Submissions

Submissions are currently closed.  Please check back in 2019.  Follow us on Twitter at @blackbird_bks for updates. 

 

Hints and Tips

We select new, original works in fiction & non-fiction and update and republish rights-reverted titles.

  

We always read the chapter first. Only if the chapter has grabbed our attention will we go on to read the synopsis. 

 

Please don't be despondent if you don't hear back from us. We can take very, very few books on.  

 

Author Power

 Our bespoke author-friendly service is run along the following lines:

  • Communication & presentationthe skills and precision of traditional editor-led publishing meets the e-publishing revolution.
  • Royalties: Online and POD publication costs don’t begin to compare with the overheads of print publishing. Income from sales is split straight down the middle 50/50 and paid monthly, as we are paid. Fair to the author and makes the contracts simple too.  
  • Freedom: Like every other publisher we’re looking for unique, original voices. We take on very few authors who we fully expect to progress to success in mainstream print and other media should that be their aim. We’re here to promote, not hinder, individual ambition and our contracts are based on 1 book deals. As the advantages to publishing with us become apparent, we hope they’ll be with us for the long run. This flexibility is already in evidence as Sarah Ball returned to mainstream publishing in autumn 2012. Little, Brown's sub-imprint Piatkus Entice now epublish Sarah’s backlist of 3 contemporary commercial fiction novels: Nine Months, Marry Me and Written In The Stars. Sarah’s first children’s novel, The Dream Theatre, stays with us. The ex-Transworld author Susie Kelly, meanwhile, is about to publish her 11th book with Blackbird Digital and, despite overtures from the mainstream, has no plans to go anywhere. The Rough Guide author, Tim Salmon, has published 3 titles with us. Our hugely talented debut novelists, Tanya Bullock, Diane Chandler and S. E. Lynes are gaining audiences and book prize nominations. Diane Chandler won the 2016 People's Book Prize. S E Lynes was longlisted for the 2017 Waverton Good Read Award alongside many household names.  

Promotion

We are here to help, advise and take the edge off the dreaded self-promotion part of publishing a book. Launching in December 2009, we think we could have been the very first bespoke digital publisher to launch in the UK. We keep a close eye on the ever-changing developments in digital publishing. Whilst we work hard to promote every writer, both by traditional methods (press, magazines etc) and digital, those who work in tandem with us are more likely to see success for their books. We do appreciate that online isn’t for everybody, though, and we publish complete techno-phobics (there is even a typewriter in our midst!) who happen to be brilliant writers, as well as great writers who are bloggers and social media adepts.