2016 Writing Resolutions – Beachy Rambles – Beachy Books Podcast – Episode 9

Philip starts 2016 off with a short ramble on his writing resolutions…

Philip Bell, published author, writer and publisher at Beachy Books, rambles on about writing while on his country rambles. He rambles about writing, children’s books, publishing, self publishing, and anything to do with books and literature. With thanks to Dan O’Neill, who composed the wonderful music.

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Winter 2015 School Book Club

Beachy Books School Book Club Christmas 2015

Due to the success of our autumn school book club list with our two trial primary schools we are doing it again with a  special Christmas list of 25 discounted books for children from pre-school to Year 2 in primary school.

We will be donating our own Jack and Boo children’s books to all the school libraries involved and if we get enough orders from schools this time we will be donating copies of the book called ‘Refugee’ which is a retelling of the nativity story chiming in with the current Syrian refugee crisis. £5 from the sale of each book goes direct to the War Child charity. If we have lots of orders we might even have spare funds to buy more books from our selection for school libraries involved. The more books bought, the more books we have a chance of buying for school libraries.

We have now had two more primary schools get involved plus some nursery schools and our list is growing so if you want your school or nursery involved then please get in touch.

Click below to see our winter 2015 book list…

Winter December 2015 – Beachy Books School Book Club List

Happy Christmas reading!

Your Journey Starts Here… again!

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Some years ago we worked with children at Newchurch Primary School to create a book that could be given to new children starting in reception called Your Journey Starts Here (you can read about it by clicking on this link) and we are pleased to say the school has kept printing it and giving it to their latest reception intake year after year.

This year they made a few changes to it, making it full of photos to better illustrate all the exciting things that happen at school to pre-school children about to start school and again they asked us to publish it

We published and printed books in time for their teddy bear’s picnic where new children were invited in the summer to experience what it is like in the school and meet their new teachers.

We hope Your Journey Starts Here gives new children the best start on their school journey!

 

Autumn Beachy Books School Book Club Launches!

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Beachy Books is happy to announce that we are becoming a bookseller and will now be selling the latest published children’s books alongside our own children’s books, direct to primary schools with our new Beachy Books School Book Club!

Every term we select over 50 children’s books to suit all primary school ages at great discounts from 10-40%! They range from the latest fiction bestsellers to exciting non-fiction and fiction that tie in with the school curriculum.

We know there are lots of places you can buy books but what makes us different is that the more books that children and parents buy from our book club, the more FREE books we supply to your school library!

If you want your school to take part please get in contact by emailing schoolbookclub (at) beachybooks (dot) com.

At present the scheme is only running for UK schools on the Isle of Wight but we do hope to expand it out to other mainland schools if there is demand.

To view our latest Beachy Books School Book List catalogue click here or see the School Book Club menu at the top of our website.

Beachy Books publishes your books!

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Do you need help getting your book published?

We can help with all aspects of publishing, providing creative and editorial services to help you get your book published.

Over the years Beachy Books has worked with charities, community groups, schools and private individuals to help them publish their own books for a range of causes.

Beachy Books is not a traditional publisher, so if you think you have the next ‘Great’ novel or celebrity autobiography then try a big publisher instead.

Beachy Books specializes in shorter print run books for specific needs. For example, a fairy story book written by children to raise fund for charity, or a book commissioned by a primary school to give to parents of children about to join, or using grants to teach community groups how to publish their own book of personal stories.

We do charge for publishing services to cover design, publishing and printing costs.

We can help you self publish your own books under your own name or publishing label, or if I feel the book sits well with my list I can publish your book under the Beachy Books or Beachy Community Books imprint.

We can print your books at cost prices so you can sell them for profit or use them how you wish and authors can keep all rights and copyright.

 

Our Award Winning Jack and Boo Children’s Books

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We published our own children’s books!

Children’s books for ages 3-7 or anybody who loves good picture books. Click on the images for more information:

Jack and Boo's Dinosaur Island Link Cover ImageTitle: Jack and Boo’s Dinosaur Island

Publication: 25th October 2013

RRP: £5.99

Age: 3-7 years

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Jack and Boo's Snowy Day Link Cover ImageTitle: Jack and Boo’s Snowy Day

Publication: 3rd October 2011

RRP: £5.99

Age: 3-7 years

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Jack and Boo's Wild Wood Link Cover Image

Title: Jack and Boo’s Wild Wood

Publication: 1st June 2011

RRP: £5.99

Age: 3-7 years

Find out more!

Jack and Boo's Bucket of Treasures Link Cover Image

Title: Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures

Publication: 24th July 2009

RRP: £5.99

Age: 3-7 years

Find out more!

