They say that the busier you are, the quicker the time goes by. And don't we just know it. On the surface, things may seem fairly serene - the last few months has seen us announce joint winners for our Debut Novel Competition and publish Pocket Rocket, the autobiography of 1980s cycling star Steve Joughin, as an ebook. But other than that, there hasn't been a great deal to publicise.

Behind the scenes, it's a different story. We're preparing two books for publication (print and ebook) late this year - Dark Creatures by C.J. Fox and Salazar by Seth Lynch - and the two Debut Novel winners for publication in the first half of 2013. There are other manuscripts we're looking at with a view to ebook publication, either later this year or first half of next year, and an anthology from the talented members of the Litopia writers' colony, not to mention the anthology from Isle of Man writers which we've been working on for a while now. In among all that we've got numerous fulls to review and the usual raft of submissions to consider.

Demanding most of our time at the moment is finalising contract details and cover designs. Contracts being contracts, they don't carry a great deal of excitement. Book covers, on the other hand, are fascinating to watch as they take shape. When they're finished and in place in the artwork, you finally feel like the project is all but done and dusted. Of course, the truth is that it's only just beginning, because there's a whole load more work involved once the book is released into the big wild world.

 

 

 

Posted: 27/06/2012 23:25:39 by John Quirk | with 0 comments


When we launched the Debut Novel Comp earlier this year, we didn't know what to expect - how many entries we'd receive; what the quality would be like; whether they would be spread across genres, or focused on a few; how much time it would take to judge...

Having announced a longlist last month, we're now just one step away from finding the winner. We have a shortlist of 12 manuscripts (yes, we know - that's one long shortlist), and from those titles we will find our winner.

We're anticipating announcing the winner on Wednesday, November 23. If we're feeling the excitement, we can only hope the writers left in the mix are feeling it to.

So, who's in the running? Here are the titles (in alphabetical order) and their authors:

Ammonia and the Gardener - Alan Drury

Black Dog Summer - Miranda Sherry

Black Prism - Fiona Sussman

Broken - Clare Hill

Chasing Azrael - Hazel Butler

Dear Sherlock - Athanasia Hughes

Five to One - Chris Chalmers

Lily Strand, Dream Detective - Lynda Nash

The Apothecary's Secret - Nigel Robinson

The Dead Weight - Rhys Timson

The Scooter of the Future - Paul Willcocks

Timehikers - Sue Sedgwick

 

So just two weeks to go. Watch this space, folks.

 

Posted: 10/11/2011 20:43:08 by John Quirk | with 0 comments


This weekend should have been the time when we announced the shortlist of six submissions from which the winner of the inaugural Nemesis Debut Novel Comp would be chosen. Those astute readers among you will no doubt have realised that, given the wording of the preceding sentence, that this isn't going to happen.

Well, you'd be  right. After a fashion. You see, we somewhat underestimated the interest in the comp. We'd been figuring on 70-80 entries being a fairly good return for our first attempt. And the schedule was estimated based on that kind of number. As it turned out, we received 140 submissions.

The upshot is, we're about one stage behind in the schedule. Rather than a shortlist of six, we have a longlist of twenty. We're still aiming to whittle that longlist down to six (or so), but as folk will have been waiting on this weekend (we hope...), we thought it was best to update and inform everyone of how they have fared.

If you've submitted an entry to the comp, keep an eye on your inbox over the next 24-48 hours - it will either be notification that you've made it to the longlist... or our thanks for entering, but commiserations.

We're still hoping to annouce the winner mid-November - so as a guide, I'd imagine the shortlist will be announced sometime before the end of October and that will leave a few weeks to decide the winner.

Right, that's all for now. On with the judging - and once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to enter.

Cheers

JohnQ

 

 

Posted: 16/10/2011 20:30:07 by John Quirk | with 7 comments


Some cool news reached us recently. The Pocket Rocket himself, Steve Joughin, is to feature in an exhibition at the Manx Museum charting the Isle of Man's sporting successes.

