New indie signs five

New indie signs five

New publishing house Rickshaw Publishing has signed up a further five authors, having announced its launch list of three titles earlier in the year.

The west-London based publisher plans to release eight to 10 titles next year, across fiction, non-fiction and teen titles, and build on that in future years. Rickshaw Publishing m.d. and founder Paul Michaelides said: "We've received over 600 submissions and we are working on eight projects . . . The emphasis is very much on quality."

Rickshaw's launch titles, all released this September, are Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale by David Weston (1st September), an account of Weston's time understudying Ian McKellen as King Lear at the Royal Shakespeare Company; debut novel Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson (8th September); and teen title Ellie Foster's English Coursework by Tina Orr Munro (1st September).

The publisher has signed world rights, directly from the authors, in five new projects: YA novel Moderate Violence by Veronica Bennett; a scientific thriller provisionally titled NH3 by Stanley Salmons; Steevan Glover's novel, with the working title of The Frog and the Scorpion, initially published by platform You Write On; crime novel Lapland by Adam Death; and a compendium of stories on body image published with charity Body Gossip.

Body Gossip is planned for October release, with Moderate Violence to be published in early spring 2012, and then Glover's novel, NH3 and Lapland at monthly intervals. A sequel to English Coursework will also be released next year, as well as a second book from Sue Watson.

The company, which currently has a team of four employees, plans to eventually also release its titles in digital format.