Tuesday, 30 June 2009

New Selection of Titles!

The new selection for June's titles, has been finalised! And the winners are...

Fragile by Jae Watson (Legend Press)
Songs My Mother Never Taught Me by Sel├žuk Altun (Telegram)
Entropy by Bonnie Greer (Picnic Publishing)
City-lit London (Oxygen Books)
Boudicat by Robin Price (Mogzilla)
Anthills and Stars by Kevin Duffy (Bluemoose Books)
Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas (Peter Owen Publishing)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Reportage Press)
Dr Seuss Green Ham and Eggs Puzzle Story (The Five Mile Press)
Love Pink (Fanahan Books)

So this time we have two childrens books, a travel guide, and a few fiction and non fiction titles. A nice variety for this months' cycle, and each a truly great read in their own right.


Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Submissions Call Now Open!

Here we go again!

The new submission call is open.

To submit titles, please email the AI (and ms if you have it) to Lauren at laurenparsons@legend-paperbooks.co.uk

The information will be collated into a submission pack, and distributed to the panel, prior to the panel meeting.

The submission call ends 5 July.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

EI at The Library Show

Yesterday, Exclusively Independent was on the road as we headed to The Library Show in Birmingham.

The event was aimed at bringing together different services offered to schools and libraries, as well as a collection of publishers and guest speakers.

It was great to speak with librarians from a range of sectors including schools, prisons and hospitals, and gage their reaction to the promotion.

When time was spent purely discussing the project with different people, it seemed the reaction was welcoming, which is surely a good sign!

With new avenues to now explore, we're hoping that EI can take off in additional routes, reach an even wider amount of readers and continue to promote independent talent.


Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The next EI Event...

As part of 'Celebrating Fulham Week', Exclusively Independent will be hosting its second event at Fulham Library, Thursday 2nd July 7:30pm.

The last event at Hammersmith Library was a huge success with authors from all different genres coming together to discuss their work, and share their experiences in how they became published authors.

This time, we will again host that variety that EI strives to demonstrate. Featured at the event will be Kill Grief by Caroline Rance (Picnic Publishing), What's Wrong With Eating People? by Peter Cave (One World), Salt & Honey by Candi Miller (Legend Press), Three Jumpers by Michael Marr (PaperBooks) and Jack Highfield: Chaos Unleashed by Alec Silifant (Meadowside Children's Books).

Along with the authors, there will be representatives from the Publishing Industry to take part in 'Celebrating Fulham Week'.

The event is a great chance for us to celebrate the success of the project, and once again, showcase independent talent at its finest.


Friday, 5 June 2009

Submissions Call Now Closed!

The call for June Submissions has now closed.

With over sixty submissions to read through, I'll keep this short!

Many thanks to those who have submitted. The pack will be distributed to the panel today, where they will have two weeks to make their decisions.

The next call for submissions opens 22 June.


Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Online Bookshop

Now taking part in Exclusively Independent is online bookshop Editotum!

'Editotum is somewhere to find everything to do with books. Over 800,000 titles are available to buy from our online bookshop, for delivery to any address worldwide. As an independent bookseller, we are also very happy to be participating in the "Exclusively Independent" scheme, highlighting titles by independent publishers.

Editotum is an independent bookseller, and although we offer most books from nearly every category, we are particular fans of certain genres: Original new fiction & short stories, Sci-Fi, Horror & Ghost Stories, Crime & Mystery, and Adventure & Thrillers.

Like any good bookshop, Editotum wants to be at the heart of their community. Somewhere not just to buy books, but talk about them too. Somewhere where readers and writers can meet. Somewhere to find everything to do with books. Except our community is online; which means that anyone, anywhere, at any time, can join in.

We can't quite claim to be "exclusively independent", although we participate in that excellent scheme. Many fine titles are published by large multimational or conglomerates. However, we're keen to promote independent publishers, as we feel they are often more likely to judge a book on it's literary merits rather than in commercial terms. Often it's the indies that have the best original works, and that's what we love to read, and that's why we like to bring books by independent publishers to your attention.'

Go to www.editotum.co.uk and have a look for yourself! You can click on the Exclusively Independent logo, and purchase one of this cycles' fantastic final ten titles.


Monday, 1 June 2009

EI at The Library Show

On 10 June, we will be taking EI to Birmingham to exhibit at the Library and Information Show.

The event will enable us to speak with Librarians from across the country hopefully work with Libraries reaching a wide collection of readers.

Exclusively Independent is currently showcased in Hammersmith and Fulham Libraries. Judging by the feedback, the scheme is progressing really well, with a positive reaction to the monthly selection.

Being displayed at the event will be Three Jumpers by Michael Marr (PaperBooks), Salt & Honey by Candi Miller (Legend Press), Crime & Punishment adapted by David Zane Mairowitz (Self Made Hero), Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui (Alma Books), What's Wrong with Eating People? by Peter Cave (One World Publications) and Saxby Smart: Private Detective - Eye of the Serpent by Simon Cheshire (Piccadilly Press).

It was difficult to select titles that reflect the variety that EI so passionately support. We feel that the titles chosen reflect an assortment of genres, and a vast demonstration of independent talent.

'Established as the annual meeting place for the library community across all sectors - public, academic, school and workplace. The show has more exhibitors than any other UK library event.'

For more information about the event, visit http://www.lishow.co.uk/