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The Fell by Robert Jenkins - first chapter

The Fell by Robert Jenkins - first chapter

I first read The Fell in 2018 and haven't stopped thinking about it since. See why I believe it is a modern classic here and let me know what you ...
Publishing’s Dirty Secret (Yes, Another One)

Publishing’s Dirty Secret (Yes, Another One)

There has been a lot of interest in, and condemning of, paid-for publishing of late. (I was going to add, ‘discussion around’ as well but when I th...
In Praise of Freelancers

In Praise of Freelancers

When you run a small business – any business - you’re only as good as the team around you and for us, freelancers are very much part of the team....
Hybrid Publishing - a Few Pointers

Hybrid Publishing - a Few Pointers

#hybridpublishing is widely discredited in the UK, largely due to a couple of companies who claim to be hybrid but who are little more than #scamme...
How Not to Approach a Publisher (or anyone for that matter)

How Not to Approach a Publisher (or anyone for that matter)

A couple of months ago we received the following message: Maybe I’m getting irritable in my old age, but this struck me as an incredibly entitled ...
One step forward...

One step forward...

Representation and words used to describe people and communities are so important. That’s why Clare Christian and I co-founded the ADCI Literary P...
Russell Mardell on Writing the Book you Want to Write

Russell Mardell on Writing the Book you Want to Write

At the time of writing, it is exactly one month since my novel, The Knock-Knock Man, was published by the wonderful team at RedDoor Press, and now ...
It's publication day for Song for Ria by Michelle Shine!

It's publication day for Song for Ria by Michelle Shine!

Today we welcome Michelle Shine to the blog to give us a little insight into the thoughts and themes that inspired her wonderful novel. Losing my s...
Penny Batchelor and Clare Christian announcing the new ADCI Literary Prize

A word from Penny - co-founder of the ADCI Literary Prize

I'm delighted to have teamed up with Clare Christian to co-found the Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses Literary Prize, or ADCI Lite...
Announcing the ADCI Prize!

Announcing the ADCI Prize!

RedDoor author Penny Batchelor and RedDoor publisher Clare Christian are delighted to announce a new prize aimed at improving representation of peo...
Why can't we just have nice, traditional publishers?

Why can't we just have nice, traditional publishers?

In 2018 I wrote a piece for Writing Magazine that talked about the changes that have occurred in the industry over the past twenty to thirty years ...
Hybrid Publishing – finding a balance

Hybrid Publishing – finding a balance

I think it’s fair to say there is a degree of bad practice within most industries. That’s why programmes like You and Yours exist, and let’s be fai...