‘CONSTANCY. Constancy may be symbolised by the phoenix which, knowing that by nature it must be resuscitated, has the constancy to endure the burning flames which consume it, and then it rises anew.’ Leonardo da Vinci
Follow the adventures of a publisher from scratch and learn with us too. At present the aim is to publish David Clement-Davies and Scream of the White Bear, with a story for Younger Reader, Michelangelo’s Mouse. In adult fiction, a vampire novel set in London by David C Davies, The Blood Garden, and Ice by Dominic Sands, will be followed by a Mayan thriller, The Doomsday Game. In non fiction several titles are planned, and two special Ebooks.
With 120,000 new titles published in the UK each year, and the revolution in online media forms, book publishing is now in grave danger. That danger is contributed to by the political cynicism of many agents, and powerful publishers, and their failure to protect and understand committed, professional authors. The story of Phoenix Ark’s MD in America is a case in point, and part of the journey of a new publisher. Should everyone have a right to a hearing? Most certainly, if what is said is responsible, important, or extraordinary, and it is the democratic genius of blogs and online publishing. Should everyone publish books, whether novels or non-fiction? Most certainly not, because that is the path of commitment, talent and considerable skill. With an author at the top of this new endeavour, who knows personally the difficult road writers can face to even survive, it is time to go back to basics. Back to basics with great books, grounded in the power of story, but linked to people who care not only about the ‘products’, but the lives behind them too, and the ultimate values those books enshrine. But the story of Phoenix Ark is also an extraordinary one in itself, that may challenge many people to open their eyes and listen. DCD