Friday, 29 May 2009

Everyone's talking about 'Earth Inc'!

Mike Bollen, author of 'Earth Inc' from Picnic Publishing has posted the 'Bloody Apprentice' video on YouTube, and the reaction has been phenominal!

According to Mike, the clip is currently the most watched on youtube, even beating Britain's got Talent clips.

The news has also been featured in The Metro, The Guardian and Heat magazine's website.

'I've been working on this video for a couple of months, on and off. I watched 45 episodes of The Apprentice (most of them several times), and material from 43 of them made it into the final piece. Basically, it was a lot of work...A quick word of warning first - it's a little bit smutty, so if you watch it at work, one of you will get fired.'

Have a look for yourself on Mikes' blog:


Friday, 22 May 2009

Submissions Call Now Open!

As I mentioned yesterday, we are tightening up the cycles of 'Exclusively Independent' to run on a four week basis. Therefore, the submission call is now open!

Publishers can submit up to three titles, a maximum of three times.

Any age, any genre, we're interested in variety, so whatever you feel sums up independent talent, send it in!

The submission call closes 5 June, just email in your titles' AI to Lauren at

For more information about the project, or how to submit, email the same address.


Thursday, 21 May 2009

Final Ten Titles!

Yesterday we had the Panel Meeting where the fourth cycle of Exclusively Independent would begin.

The submission call closed May 10, and the panel had less time than normal, only ten days, to narrow the list down.

We received over 70 submissions, coming in from all genres offering a consistent supply of diverse titles.

The Final Ten Titles this cycle are:

The Budapest Protocol by Adam LeBor (Reportage Press)
The Visionary and other Poems by Emily Bronte and Chris Emery (Salt Publishing)
8 Rooms by Various Authors (Legend Press)
Empires Apart by Brian Landers (Picnic Publishing)
Go With Me by Castle Freeman (Duckworth)
Yucky Love Thing by Michael Catchpool (Gullane Childrens Books)
Jack Highfield: Chaos Unleashed by Alec Sillifant (Meadowside Childrens Books)
Sweets from Morocco by Jo Verity (Honno Press)
I Live Under a Black Sun by Edith Sitwell (Peter Owen Publishing)
Big Book of Betsey Biggalow by Malorie Blackman (Barn Owl Books)

I'm really pleased with the selection this month. It's great to see such strong titles covering fiction, short stories and childrens books.

Over the next two weeks, the titles will all be sourced, and officially launched in shops 3 June.

The next call for submissions opens tomorrow, 22nd May, as the project tightens up to work on a four week basis.


Monday, 11 May 2009

Submissions Call Now Closed!

The next call for Exclusively Independent Submissions, has now closed...!

The submissions have come flooding in for the fourth cycle of the project, and yet again, the panel certainly have their work cut out for them.

With each cycle, we see a variety of publishing companies submit up to three titles. These can be new titles, or those from their back list, which entitles those selected books, to have the exposure that they deserve.

The next call for submissions is 22nd May, as we tighten the scheme to run on a four week basis.

If you have any questions about the project, email Lauren at

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Here they come...

I announced on 1 May that the next call for Exclusively Independent submissions was now open, and so far the reaction has been really positive.

Submissions from all different types of publishers are being sent in, which keeps the project filled with variety.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 10 May, so be sure to submit up to three titles, and take part in the next cycle of EI, before then!

For information as to how to submit, please contact Lauren on

Friday, 1 May 2009

Submissions Call Now Open!

We are now entering the fourth cycle of Exclusively Independent!

Submissions are welcome from publishers across all genres, and can be new or backlist titles.

We try to incorporate the books that whole heartedly stand for independent talent. They showcase what it is to be independent, and demonstrate creative talent at it's finest.

As I've mentioned before, over the last few cycles we have had submissions covering every corner of the publishing industry. It is this variety that is attracting readers and defines Exclusively Independent. Distributed nationwide by Gardners, the project has no limits; reaching readers no matter what their tastes and interests.

The scheme aims to give all submissions a level playing ground, therefore the final ten titles chosen by the industry panel, will try to incorporate fine examples of the diverse work submitted.

The call for submissions closes on May 10th.

For more information on how to submit, contact Lauren on or call 0207 426 0340.