Bennett co-founds new publishing indie QuoScript

Bennett co-founds new publishing indie QuoScript

QuoScript, a new publishing company initially specialising in YA and crime fiction, has been co-founded by Salt director Linda Bennett.

The new firm is billed as an experimental publisher “keen to foster new writing and design talent”. Initially, the company will focus on publishing YA and crime fiction under its TUSK and Poisoned Chalice imprints. Future publishing plans include developing non-fiction and academic monographs imprints.

QuoScript’s crime list launches with Christina James’ new novel, De Vries, a sequel to Sausage Hall (Salt), her most successful novel to date.

The publisher was co-founded by creative and editorial director Bennett, who for the past 20 years has been running publishing consultancy Gold Leaf and served as director of Salt for the past 16 years. Bennett, who continues in those two roles, was previously a business development director at Waterstones. She also writes crime fiction under a pseudonym and edits for other publishers.

She said: “We are very fortunate to have attracted so much enthusiasm and support from highly respected supply-chain partners, who have readily put their faith in us during this extraordinary year. We believe that QuoScript can really make a difference and we are delighted to become part of the UK small press publishing scene. We hope to become colleagues and peers of the other renowned small presses in this country. We are not trying to rival them, but to forge the way for our own publishing niche alongside them.”

The team also features poet and editor James Ember, alongside marketing and operations director Charlie Harris, the pseudonym for a mystery publishing professional.

Print-on-demand publisher services will be provided by Ingram Content Group’s Lightning Source. It also wants to work with other small presses that require book marketing and distribution services and has already set up a marketing and supply arrangement with DoubleAPublishing, a Ukraine-based indie.

Founder Andrew Afonin said: “We are delighted to be entering into a partnership with QuoScript. Ukrainian writers are exceptionally talented and they have fans throughout the world, but getting access to their work can sometimes be difficult. We are confident that now QuoScript is making their work more widely available their popularity will increase hugely. We want to enable book-lovers everywhere to be able to enjoy the rich spirit of Ukrainian culture; and we are certain that, through QuoScript, readers in the UK and US will quickly grow to love our Ukrainian authors.”

The company is taking submissions from both unpublished and established authors. It has also launched a NaNoWriMo competition encouraging submissions from interested authors at all stages of their careers.