Fiction publisher

Hackney author talks independent publishing

15:45 18 January 2022

Indie Novella, a not-for-profit book publishing agency, is gearing up for an exciting launch in Highbury next month.

The organization, based in north London, facilitates and inspires the work of emerging local authors.

Both a bookseller and a publisher, Indie Novella offers collaboration opportunities, tutorials and short courses for authors.

Damien Mosley, British-Sri Lankan author and Newington Green resident, is a founding member of Indie Novella.

Full Wire by John McMenemie is one of the books published by Indie Novella
Credit: Callum Hood

Damien said: “We formed Indie Novella on the idea that there are actually a lot of really good stories out there that haven’t been discovered – so why not find them and then publish them?

Indie Novella was founded after a group of writers, including Damien, met in writing classes four years ago.

“We were looking to find publishing agents or self-publish, but realized the agent route was a difficult process.

“We had this idea that there should be common ground – authors should be able to come together and work together to use the skills that a publishing house would offer, such as editing and proofreading ability,” Damien said.

North London author and musician John McMenemie

North London author and musician John McMenemie
– Credit: John McMenemie

The organization prides itself on being a “community publisher” – encouraging new and emerging authors to collaborate, share their expertise and expand their contacts in the book industry.

Run by volunteers, Indie Novella offers free advice to authors of all ages and economic backgrounds.

Damien said, “Having a volunteer-run organization can be tough…but when it works, you actually get people who are super passionate and do it for the love of the books.

Mr Jones is a new book by local author Alex Woolf

Mr Jones is a new book by local author Alex Woolf
– Credit: Callum Hood

When Damien started writing 10 years ago, he found that the industry had many hurdles and getting publishing advice usually cost thousands of pounds.

This accentuated minorities, making entry into the industry nearly impossible for some.

“It causes this fracture and if you don’t know the essential tips and tricks you’re really at a huge disadvantage,” he said.

“What we want to do [at Indie Novella] is to take what we’ve learned and research and provide it for free.”

AuthorAlex Woolf

AuthorAlex Woolf
– Credit: Alex Woolf

This manifested itself in a free online writing course – held last December – where participants could participate at their own pace, from the comfort of their own homes.

Indie Novella will host the nine-week course again, starting January 25.

Damien said: “The course brings people together – I’ve personally found that the best way to learn to be a writer is to review other people’s work.

“We’re a small publisher, but we’re the only small publisher to offer free online writing courses, as far as we can see.”

Indie Novella brings together volunteer editors, graphic designers and publicists, to develop the work of their community of writers. New authors are encouraged to get involved by submitting their work to the Indie Novella website.

January 26 will mark the release of the first batch of Indie Novella writers, all based in North London.

Authors include Damien himself, children’s author Alex Woolf, musician John McMenemie and former Disney animator Sarah Airriess.

Damien’s book, Join Up, is a comedy-drama that explores post-depression life in the style of David Nicholls.

With the other books ranging from comedy to sci-fi, the release promises to be “colorful and exciting.”

On February 3, Indie Novella will also hold a launch event at independent Islington [email protected] Bookshop in Highbury.

This will be followed by a series of author readings at All Good Bookshop in Turnpike Lane.

Disney Host Sarah Airriess' Graphic Novel The World's Worst Trip

Disney Host Sarah Airriess’ Graphic Novel The World’s Worst Trip
– Credit: Sarah Airreiss

Both of these events will be an exciting and engaging way to learn more about Indie Novella’s mission and opportunities.

“We would really like to involve more authors from Hampstead and Highgate who love fiction, who have written fiction and want to submit something,” Damien said.

“We’re trying to grow the community, if anyone wants to get involved in any way we’d like them in part.”

More information can be found on the Indie Novella website at

To find out more about the [email protected] launch, visit -wire-6-30pm

Learn more about All Good Bookshop at

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Margarita W. Wilson

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