‘Our Sporting Life – Celebrating the History and Diversity of Manx People in Sport’ will open in late August to coincide with the launch of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games and will continue through to next year's London Olympic Games. The exhibition will form part of a nationwide museums and heritage initiative designed to celebrate and comprehensively record the history of British sport.

The exhibition will use several extracts from the book along with pictures, such as the above taken by Paul J Wright. It's both a fitting tribute to Steve's sporting prowess, and a nice boost for the book's profile. Manx National Heritage has already placed one decent-sized order on the back of the exhibition, and with it running for a year, here's hoping visitors to the Manx Museum feel suitably inspired to invest in Steve's autobiography. It's well worth it. Although we would say that...

Of course, Steve will be in good company - the Island's incredible success at turning out internationally-renowned cyclists is well-documented and no doubt the likes of Mark Cavendish, Jonny Bellis and Stuart Slack, who won bronze in the 120 mile road race at the 1958 British Empire & Commonwealth Games, will feature in the exhibition.

 

Posted: 31/07/2011 20:14:08 by John Quirk | with 17 comments


It's been a while in the making, but it's finally here - the Nemesis Debut Novel Competition 2011.

If you've been following our adventures over the last six months or so, you'll no doubt have guessed that we're a little excited about this. Being a small publisher, with little by way of reputation behind us because we're a fairly recent arrival, we're reliant on unpublished writers to help us develop a stable of authors as we build for the future.

This is why the competition is so important to us. We'd like to make this an annual event, but that decision is for another day. For now, you can find out more details - and the rules - here.

It's difficult to gauge what kind of response we'll get. If the number of general submissions we're received in the last seven months since the website went live is anything to go by, we're confident the take-up will be pretty good. The deadline for entries is August 14 (this year, obviously), after which we will announce a shortlist of six manuscripts by October 15, with the winner unveiled amid a flurry of publicity at the end of November. We'll then get sit down with the successful writer and discuss edits and publication details.

So that's it. If you have a completed unpublished manuscript - or are working on one and likely to have it finished by mid-August - then please do consider submitting it for our comp. If you know other writers in a similar position to you (and can stand the competition...), let them know about what we're doing.

Your support is, as always, very much appreciated.

Cheers, JQ

Posted: 10/04/2011 12:12:44 by John Quirk | with 47 comments


It's been a while simmering on a low heat, but the Nemesis debut novel competition is about to come to the boil.

Details, rules and general do-not-do-these-under-any-circumstances will be revealed in the next day or two, both on this blog and on the Nemesis home page.

The prize for the winner? Publication of your novel in 2012.

Right, form an orderly queue. And before anyone asks, this is free to enter. I know. How stupid are we, eh?

Posted: 27/03/2011 20:56:38 by John Quirk | with 48 comments


Litopia-logo-(1).pngAll right, okay, hold your horses. So you want a look back over the last 12 months? Fair enough. But wait just a darned minute. There’s some news to give you. And it’s cool news too….

For the last three years, I’ve been a member of Litopia Writers’ Colony, to my mind the best place a writer can spend his or her time while procrastinating on the time thief that is the worldwide web. Run by literary agent Peter Cox, it’s a place for writers – published and unpublished – to shoot the breeze, critique each other’s work, share advice and make plenty of virtual friends. For most of that three years I’ve acted as a moderator on the forums, got involved with the Litopia podcasts and edited the first issue of Muse, an e-zine written by Litopians, which came out in May 2010.

It’s fair to say I’ve invested quite a lot of time in Litopia, and I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’ve learned more in those three years about writing and how the publishing industry works than I did in the preceding 37 years. Hell, I’d learned more in the first six months, never mind three years.

With all that in mind, it’s with great pleasure – and a wee amount of pride – that I can announce that Nemesis is to publish the first ever Litopia anthology, a collection of short fiction from Litopians. Submissions are coming in as we speak, and the aim is to have it printed (and e-booked) and in shops by Christmas 2011.

