Stranded children's authors go it alone

<p>Children&rsquo;s authors are side-stepping &quot;risk-averse&quot; traditional publishing houses and establishing their own initiatives to get their books to market, said children&rsquo;s author Lucy Daniel Raby. </p><p>&quot;A number of established authors are not being published who would have been published five years ago and are looking at different ways to market,&quot; she said. </p><p>Daniel Raby has bought back the rights to her existing series, Nickolai of the North, previously published by Hodder, to follow up film interest in the series and the distribution of a script. She is also planning to write a third Nickolai title. The books are distributed by the author through Tinkerbell Books.<br /><br />Author Stephanie Williams has established a publishing house, Rebel Books, to focus on fresh talent. The company plans to publish a number of anthologies of stories that will help get new names noticed, said Williams. She said there had been an &quot;enormous response&quot; from authors to requests for stories for its first anthology, Rebel Moon. </p><p>Rebel Books relies on inhouse talent for editing and design and will sell the books online and by building relationships with independent booksellers, said Williams.</p><p>Stephanie Thornton, who helped establish a writers&rsquo; co-operative, United Authors (a regional group of the Society of Authors), in the South-east, said: &quot;We have already seen how power shifted from music producers to the artists and the same thing is predicted to happen with publishers and authors. </p><p>&quot;Through a very informal authors&rsquo; collective, we can share knowledge and skills among us such as editing and marketing, and persuade booksellers that we have something to offer.&quot; </p><p>United Authors has held its own book fair and is negotiating with regional booksellers to run a series of events in their stores.<br /> </p>