Blue Poppy Publishing is a new and very small publisher based in North Devon with, currently, four authors, and at least that many being developed for future publications. Most of those authors are from the local area, although the books have a broad appeal.
The imprint was set up in 2016 to publish the “Wise Oak” series of Books by Oliver J. Tooley. Then it seemed natural to offer the opportunity to other authors to get their books published under the Blue Poppy imprint in order to benefit from mutual experience and promotional efforts. As a result, in 2017 three new authors joined up. Presently there are at least another four authors interested in publishing their books through the imprint, at various stages of development.
Blue Poppy Publishing is not a traditional publisher with a big budget. We can’t pay authors an advance. We can’t even pay for the production costs of your book.
Nor is it a vanity publisher. We won’t put out a badly written book by someone who just wants to see their work in print. If your manuscript sucks we will very politely inform you that it is not for us.
Blue Poppy is a Self Publishing Collective.
What that means is that we will help a self publishing author with a number of vital aspects of bringing their book to market, but the author still has control and (although you may not like this bit) still pays for all the production costs.
- Ben Blake an experienced self publisher with six books already in print. Ben decided to publish his two book series beginning with “Black Lord Of Eagles“
- Joni Dee is a professional, working in Central London. His first book “And The Wolf Shall Dwell” has already generated a substantial number of pre-orders, and is published in July
- KY Eden moved to New Zealand in 2018. The first two books in her series “The Redcroft Journals” are out in paperback although we don’t currently hold stock.
Amazon UK links are Volume 1 The Missing Journal – Volume 2 The Raven Stones
- Janet Few has a considerable back catalogue of non-fiction already to her credit. She is a professional historian and genealogist and gives talks on the subject. Her first novel, “Barefoot on the Cobbles” comes out in November 2018 and is set mainly in Clovelly and North Devon.
- Lastly there’s Oliver J Tooley
The imprint began with “Children of the Wise Oak” a fantasy set in the real events of Iron Age Europe with the sequel “Women of the Wise Oak” now published as well.
Oliver also writes as Olli Tooley for younger readers. “For Cats’ Eyes Only” is now out. It follows the adventures of Special Agent Felix Whiter, of Animal Intelligence Services, and features terrible puns, fart jokes, action and silliness.
- ALSO – Recently added is an anthology published 29th September
“Mystery Magic & Mayhem – and a Sprig of Mistletoe” is a collections of short stories and poems for children aged around 8-12 (but with fuzzy margins to the age range)
Produced by the “Writing for Children” group at Barnstaple library, with contributions from 14 writers, and illustrations by Pat Fricker (and others) like this one
Authors looking to get published
Let’s be clear, Blue Poppy is not a big publishing house with money to spend on developing potential new authors. It is just one person; Olli Tooley. BUT; the process of publishing Children of the Wise Oak has taught many valuable lessons already. If you are a North Devon based author who wants to self publish but would prefer to do it under an umbrella of an existing imprint; if you are willing to finance your own printing or to crowdfund it, as I did with CotWO, then Blue Poppy may be able to help.
Organising an editor, cover design, formatting (ugh formatting!) printing, distribution, ISBN, e-books, Amazon listings, publicity, and all sorts of other little things, can take a lot of time and energy that could be spent writing the next book. I can give advice and help avoid wasted time, as well as actually doing some of the jobs outright. At all times it will be your book, your copyright, your project. Any genuine costs will be openly discussed but, having done this as an author, I am painfully aware of the need to generate sales profits to pay for stuff, so I won’t be looking for profits off your hard work up front. If the book sells well, everyone does well.
We are presently experimenting with an in house crowdfunding platform to see if we can use that to raise the production costs of new books without incurring third party fees.
Blue Poppy is not interested in publishing anything overtly “adult” e.g. erotica or horror. Nor really anything that is specifically “romance”.
What would be most welcome is fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi, adventure, mystery, YA, and other stuff with a broad age range appeal.
Non-fiction will also be considered.