(A quick proviso – for any Litopians out there, or indeed anyone thinking of joining the Colony, submissions are only open to full members. The Colony operates a tiered system, whereby new members can apply for full membership after a certain period of time. But if you aren’t eligible to enter this time, don’t worry – we’re hoping to make the anthology a regular event, hopefully annual)

If you are a full member of Litopia and not yet submitted a piece for consideration, the deadline is midnight (GMT) on January 31.

There’s more news to let you know about the anthology, but that has to wait just a little while longer. Besides, I know you all like being teased.

So, how was 2010 for you?

It’s been a significant year for us. We finally got up and running, with the publication of our first book, the Steve Joughin autobiography Pocket Rocket, and launched this website. There are many folk to thank – and in no particular order:

Steve and his co-author Richard Allen, for making the path to publication fairly smooth and trouble-free; everyone who has followed us or befriended us on twitter and facebook; all those who have so far spent their hard-earned on copies of Pocket Rocket; the guys at IOM Advertising for bringing this website to life; and finally, my partner-in-crime, Mrs Q, for just about everything.

Here’s to 2011 and continued success for everyone.

Let’s make it a good one.

Cheers

JQ

Posted: 30/12/2010 21:02:39 by John Quirk | with 3 comments


E-books. Are they really the new frontier of publishing, or much ado about nothing? Ask a bunch of people, and you'll be left thinking both of those descriptions are true.

Those who accept e-books realise they are as much a part of publishing now as hardbacks and paperbacks. Those who refuse to acknowledge them, well... E-books aren't going away. End of story. And this from someone who has only had a quick ten-minute play with a friend's iPad while somewhat merry at a house party.

As technology advances, as the price of iPads, Kindles and the like come down, and as an increasing percentage of younger generations come to view e-books as the norm, their influence on the publishing industry will only grow. To try and argue against that is futile. Traditional books will be around for many years to come, but e-books are here to stay. Personally, I can see them existing together quite easily. It doesn't have to be an either/or.

Former literary agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford blogged about e-books recently. Each year since 2007, Nathan has held a poll on his blog, asking a simple question - will you ever buy mostly e-books?

For the first time, 2010 saw more people welcome e-books than those who say they'd never give up print. The stats show that this year, 30% of respondents said they'd never give their paper up, while 32% welcomed the coming of e-books.

In 2007, those figures were 49% and 7%. And before you ask, Nathan many thousands of followers, so it's a bloody decent poll to consider. That swing has come about in just three years. Fast forward five or ten years - what will the publishing industry look like then?

Since we launched the Nemesis website, we've been running a poll, trying to gauge the price that folk will pay for an e-book from an author they're unfamiliar with. The cost of e-books to the punter is the crux of the issue, to my mind. With an author the reader is familiar with, the vast majority of people will still go with traditional print. For authors they've not read, perhaps those who have been recommended by a friend or those they've seen reviewed, e-books - at a certain price - offer a reasonably cheap test-bed.

The poll results were roughly in line with what I was expecting.

  • 21% said they'd never be caught reading an e-book
  • 37.5% said they'd pay two quid
  • 25% said four quid
  • 16.5% said six quid

No one was prepared to pay eight quid or over. Which is no surprise, as you can pick up a paperback for the same price. What does that tell us? You could look at it this way - nearly 60% of folk either aren't interested in e-books or will pay just a couple of pounds for one. One in four will pay just four quid.

Are these prices feasible for e-book production? That's something we're in the process of discovering, as Pocket Rocket (soon) and future releases will be available as e-books. We may, depending on how things pan out, publish some books in just e-format.

That's for another day. For now, we need to focus on the nuts and bolts of e-publishing, which we want to have in the bag by early next year. Which as our kids keep reminding us, is fast approaching. Well, Christmas is, at any rate.

