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E and T Books Interview

Posted on 28 July 2009. © Copyright 2004-2024 WriteWords
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WriteWords talks to Ellen Marshall of E and T Books

Tell us all about the company- history, ethos, list etc

E&T was originally founded in 2001 but was bought out at the end of last year by Lorne Forsyth, previously a minority shareholder. He installed Mark Searle as Publisher and together they’ve completely revamped the frontlist, focusing mainly on producing intelligent non-fiction working in association with well-known brands e.g. Classic FM on our October title Classic Ephemera.

What excites you about a piece of writing-

Something that’s witty and innovative, without being overly weird!

and what makes your heart sink?

Bad grammar and clichéd characters.

Specific do’s and don’ts for new-ish writers?

Do: Your research when sending to publishers – find out which ones accept the type of work you’ve written. If you can’t find anything about the company, give them a call – publishers are always happy to talk through their submissions policy. Make sure your manuscript is typed (no publisher will consider a handwritten one) and generally it should be between 50,000 and 90,000 words. It’s unlikely that anything over 90,000 will be accepted.

Don’t: give up. As our latest author Josa Young says, it took her several years and many rejections before finally getting published, so the important thing is not lose heart from the rejections. We get plenty of good ideas from authors who can write well, but as we’re only a small company, our schedule gets full up very quickly and for the time being, we can’t accept new submissions, which is why we reject them – however, that’s not to say the submissions themselves are rubbish.

Who are your favourite writers and why?

Too many really to mention but at the moment, Kate Atkinson and Margaret Atwood – I love the surreal nature of their writing.

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