Saturday, 18 December 2010

Tiny Acorns in the news!

Our debut charity anthology Tiny Acorns has begun to receive a little local publicity. The Boston Standard ran a piece on it this week You can read the article on-line here: Boston blogger launches charity anthology. Every little shout or mention, however brief, helps us sell more copies and raise more money.

Have you seen 'Tiny Acorns' in the news? If so, leave a comment with the link and tell us all about it.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The Hating Game

Talli Roland's debut novel The Hating Game is out today! And Dotterel Press is pleased to be helping Talli hit the Kindle bestseller list at and by spreading the word today. Even a few sales in a short period of time on Amazon helps push the book up the rankings, making it more visible to other readers.

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When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £200,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it's revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes. Can Mattie confront her past to get the prize money she so desperately needs, or will her exes finally wreak their long-awaited revenge? And what about the ambitious TV producer whose career depends on stopping her from making it to the end?

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Well, the novel-writing month that is November is nearly at an end. If you're a NaNoWriMo writer, here's a tempting offer: we're offering one lucky writer a direct route to publication. Yes, your NaNoWriMo novel could soon appear in print, and sooner than you think. All you have to do is make a bid below. We're auctioning the chance to fast-track your novel into the hands of our avid readers. The highest pledge made to this year's Children in Need Appeal as part of our auction, wins the coveted prize of publication. If you're not sure what Dotterel Press is about, check out our website. We're small; we're not-for-profit. But we are for high-quality,our original writing. We like to think our books say something different. We like to imagine that our writing is unique. We hope our authors are as committed as us to saying something that might never have been said before.

So, if you think you're novel fits the bill why not give it a go? Leave a comment below with your bid, and we may  be in touch. It could be you!

*we reserve the right to refuse publication on the grounds on offensive or otherwise unsuitable material. All pledges must be paid before production can proceed. For a novel to qualify for print-run publication the pledge must also meet production costs. Otherwise publication will be 'print on demand' and distribution through our on-line store.

Friday, 19 November 2010

We've published!

Our debut publication - Tiny Acorns - has been launched at last, and on Children in Need day! Here are some pics of the product just to whet your appetite.

And if you want to browse inside the book, you can do that too. Just head over to our Online store and have a scroll through the pages. It's just like being in a bookshop!

Buying options are as follows: click the PayPal 'add to cart' option, select the quantity required and we'll have them parcelled up and dispatched within the UK as soon as possible. For our international customers, click the 'Buy Now' button at the top of the preview (it appears when the mouse/cursor moves to the top of the display) and our print-on-demand book or downloadable e-book will be delivered courtesy of, who are acting as our printer and distributor for international sales.

And don't forget, every copy you buy helps BBC Children in Need. If we exhaust our print run we'll be handing them over £500, not counting e-book and international sales.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Tiny Acorns

We've had a lot of fun with this project, never more so than when handling the finished product (albeit only as a proof) which arrived in the office yesterday. It's now in the tender care of our printers, MPGBiddles Ltd and should - fingers crossed - be out in time for the official launch day next Friday, November 19th. Why next Friday? Well, because that's BBC Children in Need day, that's why. 

More details soon...

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Things are happening

Tiny Acorns

an anthology of new writing

Looks good, don't you think? And - with a couple of exceptions - every one of the authors included has been informed as is even as we speak checking and re-checking their submissions. The quality of submissions has been impressive; the result is a varied and entertaining book covering the genres of fiction, poetry and life-writing. And all proceeds from its sale are going to the BBC Children in Need appeal. We really couldn't have asked for a better cause to support, and we're delighted to be 'doing our bit'. All of which means, of course, that the book will be available shortly. It's looking tight to get it produced in time for this year's televised appeal, but we're confident we can have it in the (virtual) bookshops in time for Christmas, priced £9.99 inc. P&P.

Most pleasing of all has been the enthusiasm, support and appreciation of the students and writers involved. Almost without exception people have been so positive about the venture, it's made the hard work at this end more than worthwhile.

But of course, you can't please everyone. Even a free writing course, created in what little spare time Tim Atkinson might possess, and an offer of publication isn't enough for some people. Ok, so there were problems with the (voluntary) e-support network, and the type-setting might not be to everybody's taste. But what can you say, other than that a full refund is guaranteed?