 

Posted: 05/12/2010 21:05:24 by John Quirk | with 2 comments


A few months back, a submission arrived in the Nemesis inbox. I opened it, read the query letter and opened the word document, scanning the first few lines. It sounded good, so later that night I read the first five or six pages. My instinct was right; it was good.

With Pocket Rocket demanding all my attention at  the time, I closed the submission and made a note to read when I could. Time passed. Other demands on my time appeared, and juggling of projects took on circus proportions. Other submissions arrived and the (virtual) pile began to mount.

Finally, when things quietened down, I went back to the original submission. I read through the entire manuscript in a couple of nights. It was very good. A little raw in places, but a fine read. I emailed the author and said I'd like to discuss further... only for the author to reply, saying they'd just heard that very day that the manuscript had won a competition and been picked up for publication.

The moral of this story is, of course, don't let promising submissions stew in your bloody inbox for weeks on end. I was pleased for the author (honestly...), as the deal sounds good and I've no doubt they'll make a success of it, so best of luck. But yes, I was left kicking myself.

But those are the kind of punches you've got to accept in this life, and hope to learn to avoid them in the future. This last week, 'thanks' to a broken collarbone, I've had plenty of reading time and managed to clear the submissions slate. The plan is as simple as it gets - to  keep on top of said slate in future. Easier said than done, of course, but it's got to be done. I hate the knowledge that I've missed out on a good thing.

What does this mean for writers? It means you're safe to hassle me. If you don't receive a reply within a few weeks of submitting, send me a gentle, pestering email. I'll appreciate the nudge, honest.

Cheers

JQ

Posted: 23/11/2010 22:07:56 by John Quirk | with 0 comments


Back in 1958, the Isle of Man was invited to participate in what were then called The British Empire and Commonwealth Games. They were held in Cardiff - and cyclist Stuart Slack exceeded all expectations by arriving home with a bronze medal from the Men's Road Race.

Since then we've racked up 10 medals, including a gold for Mark Cavendish in Melbourne in 2006 and two more bronzes in Cav-victory-lap1-(1).jpgDelhi last month. For an island with a population of just 80,000 (and it was significantly lower a few decades ago), it's a fantastic record. The two bronzes might not have shaken the world in Delhi, but on the BBC website they had a medals table which could be changed to show it by population and by GDP - both of those showed the IOM in the top 3.

I'm really pleased to reveal that Nemesis is now working with Lionel Cowin, retired former editor of Isle of Man Newspapers and Commonwealth Games oracle, on a book that will chart the history of the Island's involvement with the Games. Lionel has reported on many Games and for those early meetings he didn't attend, he has inherited a treasure trove of notes and photographs.

The book will be a mix of anecdotes, some fantastic photography and statistics to provide the definitive history of the Isle of Man's exploits in the Commonwealth Games.

Right - I promised you a chance to get involved:

While Lionel's files are extensive, there are a few gaps to be filled. He's keen to hear from former Island competitors and team members who have stories to tell of their involvement and anyone who has photographs of Manx competitors and who'd be happy for them to be used in the book - in particular from Victoria (Canada) in 1994 and Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

If you think you can help, please email lionelcowin(at)manx.net

Clearly this is a book aimed very much at the Isle of Man market, but we're confident that the sizeable Manx contingents around the globe will also have their memories and pictures of Games they attended, so hopefully there will be a market overseas too.

The plan is to have the book ready for publication in early summer 2012, with a percentage of the proceeds going towards funding the Isle of Man team for the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

We'll be keeping you updated via this blog as to how the project develops, but we'll be setting up a dedicated facebook page where folk can share their memories of the Games - it will also serve as a platform for pictures and anecdotes to be supplied to Lionel.

Please do get involved. It promises to be both a fine book and a record of achievement for those who have represented the Island over the years.

