New Commercial Fiction Business Prepares Authors And Their Books For Publication
Former Head of Zeus & Canongate Staffer Launches Domney Books As Authors’ Cheerleader, Advisor and Editor
Printing Charity 2021 Rising Star Award Winner Turns Ruthless Cheerfulness To Entrepreneurial Pre-Publication Venture
Head of Zeus (Bloomsbury) and Joffe Books are the first publishers to secure the services of new pre-publication business Domney Books at launch.
Ruthlessly cheerful and aggressively optimistic, Holly Domney is launching Domney Books to prepare authors for publication, as well as their manuscripts.
In addition to the publishing house clients secured to date, Domney Books is supporting ten authors directly at launch. These include Sunday Times bestselling crime author David Mark (known for Richard and Judy pick Dark Winter) and debut romance self-publisher Jamie Taylor (A Moment on the Lips). Eight additional UK and US action, adventure, thriller, science fiction and fantasy authors are working with Domney Books in their quest to publish.
As well as offering fundamental editorial services such as structural editing and copywriting, Domney Books is a cheerleader, advisor and promoter of authors. Holly Domney’s broad experience of the business of books enables Domney Books to deliver consultancy, coaching, care and creative services to authors. Such services help them to complete their manuscript, prepare them for submitting to agents and publishing houses, or to self-publish their novels.
David Mark said, “Editing, publishing strategy, copywriting, metadata, author support, Domney Books excels at all the things that are integral to any traditionally or self-published author. Whether new to publishing or long established, Holly’s experience, professionalism and positivity make her invaluable on any writer’s journey.”
Jamie Taylor said, “Holly is everything you could wish for in an editor and professional advisor. Her knowledge is vast and she is as enthusiastic as she is honest. Holly is now my first choice for any editing or industry advice, and I would wholeheartedly encourage others to choose her services. You will not be disappointed.”
Domney Books’ Holly Domney said, “Too often the people element of publishing is forgotten. We don’t just deal in manuscripts. We’re dealing with masses of creative, emotional and intellectual energy that authors have invested in their stories. As well as helping to make manuscripts marketable Domney Books will help authors overcome their fears – fears of rejection, of promotion, and even of publication itself.
Head of Zeus’ fiction publishing director, Laura Palmer said, “It’s so enjoyable working with Holly at Domney Books. Professional and passionate, she not only champions her authors but goes above and beyond for them and their books.”
Joffe’s publishing director, Kate Lyall-Grant said, “I can wholeheartedly recommend Holly Domney as an enthusiastic and perceptive editor, whose keen insights, eagle eye for detail, in-depth knowledge and can-do attitude are invaluable in guiding authors through every stage of the editorial process, from pitch to publication. At Joffe Books, we have been lucky to benefit from her expertise; Holly succeeds in making the editorial experience an enormously enjoyable one for author and publisher alike.”
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About Domney Books
Domney Books is the pre-publication commercial fiction business launched and run by Holly Domney.
Holly Domney’s professional career started by selling books at the retail counter of Waterstones. She moved onto working in library market specialist Severn House before being recruited to launch and develop new imprints at independent publishers including Canongate and Bloomsbury’s Head of Zeus. She has promoted print, digital and audio titles through online and traditional channels and has published books across a broad range of genres including crime, thriller, romance, science fiction, fantasy, adventure and historical fiction. In 2021 she was recognised by the Printing Charity as a Rising Star of the publishing industry. She has been a panellist at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival, interviewed by the RNA Fantasy Chapter and hosted author pop-up events at Harrogate’s crime writing festival.