Novelist Sam Mills, reviewer Thom Cuell and digital marketer Alex Spears have announced the creation of a new independent publishing house, Dodo Ink.
Dodo Ink will publish “risk-taking, challenging novels” and aims to release three books a year in trade paperback and digital formats. Cuell is a book reviewer at his website Workshy Fop and has previously worked as reviews editor at the Cadaverine magazine. Mills is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self (Corsair) and three YA books published by Faber. Spears has worked in marketing roles at independent publishers for the last 8 years including Pluto Press and Constable & Robinson.
Cuell said: “Sam and I had been talking about setting up a publishing company for a long time but the thing that pushed us into starting up was reading the manuscript for Tom Tomasewski’s The Eleventh Letter… The feedback he had been receiving was that he should try and turn it into something more easily categorisable.” Cuell went on to say that they were admirers of publishers such as And Other Stories and Galley Beggar Press who “have shown that you can have success publishing bold and innovative fiction”.
Rights to Tomasewski’s book were acquired directly from the author and the book is described as “David Lynch crossed with Susan Hill”. The book will be released in October 2016. The first launch title however in J ly 2016 will be Dodge and Burn by Seraphine Madsen, for which Dodo Ink acquired UK and Irish rights from Jessica Craig at the Pontas Agency. The book is described as “a wild, psychedelic road trip of a novel”. Tasmanian author Sean Rabin’s debut Wood Green will follow in September 2016, also acquired from Craig.
Spears said: “Each book will be accompanied by a bespoke print and digital marketing campaign aimed at building a buzz in the run-up to publication. As new publisher we want to innovate and experiment wherever possible and are open to a wide range of partnerships.”
Dodo Ink is also developing an app.
The publisher can be contacted via website www.dodoink.com or on Twitter, @dodoink.
The Dodo Ink team