Cheers

John

 

Posted: 10/11/2010 22:32:50 by John Quirk | with 1 comments


Those of you who have followed our adventures over the last couple of years will have heard about the first edition of Vertigo, a series of anthologies featuring writers with a link to the Isle of Man - either Manx-born or now living here.Copy-of-Vertigo-cover.jpg

It's had several frustrating delays, the most recent down to the need to get Pocket Rocket finalised and out into book stores. We had been hoping to get Vertigo into shape for a launch just before Christmas, but that chance has now passed. So we've reviewed the options and come up with this plan:

Vertigo #1 will be published in May 2011, with Vertigo #2 following in late November 2011. That's right. Two doses of dark, gritty Manx fiction in one year. Consider yourselves treated.

What does it mean for writers? First up, we may have the opportunity to stretch the size of issue one slightly, so if you have any stories up your sleeve that fit the Vertigo bill and which are ready to go, then get them over to us. We'll need to have content finalised by end of December, so the sooner the better. If your story isn't successful, don't worry - we'll keep it in mind because...

More importantly, submissions for Vertigo #2 are now open. There are no restrictions on genre, other than the overall theme for the book is fiction that will leave you feeling disorientated. That could be because your story has more twists and turns than The Usual Suspects or it could be because the story is bleak and disturbing. It might be crime, sci-fi or a family drama. Humour is welcome, but we want it dressed in black.

Submissions can be any length up to 7,000 words - we may even consider longer, but that is the preferred maximum - and the closing date is 28 February 2011. Stories should be emailed to submissions@nemesispublishing.com or posted to Nemesis Publishing, 62 Ballacriy Park, Colby, Isle of Man, IM9 4LX.

If you want to ask any questions about the anthology, email me at john@nemesispublishing.com

So there you go - Isle of Man writers, start your engines. Best of luck, and we're looking forward to reading some cracking submissions.

Cheers

JohnQ

Posted: 06/11/2010 15:10:02 by John Quirk | with 3 comments


I did a news piece for the Litopia home page the other day, about a rather cool-sounding anthology that a Litopian had been involved with. Machine of Death has 34 separate stories linked by a common theme - a machine that predicts how you are going to die.Machine_of_Death.jpg

What started out as just another anthology seeking a publisher turned into something of a phenomenon when the three chaps behind it decided to self-publish, although I'd class it more as indie publishing - they paid the writers and approached the project as if they were a small publishing outfit.

The book was sent to print, with whatever budget was involved disappearing. With no funds to market the book, most anthologies in a similar situation would have attracted an initial buzz from those involved and their friends and family, before disappearing without trace.

But not this one. If anyone doubts the power of social media, then read on. The collaborators on the book started a Facebook event page, inviting people to help turn Machine of Death into an Amazon bestseller on one day - October 26 - and then got the word out.

The number of people 'attending' the event started to grow. And grow. They soon had more than 1,000 people signed up. On the day itself, they had a link to the book's Amazon rank and I kept checking in to see how it was getting on. The first time it was number 70 or so. Then it started to rise. And it kept rising. At about 7.00pm that day, a small indie publication, with no big names and no funding behind it, hit number one on the Amazon books chart.

A few days later, and sales figures have topped a thousand and it's been blogged about from Seattle to Australia, while Publishers Weekly also featured it.

With the event now passed, a new Facebook fan page has been created and with any luck word of mouth will continue to grow and its popularity will increase. I understand they are in talks with Barnes & Noble about stocking the book.

Clearly, this isn't going to work for every publication. Initiatives such as this can easily be flogged to death if everyone is trying it. But, handled well, the success of Machine of Death goes to show what can be achieved from scratch with no cash and no buzz, just a few people with a savvy campaign.

Best of luck to the team behind the anthology. I'm looking forward to reading the stories.

Cheers

JQ

 

Posted: 31/10/2010 21:08:47 by John Quirk | with 1 comments


Two days before our first launch event as a publisher, Waterstones had sold just six tickets for Steve Joughin's talk about his autobiography, Pocket Rocket. There is a time when you realise that whatever is going to happen is outside your control. And there is a time to panic. Both of these arrived within about ten seconds of each other.

