Friday, November 25, 2005

More on Macmillan New Writing

Back in May I welcomed the arrival of the Macmillan New Writing imprint, though others in the book world, you may recall, were much less enthusiastic; some indeed referred to it as a scam, a trap for the unwary and as yet unpublished young writer.

In the course of those discussions I also mentioned that one of the writers whose first book would appear under the imprint (Roger Morris) had started a blog, known as Roger's Plog (a cross between a blog and a plug for the new book). Well, for a while the blog was there, and then it wasn't, and now it is again. (Little communication problem between author and publisher; you know how it is.)

So you might like to take a look at that. And if you go to, find the advanced search facility for books, and enter Macmillan New Writing in the publisher slot, you will end up with a page which shows the covers of the first eight books to appear under the imprint. This link to that page may or may not work. If it doesn't, you'll have to do the search yourself. None of the books, by the way, is officially published until April 2006.

The eight books so far scheduled cover a wide variety of genres, from historical to science fiction, with a sprinkling of other stuff in between. I have to say that the publisher's blurbs do not make some of the books sound all that exciting -- but then, when did they ever?


Roger Morris said...

Thanks Grumpy Old Bookman! (Should I call you Grumpy for short?) As for the Amazon listings, MNW say they're going to do more with amazon when the time comes, though I've no idea what that means? Incidentally, I believe the initial response from the people who count within Macmillan UK (the reps, in other words) has been very favourable. They are going to be selling the books enthusiastically, we're told.

Anonymous said...

I for one am greatful for any publisher willing to take on new authors. If it is through a program like MNW then that is one more avenue for unpublished authors to try. Hats off!