. I know there are some wonderfully talented people on the forum, so if you have an idea, or even a book in progress, you can email Steve directly at SOHara@Mortons.co.uk. They plan to review and respond to every idea sent to them so hopefully we'll be seeing some interesting new books from Mortons!
  2. 10th Anniversary Writing Competition As part of the celebrations we are hosting a Book Club Forum Short Story Competition. Sharpen up your pencils and have your notebooks at the ready! All entries are to be emailed to me by Tuesday 30th June [Now extended to 14th July] and I will then post them anonymously on the forum. We will then have a 2 week reading and voting period before the winner is announced. The winner will be the story that receives the most votes in the thread. As this is the 10th birthday for our forum, the theme will be "10". That's all we are giving you. From here on in, your story is your own. Rules You can enter as many times as you like. Your story should be no more than 20,000 words. Your story should contain the selected theme. Your story should be entirely your own work and you should be happy for it to be published on the forum as part of the competition. Once the winning story is announced, it is then up to you if you would like to reveal which was your entry. The competition is open to all members and mods alike and if you would like to collaborate with another member, you can, although you will have to fight it out between yourselves for the prize. The winner will be the story that receives the most votes at the end of the two week voting period and the lucky author/s will receive a Mystery Prize ( I can hear you all Ooooohing and Aaaaahing) Once a vote is cast it can not be changed, so please vote carefully! The email address to send your entries to is katrinabower2000-work@yahoo.co.uk Please let me know in this thread if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them. Good Luck and Happy Writing!!
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