Local and global publisher Mardibooks has just published three interesting new authors – Ellie Etchells, Simon Langton and Michael Macauley.
The trio write for very different audiences but all have two things in common – that is their love of books... and Bucks.
Co-founder of Mardibooks, Belinda Hunt, said: “Excited by the opportunity of having a local editor and publisher able to support them, they are joining the growing stable of mardiwriters from around Bucks and from around the world.”
Michael Macauley, who lives in Milton Keynes, has penned an adventure thriller, Dangerous Chimes, set in the 18th Century.
He said: “Shunted about as a Second World War evacuee I did not learn to read until I was seven and then, stimulated by my parents, erupted with the joy of creating characters and stories, and it has been carry on scribbling ever since.
“I found Mardibooks from a local press item followed by access to their website; and my consequent submission lead to acceptance and the most professional altruistic, unique, empathetic, and efficient publishing experience one could hope to discover.
“My advice to other writers hoping to get published – for a novel, complete your first draft, then submit to Mardibooks a sound three-page scenario, the first three chapters, and notes on your views for the planned development of your work.
“Then cross your fingers, and read, or write in every spare moment, keeping notebooks in your pocket and by the bedside. Subscribe to Writers News, and acquire the best books on our craft.
“I would describe myself as hard working, widely experienced and committed to the study of human behaviour, ethics and the present triumph of evil.
“This, combined with being enthusiastic, optimistic, determined, battered but still standing, and eager for the rest of today and thereafter, gives me the spur to write.
“My family and friends are always my priority.”
Ellie Etchells, of Aspley Guise, is a children’s author with a difference. Her stories address real life issues facing children, but are presented in a way that enables young readers to get involved and feel positive about their experiences.
Her books have a wide appeal for all children, especially as her main characters are based on animals or young children themselves. This enables readers to self-reference.
She said: “Writing for me is a personal thing, I write my books because I believe in ‘no regrets’ and have reached a stage in my life when I thought it’s now or never.
“I want children to enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
“There are morals to be found in each, so that they capture readers of all ages and help children to begin to understand difficult issues in easy-to-follow rhyme.
“Mardibooks have enabled publishing to become a reality, allowing me to focus on the writing whilst giving sound advice along the way.
“My advice to other aspiring writers would be that if you really believe in yourself then go out there and make it happen – because nobody else will.”
Simon Langton, who lives near Thame, is better known as A-List TV film director of Pride & Prejudice. His debut as a writer is a natural progression and his work, just as visceral and visual. His novella, Mao mao, addresses the illegal fur and meat trades in China.
He said: “If you are fortunate enough to have written something that you passionately believe in and you have a unique story to tell, write it all down.
“If it’s good enough you will get it published.”