Calling All Novelists - Win a Publishing Contract with New Norfolk Publisher

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In the same year that Norwich is celebrating its UNESCO City of Literature status, a new Norfolk-based publishing house, Rethink Press Limited, is set to celebrate its launch by holding a competition to find 3 talented new novelists.

In the same year that Norwich is celebrating its UNESCO City of Literature status, a new Norfolk-based publishing house is set to launch. Rethink Press has been set up by Lucy McCarraher, East Anglian novelist and self-help author, to enable other writers get their work into print.

Lucy’s new venture, Rethink Press bridges the gap between traditional publishers – who offer ever fewer opportunities for new talent – and the perils of self-publishing. At Rethink (, writers of all genres can invest in the publication of their own work while receiving the personalised expertise of experienced publishers.

To celebrate its launch, Rethink Press is holding a competition to find three brilliant new novels – which will all be published in the next 12 months. The first prize is a publication package worth £1,999 including marketing, PR and an author website. A runner up will also have their novel published (value £999) and there is a special publishing contract (valued at £1,499) on offer for the best novel set in, or about, East Anglia.

Lucy McCarraher, who will be heading the judging, benefited from entering a similar competition herself. Her first family mystery, Blood and Water, was published by Macmillan after she entered the Richard and Judy “How To Be Published” Competition in 2004 – and she didn’t even win! Now she wants to offer other writers the chance to get their novels in print and to discover some exciting new talent. Rethink Press has already re-published Lucy’s three novels, the second of which, Kindred Spirits, is set in Norfolk and based on her true life ghost story.

“Becoming a published author changed my life,” says Lucy. “I only entered the Richard and Judy competition because friends who had read my draft pushed me into it – and I got my first novel published. I really want to share my experience with other writers, and I love working with them as an editor and publisher to make their work the best it can be. I’m hoping to discover some bestselling talent and help other writers to experience the thrill of seeing their book in print!”

The other competition judges are Norfolk novelist, Amanda Addison; Sam Ruddock, literary blogger and Programme Manager at the Writers’ Centre Norwich (which is responsible for Norwich’s City of Literature status); and novelist and writing coach, Cate Sweeney.

Writers who want to get an edge in both the competition and getting published, can attend a workshop on “How To Get Your Novel Published” on Friday 29th June, hosted by the Writers’ Centre Norwich. Lucy, Amanda and Sam will be giving participants an insider view of how to get their novels noticed by publishers and agents, and all the different publishing options available to them.

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Lucy McCarraher started her first publishing company when she was still at university in Australia. She has written three novels (Blood and Water, Kindred Spirits and Mr Mikey’s Ladies), three self-help books (including the successful The Real Secret), scripts for television and numerous articles and reviews for newspapers, magazines and journals. She is the Managing Editor of Rethink Press and Commissioning Editor of Bookshaker. Lucy is an expert in work-life balance and has worked as a tv script-editor, concept developer, researcher, producer and presenter; as a magazine publisher, book editor, writer's agent, ghost writer and theatre critic; and as a conductor on the Blackpool trams. She has a post-graduate teaching diploma from City College Norwich and delivers training workshops for Jarrold Training. Lucy has two adult sons and lives in rural South Norfolk with her husband and two daughters.

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