Some people, publishers, and writing course tutors are paid to be good; we, evidently, are good for nothing.

At least, we like to think so.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

News of the anthology

First, just a quick reminder: the submission deadline has now closed although we are still holding space for one or two pieces where authors have contacted us prior to the deadline. And having sifted through the entries and begun the process of editing and type-setting, I can tell you that there's some extremely fine writing. The entries range from poetry (taking many different forms) to flash and longer fiction; some works are clearly part of a larger project, others are stand-alone pieces. All have the hallmarks of well-crafted and original pieces of writing, and we're really looking forward to the finished project.

We had hoped that, by now, a partner charity would be on-board and we'd be at least some way down the road of teaming up in order to provide them with the profits from this little enterprise. Unfortuantely, things have not gone smoothly and we've been somewhat let-down by our first choice. This is where you come in. If anyone out there - either connected with the anthology or not - has contact with a charity that they think might be a willing partner, then please let us know. It can be large or small, but preferably national so that buyers across the UK can identify with it and support the cause. Please either email or leave a comment below; we'll do the rest.

Further details of the anthology to follow. Watch this space!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Want a career in publishing?

We can't offer you a job, not yet anyway. But we can offer you the chance to develop valuable skills, gain experience and add to your CV. At a time when the publishing industry is more competitive than ever, jobs are being shed and getting that all-important breakthrough can seem impossible, getting the kind of experience that might help get you noticed can be difficult. Here at Dotterel Press we can't offer much, but we might be able to help. We're looking for proof-readers, copy-editors and readers prior to the launch of our first publications. As a non-profit social enterprise, we're not able to offer payment. Well, not in monetary terms. But we can guarantee you'll be paid handsomely by your experience. You'll get vital insights into all aspects of pre-publication, working with authors and editors and helping shape a book from proposal to print-run. It's an exciting opportunity, and if you think you've got what it takes, email me - Gareth Dearson - at for further information.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Exciting news!

A brief up-date, just to let everyone know that anthology submissions are arriving by the inbox full, and we've already got some really high quality writing. At this rate, we might even have to start thinking about bringing the deadline forward but at present it remains September 30th. We've got poetry, short fiction, life writing, and humour and it's looking very good indeed so far.

If you haven't submitted, but you'd like to, there are two ways of going about it:
  1. If your work is finished, and you're happy with it, email it as a word or text doc. to;
  2. If it's not yet ready, but you want to submit and you're sure it'll be done by September, please email a brief outline (subject, style, approximate number of words etc.) to
It's as simple as that. 

And if anyone's planning to submit a full-length piece of writing or a poetry collection to Dotterel Press, please   have a look at the Dotterel Press website where our submissions guidelines can be found. 

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Anthology ahoy!

As most of you will know, my business partner Dotterel has been running a creative writing e-course for the past few weeks. At the last count there were almost 100 people taking part, and we're hoping all of them will be able to contribute at least one piece of writing, maybe more, to the course anthology. So today we thought it might be a good idea to go through some of the details.

The book has already been assigned its ISBN (978-0-9562869-1-8) and we've got an idea for the title (based on something Tim said when the writing course was beginning to take off - any guesses?) and the cover. We have an account with printers MPG Biddles and plan to have the book out in time for Christmas. What we need, of course, is content.

All rights to your work will remain with the author: you will retain copyright and have permission to reproduce, resubmit and seek remuneration from your work at all times, just not in the format published in the course anthology. (For example, we wouldn't like you photocopying the pages and sending them to another publisher - mind you, neither would they.) I'm afraid - in keeping with our aims as a social enterprise publisher - there'll be no payment, and profits from the sale of the book will be donated to a charity.

Obviously we hope everyone will want to take this opportunity to have a piece of writing published. We're hoping it will make a great Christmas present; we'll be selling copies of the book directly from our website and we're hoping to get it listed on Amazon too.

If you have any questions about the anthology, please submit them below in the comments box. And keep checking back here for further news.

Friday, 18 June 2010


The Dotterel Press blog is now live, although we're not quite ready yet to take submissions yet you can check out our new Dotterel Press website and discover all there is to know about a brand-new publishing initiative.