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Affirm partners with Tablo on crime writing project

Small publisher Affirm Press has partnered with Australian online publishing platform Tablo to review a selection of crime writing published on the Tablo platform.

Affirm will read submissions on the theme of ‘the perfect crime’ shared in Tablo’s crime community between 30 March and 22 April 2018, and consider these for publication. The small publisher will select one winning author, who will receive an editorial and publishing mentorship with Affirm, consisting of a manuscript assessment on the initial winning submission, a meeting with an editor over Skype to discuss ‘editorial direction and pathways to publication’, as well as shorter additional notes if the manuscript’s second draft is not accepted for publication.

Authors from around the world can participate, however Affirm will only be considering Australian submissions for possible publication or mentorship. Tablo will offer the best non-Australian submission an ebook and paperback self-publishing distribution package to 40,000 retailers, as well as recommend editors and cover designers.

An Affirm Press spokesperson said the publisher is looking for ‘imaginative, passionate writers who know how to entertain as well as craft’, and that they are open to fiction or narrative nonfiction in the crime genre, or other genres ‘as long as there is a strong crime element in the story’.

Affirm Press publishing director Martin Hughes says, ‘We welcome any innovative ways of connecting writers with publishers, and we’re excited by the possibilities a new online forum like Tablo might create for publishers. We thought we’d focus on crime in the first place, to see if we can attract fresh voices and perspectives.’

For more information, visit the Tablo website.


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