A group of children’s authors has formed a collective called Electrik Inc to publish their own books as e-books and print-on-demand. The authors, all of whom have worked in publishing, met after they each completed an MA in Children’s Creative Writing at Bath Spa.
Author Kim Donovan said: “There’s a lot to recommend traditional publishing, but our group is keen to explore new technologies to take control of the process ourselves. We think e-books is a rapidly growing area, and we want to be in this at the start. I know two eight-year-olds who asked for, and were given, e-readers this Christmas.”
Among the group, Janine Amos (who teaches Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and Bristol University) has worked as a children’s commissioning editor; Jenny Landor worked at CUP as a development editor; and Kay Leitch was a production editor on national magazines and newspapers.
“We will be pooling our skills and experience to publish p.o.d. and e-books within the collective, starting with our own books,” said Donovan. The collective may branch out to publish other writers’ work once established, and may also work with traditional publishers on some of its projects.
The group’s first title, St Viper’s School for Super Villains, a fantasy series for readers aged seven plus, written by Donovan, will be published in May. A fantasy story for nine- to 12-year-olds will follow, and the second St Viper’s book, The Big Bank Burglary, will also be published later this year.