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We're Indie Novella and we were founded by a group of friends with one mission, to make publishing more accessible to everyone.
We publish books which try to make literary fiction less elitist and get readers as passionate about books as we are. We're also revolutionising publishing by doing something no one else is. Levelling the playing field. Our Writing Course is funded by the Arts Council and has been designed in collaboration with leading literary agencies such as Watson Little, David Godwin Associates and Georgina Capel and is completely free.
Our ultimate goal is to make publishing more accessible and in 2023 we launched the Diversity in Publishing Partnership, the first initiative of its kind to bring together leading literary agencies, our fellow publishers and independent booksellers to look at how we can make publishing less elitist and more accessible for all.
In the same way writing should not be elitist, neither should be reading. We love literary fiction, but we don't love the snobbery that gets associated with it. Great writing should not go hand in hand with stuffy, long-winded out-of-date narratives which only get read by Oxford graduates and those who listen to Radio 4 while penning letters to The Times in their study. Great literary fiction comprise stories that capture our imagination and resonate with us. Stories that shed light on modern issues, which use relatable and understandable language, which are about characters who speak for the communities we live in.
Great stories should be for all ages and for people of every type of background and never feel in any way exclusive. They should also have great book covers, unique to each novel, and read like it will set your mind alight.
We are an independent publisher who love working with new, emerging and underepresented writers.
This year we established The Diversity in Publishing Partnership bringing together an unprecedented range of stakeholders across the publishing community with the aim of enabling the publishing industry to better include underrepresented authors and writers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds in publishing.
We want to champion real authentic voices and modern storytellers who know their subject matter and can create fiction that is accessible for everyone using their real life lived experience.
We run the Indie Novella Writing Course, with contributions from literary agencies Watson, Little, David Godwin and Georgina Capel, which is one of the only publisher and agent led writing courses which provide industry insight into novel writing and publishing, completely for free.
Our writing course is for writers anywhere in the UK (and all over the world), but we're also a big fan of championing writing at grassroots levels and can be found at Newington Green Meeting House in Stoke Newington running our free Publishing and Author's surgeries, and work with Hackney Libraries to run free in-person writing workshops with our local community.
The Difference We Make
Indie Novella is a non-profit independent publisher and social enterprise devoted to supporting underrepresented authors by removing the barriers to publishing. The Arts Council has funded us to run a free online writing course providing key publishing essentials to a wide range of writers. A range of literary agencies are supporting our work and have provided pro-bono content for our writing course. Currently, publishing a novel is highly monetised with vanity publishers, and writing courses and literary consultants charging thousands to pass on industry essentials to get authors published.
Indie Novella wants to provide potential authors with skills and knowledge to publish a novel for free. Indie Novella has developed a series of writing lessons on the core elements of novel writing, with an equivalent costing in the market in excess of £1,500 (e.g. Faber Academy, Curtis Brown) available for everyone, for no cost. We provide free support to underrepresented authors and publish and promote their work.
Our Writing Course
Sign up to our FREE writing course which is completely funded by our Social Impact agenda. Watch some of the videos below
Our 9 week online writing course has been designed in collaboration with authors, creative writing tutors and literary consultancies to collate all the tips, tricks and essential literary techniques in one place for both the aspiring and the experienced writer. In weekly sessions you'll not only learn everything you'll need to transform that rough draft into a polished novel, but you'll interact with other authors, peer reviewing each other's work and becoming a cohort who can learn from and support each other to take your work to publication.
Indie Novella is a Social Enterprise
Indie is a registered non-profit social enterprise that delivers social value on a broad range of levels.
1. At our own cost we fund publishing support services including, training courses, and mentor programmes for previously unpublished authors.
2. We publish and promote authors from diverse backgrounds for the benefit of society through a non-profit model delivering cost benefits for all concerned.
3. We positively impact the lives of readers through the curation and sharing of diverse subject matter.
4. We deliver real life-changing impacts for new writers through career enhancement and the transfer of new skills, potentially changing their lives forever.
5. We actively seek to employ a diverse supply chain which operates in the social enterprise space and/or is a small community based business.
When you buy a book from Indie you know that you are getting more than just a great story.
You are embarking on a journey of discovery that means exclusive, and exciting novels, novellas, illustrated works or anything with a challenging, inventive story from a diverse range of new authors.
What we guarantee is a broad range of genres and great stories that are told from unique perspectives that you will not find anywhere else. If you like to live on the literary edge then Indie Novella will not disappoint.
Our Friends & Partners
Indie Novella is proud to be collaborating with a great team of individuals and creative partners to bring to life some truly wonderful, inspirational works.
A big shout out to:
Creative Writing graduate and founding Commissioning Editor for Indie Novella, Jodie has a keen eye for social observation and clever story telling.
Aid worker turned author, Damo is a founding member of Indie Novel, our ideas man, and our general dog's body. Be it ideas on how to get your book published, how you can become part of our team, just drop him a line or a tweet.
Emily is a recent graduate with a love for literature and an appreciation for the Oxford comma. Having previously worked for another indie publishing house, she knows the ins and outs of getting a novel published. For any questions surrounding editing, drop her a line.
Indie Novella has teamed up with our wonderful partner and independent bookseller, Ink@84 Bookshop who enable our wonderful novels and brilliant authors to reclaim the high street.
Clays Indie Publishing
Based in Suffolk, Clays is a champion of independent publishing, with whom we partner to produce some of the highest quality paperbacks available in shops or online.