 

Beachy Books Review of the Year 2014

Santas Cat by Philip Bell Copyright 2014

It wouldn’t be Christmas without me looking back over the year and thinking how little I achieved, but realising I did some amazing things and then summing it all up in a blog post. Did I achieve all the things I set out to do? Did I do things I never expected? What were the successes? What were the fails?

I’ll start by reading what I wrote last year, however I notice that really that’s a 2012 review and after writing my 2013 resolutions I didn’t then write a review of 2013. This must have been because at the end of the year I was so busy trying to publish Jack and Boo’s Dinosaur Island! And I also notice that I only managed to complete one of my five resolutions. Hey ho, better one than none.

As a blogging year, it was my most pitiful yet, with only a handful of blogs published. The truth is, blogging is my least favourite form of writing. But, I still felt the urge to communicate with you all, and I thought an interesting way might be via a podcast. I almost gave up on the idea because I realised it would take too long, until one day I had the stupid idea to just record the nonsense churning around my head during my daily walks in the country. The result has gained a small but appreciative audience. The podcasts are about my thoughts on writing, my current projects and other topics on the writing life. I haven’t a clue who it’s really aimed at and I admit it is a touch idiosyncratic, but it’s all you’re getting for now. I hope to continue podcasting in the new year, so If I’ve piqued your interest then listen and subscribe here: Beachy Books – Beachy Rambles Podcasts.

Most of my time this year has been taken up with continuing my successful Beachy Books Community Book Publishing Projects, which enabled me to work with some amazing people from my local community and help them create their own community books, while having loads of fun and hopefully imparting some skills I’ve learned along the way.

The projects resulted in 4 amazing books, which I have now published under a newly created community imprint Beachy Community Books.

The books are Your Journey Into Ryde, Over The Bridge to Gunville, Freshwater Reflections and Animals Never Judge Me. I also published Addicts’ Anecdotes, a community book from 2013, via this imprint as our first community book.

All of the community books have sold at least 100 copies, most hundreds, and one, Freshwater Reflections, 700 copies! After costs, all profits go back to the groups who created the books to support their own causes.

During the delivery of my courses I was also observed by OFSTED and they gave me a GOOD rating, which is good, I think.

Unfortunately, due to the community book projects taking up so much time, we (the wife and I) failed to create another Jack and Boo children’s book this year, and also shelved a number picture book projects we had planned due to lack of time to dedicate to them. Perhaps a new book will surface in the new year if we get time…

I did manage to finish a short-ish children’s chapter book. I thought it was amazing. I loved it. Then I read it to my children. Their reaction was lukewarm. I have decided to shelve it for a bit and return to it another day. It took me ages to finish but I just don’t think it has the X Factor. Bit gutting really, but I’m just not feeling any love for it. I may be able to resurrect it one day. But if I don’t, it was just another step along the way.

And so, in the closing months of the year I have wrapped up my community book projects and finally had the time I was craving to go back into the study, close the door and start writing again. I discovered a half finished manuscript in the loft, which I haven’t been able to shake from my head so I’ve resolved to finish it in 2015. I don’t want to reveal too much at the moment, except that it’s not a children’s book. Of course, that’s not to say it won’t be childish. Only time (and my 2015 review of the year) will tell if I finish a publishable draft.

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas in 2014!

Onwards…

Story Structure – Beachy Rambles – Beachy Books Podcast – Episode 8

Wild flowers by Philip Bell Copyright 2014

Philip rambles about story structure, his current story for children, being inspired by Enid Blyton’s Famous Five stories, and that awful moment when you think your story might be sh*t!

Philip Bell, published author, writer and publisher at Beachy Books, rambles on about writing while on his country rambles. He rambles about writing, children’s books, publishing, self publishing, and anything to do with books and literature. With thanks to Dan O’Neill, who composed the wonderful music.

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Bubbly Thoughts – Beachy Rambles – Beachy Books Podcast – Episode 7

Philip’s brain is in the ‘bubbly thoughts’ stage and he rambles about how he gets his ideas, serendipity, juxtaposing random ideas to make new ones, and he looks at some impressive hairy bullocks.

Philip Bell, published author, writer and publisher at Beachy Books, rambles on about writing while on his country rambles. He rambles about writing, children’s books, publishing, self publishing, and anything to do with books and literature. With thanks to Dan O’Neill, who composed the wonderful music.

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Prostituting Your Art – Beachy Rambles – Beachy Books Podcast – Episode 6

This is Not a Dog's Loo message found on Cycleway 23 IOW Photo by Philip Bell

Philip rambles about his anguish over wanting to write what he truly loves while considering how much commercial aspirations and genres can alter his vision.

Philip Bell, published author, writer and publisher at Beachy Books, rambles on about writing while on his country rambles. He rambles about writing, children’s books, publishing, self publishing, and anything to do with books and literature. With thanks to Dan O’Neill, who composed the wonderful music.

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