But this is the Isle of Man and as that famous Manx saying goes, ta traa dy lioar ayn - there's time enoNemesis-blog-Steve-5-(2).jpgugh. We'd asked folk to purchase tickets in advance, to allow us to cater for folk, but the punters decided to just rock up on the night. As it was, a good crowd of 40-45 put their hand in their pocket to see Steve talk and in doing so raised money for the James Berry Fund, a charity set up in memory of a teenage cyclist who was killed while out training five years ago.

With Steve on the night was his co-author, Richard Allen, and rather than a straightforward talk, they decided to do it interview-style, with Richard setting Steve up with some questions, after which the audience had their turn.

In response to one question, Steve described Mark Cavendish as 'my hero' and it's strange to see someone like Steve, a champion in his day, holding someone half his age up as a hero. Such are the achievements of the Manx Missile.

Nemesis-blog-Steve-2.jpgMany within the crowd knew Steve. He's a Manxman, who retains strong ties to the Island and its cycling fraternity, and the lengthy queue that formed after the talk to get a signed copy of Pocket Rocket, with just about everyone shaking hands/hugging/kissing him made it feel like the return of the prodigal son.

As it turned out, there was nothing to worry about. The punters came, the seats turned up on time (courtesy of those kind folk at the Sefton Hotel) and Linda and her team at Waterstones did a fine job looking after us all with wine, juice and nibbles.

I took the chance to speak to Steve and Richard about further publicity, by way of features, reviews and competitions in cycling magazines and on cycling blogs. A raft of review copies had already gone out, and the second wave is about to strike. The coverage has so far been good, with a nice piece on the road.cc site and Richard has been asked by Cycling Weekly to do a piece on Steve for its 'legends' series, which should be timed quite nicely. The book will also feature on The Bike Show podcast in London and there's plenty more coverage like that lined up.

All in all, it's been a hugely encourging response to the book. Without wanting to speak too soon, we think there's a pretty solid chance of moving the initial print run and going on to run-ons, which would be fantastic. It's not all been plain sailing, however. Arranging UK distribution has been, shall we say, interesting. We'll be covering that aspect of the publishing world in great detail here soon, but it finally looks to be on its way to being resolved.

Anyway, that's enough for now. Thanks to everyone who came down on the night to support Steve, and indeed to those who turned up the Lexicon Bookshop on Saturday lunchtime for Steve's signing session there. There was Nemesis-blog-Steve-3.jpga queue already in place by the time Steve rolled up, which was lovely to see. Going back to Waterstones quickly, a quick shout out to crime writer Chris Ewan (pictured right), author of the criminally-good 'Good Thiefs Guides' series of novels. He's always quick to support literary endeavours in the Isle of Man and it was great to see him in the audience.

So there you have it. The ffirst book from Nemesis is on the shelves, and the first launch event has been held. Behind the scenes, things are still manic, but we've reached our first major milestone and we celebrated by cracking open a beer when I got home on Thursday night. Here's to the next book. And the one after that. It's good fun this publishing lark, don't let anyone tell you otherwise...

Cheers

JQ

Posted: 23/10/2010 20:59:56 by John Quirk | with 0 comments


With my writer's hat on, I've given a few talks. For the most part, all you have to do is worry about turning up, preferably reasonably well prepared, and try not to suck too much.

At the moment, we're in the thick of arranging our first talk as publishers - Steve Joughin, the Pocket Rocket, is returning home to the Isle of Man next week and he'll give a talk at Waterstones in Douglas on Thursday night (October 21), following it up with a signing at the Lexicon Bookshop in Douglas from 11.30am-1.00pm two days later on the Saturday.

There's a whole lot more involved with organising a talk than there is giving one. The talk and signings have been planned at short notice, as Steve wasn't sure when he would be able to come across from Stoke-on-Trent, where he lives now and where his business, Pro Vision Clothing, is based.

