Official launch of Moth Publishing

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L-R: Rebecca Muddiman, Michael Donovan, Alfie Crow and Helen Cadbury

We had a wonderful evening on Monday 3 June officially launching Moth Publishing and its four new northern crime authors at Waterstones in Newcastle. All four authors were in attendance and introducing their books, with Alfie taking the lead and doing a short reading from RANT, which had the audience in stitches. It was lovely to get the authors together and to toast their publication with supporters, writers, family and friends, and thank you to all of you who came along.

The books have been selling solidly at the four individual launches across the North we’ve hosted this week, as well as in bookshops across the North, online, and through the Amazon Kindle store. The authors are taking part in further events over the summer and autumn, and we’ll be updating the Events section of www.mothpublishing.com with details as we get them.

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Moth Publishing: new crime writing from the north of England

The writing landscape in the North will be shaken up this week, as a new publishing venture launches with the publication of four new crime novels. They will be available from Thursday 30 May 2013 as paperbacks and ebooks from Moth Publishing.

The four novels are the result of the inaugural Northern Crime Competition, which ran in 2012 and sought to find the most promising new crimewriting talent in the North. Helen Cadbury (from York), Alfie Crow (from Thirsk), Michael Donovan (from Lytham St Anne’s) and Rebecca Muddiman (from Teesside) were the winners of the competition.

You can get your copy of the books, as well as reviews from early readers, from Amazon.

To Catch a Rabbit by Helen Cadbury
Rant by Alfie Crow
Behind Closed Doors by Michael Donovan
Stolen by Rebecca Muddiman

If you have a Kindle, all four books will also be free to download for one day only on Monday 3 June, the day of the official launch of Moth Publishing.

The novels have already attracted early praise from foreign publishers, bloggers and reviewers, as well as support from best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham, who said of Helen Cadbury’s To Catch a Rabbit, featuring PCSO Sean Denton:

“[This is] a hugely assured and gripping debut. Let’s hope we see a lot more of Sean Denton.”

Moth Publishing is a partnership between New Writing North and Sunderland-based Business Educational Publishers Limited (BEPL), who came together to publish quality new work and support talented crime writers who live and work in the north of England.

The official launch of Moth Publishing will take place in Newcastle on Monday 3 June at 6.30pm at Waterstones, Newcastle Emerson Chambers.

For more information, see our events page.

Books are available online at www.amazon.co.uk and other online retailers and all good bookshops.

New Writing North launches crime list

Moth Publishing, a crime fiction venture from the north of England, launches this summer with the publication of four new novels.

Launched as B-format paperbacks on 30 May, the four are the result of the inaugural Northern Crime Competition, which sought to find the most promising new crime-writing talent in the North. Helen Cadbury (from York), Alfie Crow (from Thirsk), Michael Donovan (from Lytham St Anne’s) and Rebecca Muddiman (from Teesside) were the winners, their prize £1,000 plus publication by Moth Publishing, a partnership between New Writing North and Sunderland-based Business Educational Publishers.

Claire Malcolm, CEO of New Writing North, said: “When he sponsored the Northern Writers’ Awards, New Writing North’s flagship scheme for talented new writers, Paul Callaghan, the entrepreneur behind BEPL, was struck by how many talented writers there were in the region who were struggling to interest publishers in their work.

“At New Writing North, we are always interested in finding innovative ways to support and develop new writers, and the idea took shape that there could be a very new kind of creative partnership between the two parties that would support new writers and allow new books to be published.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer publication to the four winners of the inaugural Northern Crime Competition, and we hope there will be many more talented northern writers following in their footsteps.”

“The North is such a vibrant and creative region in so many ways, and we want to do as much as we could to provide an outlet for that creativity,” added BEPL Chairman Paul Callaghan. “The Northern Writers’ Awards showed that there are many more talented writers in the area than there are opportunities for them to be published, and during discussions with New Writing North we realised there was space for an entirely new kind of publishing imprint that could support and promote this talent.

“We hoped that the first Northern Crime Competition would turn up some fantastic new writing, and that hope has definitely been realised with our first four winners. They’ve set the bar very high for Moth Publishing.”

The official launch will take place in Newcastle on Monday 3 June at Waterstones, Newcastle Emerson Chambers.

BookBrunch, 11 April 2013