Fairlight Books has one aim – to celebrate quality writing and promote the best of new and contemporary literary fiction.
Based in the thriving and dynamic publishing hub of Oxford, we’re a young, dynamic team wanting to do things a little differently. For us, it’s about a wider community coming together to celebrate and promote quality writing.
It’s all about the Writing
Sometimes it feels as if the publishing industry is a little at war with itself. Great barriers have been drawn up between the self-publishing community and the traditional publishers, between the major online retailers and the physical stores, between an electronic book and a physical one.
In a world where the consumer is facing an electronic deluge of ‘buy-me’ photo fit novels, we’d like to make a start on breaking those barriers down and find new ways to re-connect readers with good writing and beautiful books.
As we launch our website, you’ll find articles about self-published writers who are crowd-funding their novels; about ghost-writers, the behind-the-scenes mainstay of the traditional publishing world; about illustrators who should be celebrated for moving cover design forward, ensuring consumers get to buy beautiful and unique books.
We’re currently on a tour of the UK’s bookstores, large and small and we’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm and excitement of the booksellers we’ve met so far. We want to hear about how we can support these booksellers and their missions to put beautiful, well-written books into the hands of their customers.
As part of our mission to make quality writing more discoverable, we’ve set up Fairlight Shorts. This online short story portal showcases some fantastic, but previously unpublished, short story writing. Making all of the stories on our website freely available to readers, our aim is to fight the corner for the short story as a form of literature which until recently has been largely abandoned or hidden behind paywalls, and promote and support the writing of these talented authors.
With a specific focus on quality rather than quantity, we intend to publish contemporary adult literary fiction and well-written genre fiction.
By publishing just a small number of books each year, we believe we can give each book and its author the care and attention they deserve – from stunning and original cover designs, to comprehensive e-book coverage, to promotional campaigns sustained over the longer term. For us, it’s all about re-connecting the reader with a quality reading experience.
Fairlight Books – GOOD BOOKS, GREAT READS