Online book service helps Ripon author

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Not only did he continue to produce his own work, but he also launched a publishing brand – Coverstory books – and now uses it to bring the work of others to the reading public as well.

“Having found a more suitable platform to produce and distribute books than KDP, I decided I could put the skills I had developed to good use publishing books for other writers as well,” said Ian. .

The past year has been particularly prolific with Coverstory Books releasing one book per month for the past six months, including two debut poetry collections, an anthology and a play collection – all for other writers.

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“Yorkshire writers are well represented,” added Ian.

“I have produced individual collections for Kathleen Swann and Julia Usman, and there are many voices from Yorkshire in the collection of poetry and prose, ‘New Contexts: 1’.”

The latter follows the publication of Oak Tree Alchemy in 2019, an anthology written entirely by 11 members of a North Yorkshire poetry group.

It is unlikely to slow down.

“I have a few personal projects going on, plus ‘New Contexts: 2’ is due out in the fall, and I’m sure I’ll help someone else get printed this year!”

Ian’s latest novel, On Parliament Hill, is available May 21.

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