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Democratising the publishing scene

New publisher pushes for increased access within the literary industry

Hero for Democratising the publishing scene
Damien Mosley, founder of Indie Novella
22 February 2022

"We simply want to help promising authors become great authors,” says Damien Mosley, author and founder of the North London publisher and bookseller, Indie Novella."We simply want to help promising authors become great authors,” says Damien Mosley, author and founder of the North London publisher and bookseller, Indie Novella.

Motivated to assist writers who are “producing edgy stories to get published”, Damien is pioneering ‘community publishing’, having created a hub of local authors, editors, graphic designers, and publicists, who, as shareholders, own and run Indie Novella.Motivated to assist writers who are “producing edgy stories to get published”, Damien is pioneering ‘community publishing’, having created a hub of local authors, editors, graphic designers, and publicists, who, as shareholders, own and run Indie Novella.

Launched last month, Indie Novella aims to fill a gap in the market by providing an inclusive publishing space where authors volunteer their time and skills to expand and sustain their community via its peer-editing network; avoiding financial pitfalls commonly found in the industry.Launched last month, Indie Novella aims to fill a gap in the market by providing an inclusive publishing space where authors volunteer their time and skills to expand and sustain their community via its peer-editing network; avoiding financial pitfalls commonly found in the industry.

Damien said: “We realised that the biggest single barrier both preventing new authors being published and people from different backgrounds becoming authors, is the financial barrier. Writing courses cost a fortune and literary consultancies make false promises on how to ‘hook an agent’, therefore we were founded on the principle of making publishing more inclusive and accessible.”Damien said: “We realised that the biggest single barrier both preventing new authors being published and people from different backgrounds becoming authors, is the financial barrier. Writing courses cost a fortune and literary consultancies make false promises on how to ‘hook an agent’, therefore we were founded on the principle of making publishing more inclusive and accessible.”

As an independent, not-for profit social enterprise that is focused on democratising publishing, Indie Novella welcomes new and established authors from across the borough to take part in its fully funded online writing course, providing open submission opportunities.As an independent, not-for profit social enterprise that is focused on democratising publishing, Indie Novella welcomes new and established authors from across the borough to take part in its fully funded online writing course, providing open submission opportunities.

Damien encourages potential readers to support these local authors by buying their works directly from the publisher, or ordering and collecting them from local bookshops.Damien encourages potential readers to support these local authors by buying their works directly from the publisher, or ordering and collecting them from local bookshops.

Such available works include Damien’s own newly released novel, Joined Up. Described as a David Nicholls style comedy-drama, it tells the story of a North London man trying to hide his battle with depression from his friends and family, while they try to save their family home in Wood Green.Such available works include Damien’s own newly released novel, Joined Up. Described as a David Nicholls style comedy-drama, it tells the story of a North London man trying to hide his battle with depression from his friends and family, while they try to save their family home in Wood Green.

Dystopian sci-fi thriller, Full Wire, by Crouch End based musician-turned-author, John McMenemie, is also amongst Indie Novella’s first releases. Set in London in the year 2186, it is a “story of unrequited love in an age of transhumanism, set against the backdrop of a crime,” says John.Dystopian sci-fi thriller, Full Wire, by Crouch End based musician-turned-author, John McMenemie, is also amongst Indie Novella’s first releases. Set in London in the year 2186, it is a “story of unrequited love in an age of transhumanism, set against the backdrop of a crime,” says John.

Other North London writers include Alex Woolf, whose first novel for adults, Mr Jones, is a psychological thriller about a single parent who fears someone is out to kidnap their child.Other North London writers include Alex Woolf, whose first novel for adults, Mr Jones, is a psychological thriller about a single parent who fears someone is out to kidnap their child.

Damien explains: “Writing a novel or becoming an editor involves a huge amount of self-sacrifice to dedicate the time required to gain the skills and knowledge, but also the courses currently available to enable writers and editors cost thousands of pounds.Damien explains: “Writing a novel or becoming an editor involves a huge amount of self-sacrifice to dedicate the time required to gain the skills and knowledge, but also the courses currently available to enable writers and editors cost thousands of pounds.

“Indie Novella seeks to offer authors another way.”“Indie Novella seeks to offer authors another way.”

If you would like more information, to pitch ideas, or to take part in the free onlineIf you would like more information, to pitch ideas, or to take part in the free online

writing course, head to: indienovella.co.ukwriting course, head to: indienovella.co.uk