Have a gander at what Edinburgh’s Napier University MSc Publishing folk are up to. Two teams of students are currently working on a live project, each having to publish two books. As an added bonus, once released, the books will be distributed for free to help promote Scottish literature.
One group are currently working on publishing two books: Detective McLevy’s Casebook, a selection of true crime short stories by one of Edinburgh’s first detectives, and The New Road, a Jacobean historical novel by Neil Munro. You can follow the progress of these budding publishers live, as each book has its own website: www.newroadmunro.wordpress.com/ and www.mclevy.wordpress.com/. Not only that but you can get involved, with online polls used to decide upon the artwork used for the front covers!
The second group are also focusing on two books: Lilith by George MacDonald, which will be published as an e-book, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, to be released as a play script for school children. Children were invited to take part in the design for the front cover for this adaptation, with the top ten winners receiving a signed copy of Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious and the Monkeys. The final edition of the play will also be distributed freely throughout local primary schools.
Again, each book has its own website, so you can follow their progress live here: www.lilithmacdonald.wordpress.com/ and www.treasureislandbook.wordpress.com/.
We can't wait to see the results!