North West Writers Seek Next Steps in Self Publishing

Through Trebuchet, members of writers groups in Southport and Wigan are working with independent local bookshops to promote their books. This initiative tries to restore the local connection between readers and writers so often lost in going for the global reach of Internet publication.

The Internet is changing the rules in the publishing business, with larger publishers focusing on fewer books each year. For most writers, self publication is often the only viable option because publishers find it harder to make money on a book by an unknown author, no matter how well it is written. Writing groups offer an alternative to the editing services publishers traditionally provided and the technical barriers to publication are lower but even local readers usually don’t know about quality books published in their area.

Vic Hansen, founder of Trebuchet Books explains, “Even talented writers with a track record of success are squeezed by the celebrity culture of modern publishing. Mark Leyland, for example, winner of the 1997 Kathleen Fidler award for children’s fiction, has to justify each new book in a highly competitive market. We’ve been lucky enough to persuade him to release one of his social fantasy novels for grown-ups through us. Now we’re trying to make sure that readers in the region know about it and can buy a copy in their local shops.”

Jo Young of C K Broadhurst said, “As long-established booksellers, keen to work with local authors, we’re happy to be supporting the Trebuchet ‘North West’s Best’ promotion in Southport.”

Three titles released by Trebuchet Books are on promotion at Broadhursts of Southport, at Formby Books and Pritchards in Crosby. They are ‘A Stronger Wind’ by Mark Leyland, ‘Matabele Gold’, a gripping historical thriller of gold, smuggling and vendetta set in 1930s Southern Rhodesia and ‘The Tractor’ an allegorical novel set on a remote Pacific island, where today’s issues of ecology, politics, terrorism, belief and the use and abuse of technology are found in microcosm.

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