But everything seems in place - we've sourced 80-odd chairs for Waterstones, the store has printed tickets and they're on sale (£2 if you're interested, all proceeds to the James Berry Fund in memory of a talented teenage cyclist who was killed five years ago) and Steve's booked on a flight on Wednesday, a full day ahead of the event. So, barring an ash cloud or Manannan's Cloak causing disruption, he'll be here in good time. We've set up an interview with Manx Radio for Wednesday evening and Waterstones has ordered in a good stock of books for the talk.

The PR has been issued, media are giving us good coverage and there's a Facebook event page too.

So we should be set for a decent night's entertainment. But... there's always that niggling doubt that you've not done enough, or have missed something obvious, and that no one is going to turn up. I'm sure that's not going to happen, though. Steve was a popular rider in his day, who's still fondly remembered in the Isle of Man.

Having read Pocket Rocket several times during the editing process, I'm looking forward to hearing Steve talk. One thing's for certain, with Steve - it will be funny...

If you can make it down on the night, we'd love to see you.

Cheers

JQ

 

Posted: 14/10/2010 21:53:20 by John Quirk | with 2533 comments


While we've been beavering away behind the scenes over the last few months, both on this website and the publication of our first book, Pocket Rocket, I've been fully aware that I've been neglecting an area that really shouldn't be neglected - the submissions pile.

I've managed to keep my eye in, but there are only so many hours in the day and they've been coming in at a faster rate than I've been reading them, and now there's a bit of a backlog. If you've submitted to us but not yet had a decision, please bear with us a little longer. I'm immersed in a submission at the moment, and won't stop until they're all cleared. Promise.

If you're thinking of submitting, please make sure you read our guidelines - we've been pretty forgiving so far on submissions in terms of style, formatting and length, but now the site is up and running, and there's no excuse now for not having read them. We really need folk to adhere to what that page says.

Right, that's all for tonight - back tomorrow with details of a talk and signings by the Pocket Rocket himself, Steve Joughin.

Cheers

JQ

Posted: 13/10/2010 23:12:07 by John Quirk | with 1631 comments


Everything comes to those who wait, apparently. If you've followed our adventures over on Blogger for the last couple of years, you'll know that the Nemesis website has been a labour of love which we're delighted/relieved to finally send out into the big wide world of publishing.

If you've been a constant reader and had to endure the repeated 'it's coming soon' line, our thanks for sticking with us. If you're new to Nemesis, welcome - we hope you stick around, too. When we started the blog, the aim was - as it should be with all blogs - to update it regularly with a commentary on the successes and pitfalls we encountered in getting Nemesis up and running. A warts and all look at establishing a small, indie publishing house. It didn't quite work out that way. Sure, the posts followed our adventures - but committing to regular updates proved beyond us, because of time commitments elsewhere.

Now that the site is live and we have books being published and ongoing projects (such as the debut novelist competition featured on our homepage) to report on, this new blog will be a whole lot busier. The next few months will see details announced about a variety of cool projects and it goes without saying we're a little excited about what the next few years hold, not just for us, but for our existing authors and those of you who will join us.

A couple of pointers about the website itself.

We're working on the 'For writers' section and would hope to have that live within the next month or two. We could put it live with a bare framework, but we don't want to do this half-arsed. So please bear with us for a while longer on that score.

Another addition to the site to keep your eye out for is the Nemesis shop - you'll be able to order our books direct and we'll pop them in the post. Unless it's an e-book you're after, of course.

Keep an eye out for developments.

So that's about it for now. We'd be hugely appreciative if you want to follow the blog and get involved with discussions here - feel free to leave a comment below this (or any other) post and let us know what you think about Nemesis, our books and publishing in general.

Good to have you on board.

 

Posted: 26/09/2010 10:14:09 by John Quirk | with 478 comments