Welcome to Inkspot Publishing, founded to overcome timidity in publishing. Fear and self-censorship suck the soul out of stories!
We launched our first two titles, All Grown Up by Catherine Evans and Fireweed by Richard Vaughan Davies on 26th Sept. Thank you to Hatchards, Piccadilly and Jaffe & Neale in Chipping Norton, who hosted us. Both bookshops were incredibly welcoming and helped us launch in style.
All Grown Up is now available on all major channels as an audiobook. It’s narrated by the incredibly talented Sarah Bowers, who has invested each character with their own highly distinctive voice. It's so much fun to listen to. Here’s the link to Audible: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CKTV8BDT
We love Fireweed so much that we've put it forward for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction: Watch this space to track its progress!
To celebrate our launch, we’re offering a free copy of All Grown Up, the paperback, to the first three subscribers who reply to [email protected] with the name of their favourite book of 2023.
We’re also offering a free copy of Fireweed, the paperback, to the first three subscribers who reply with the name of their favourite book of all time.
Please also get in touch if you would like to join our team of beta readers and if you would like to receive a free e-book of either title in exchange for a free and fair review.
THE LELA INITIATIVE
We are very proud to have sponsored The Lela Initiative2023 writing competition, won by Mr. Samuel B. Lutaaya. Mr. Lutaaya's book Ne Gw'ozadde will be published by the Lela Initiative in Uganda. To find out more about promoting literacy in Uganda, visit the website. Please consider donating or twinning your bookshelf. Thank you so much to our author Lela Burbridge for giving us the opportunity to get involved. Lela’s book Afiya
will be published by Inkspot in 2024. Here's a link to the post on LinkedIn:
The next Inkspot title will be Annie Dawid’s compelling Paradise Undone, A Novel of Jonestown, which commemorates the lives of those who died in the Guyanese jungle in November 1978. Timed for release on the 45th anniversary of the mass suicide/murder, the book draws on extensive research and interviews, blending fact and fiction, and uses real and composite characters to tell a story about the greatest single loss of US civilian lives in the 20th century.
At the invitation of ChipLitFest, Annie will also appear at
The Town Hall, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NJ
Friday 17th November 5 - 6.30pm.
Attendance is free, but a ticket is required.
ALL proceeds from book sales and the bar will go towards ChipLitFest's schools programme, promoting literacy to school age children.
At both events, Annie will discuss her inspiration for the book, and the multitude of sources she accessed to shed light on the real people behind the tragedy, as those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
2024 will see the release of The Neglected Samurai by Jurcell Virginia and Hideo Muramatsu, The Funeral by Sarah Hutchinson Jarman and Afiya by Lela Burbridge.
Also due for release in 2024 is Family or Freedom, by Mus Coombs, who has made a short film of the same name:
We’re hoping to include Rita Carter’s The Kings of Fairsel amongst our 2024 titles, but Rita marches to her own drum, and as she says of one of her characters: ‘It took me ten years to get him up a flight of stairs.’ Rita, take your time, your book is worth waiting for.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
Here's how you can help Inkspot become a massive success:
Buy our books, read and review them. Reviews drive sales!
Buy the books as presents for your friends. Christmas is coming up ... so’s Halloween, and it’s always someone’s birthday.
Recommend them to your friends and your book group. Email me about book deals for your book club. This will soon be available on our website.
Hollywood mogul and/or Netflix executives: the film rights and options to all our books are strictly available.
What self-respecting newsletter would be complete without a gratuitously cute picture of a hedgehog? This is Squeaky, who is happily hanging out in our garden getting fatter by the day thanks to her love of Purina kitten food. Don't give them milk, folks...