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Stephanie Zia – Stephanie was as a production manager, researcher and director at the BBC before becoming a writer, editor and publisher. Author of 2 Piatkus novels and 2 Hamlyn non-fiction books, she has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. From 2005-11 she was a columnist for The Guardian newspaper’s popular Space Solves page. She lives in London with her partner and teenage daughter. Author profile
Elle Ford – Editorial Director. One of Elle’s first interviews was with Lauren Weisberger when she was just 17 and she’s continued to spot the on-the-up-and-up ever since. Author of A London Steal, published when she was still at university, Elle has worked as an editor and copywriter for numerous online publications as well as for several London publishing houses. Elle also works as a novel and fashion illustrator – her artwork has featured in several Blackbird Digital Books’ titles, including the cover for Susie Kelly’s top-selling Swallows & Robins – The Guests In My Garden. Elle’s website is at http://alondonsteal.wordpress.com/. She lives in London.
Sarah Tomley – Associate Editor, Proofreader, Copy Editor. Sarah worked in advertising for six years before doing an MA in book publishing. After editing books for several years for Nelson Thornes and Berlitz, she took some time out to have a couple of unruly kids before returning to the publishing world as a commissioning editor, first on a weekly partwork (Inside The Human Body), and then for two of the UK’s most successful companies, Quarto plc and Octopus Books. At Blackbird Digital’s associates EditorsOnline, Sarah specialises in commissioning and editing non-fiction illustrated books for Dorling Kindersley (DK.com). She’s also tackled digital projects for io global (a subsidiary of bt.com), foboko.com, busconcept.com and several ecommerce sites.
Mark Binner – Ebook Formatting. Mark has worked in IT since the days when it was called data processing and software developers were called programmers. In that time he has resolved thousands of IT problems, installed and fixed hundreds of PCs and written the documentation that nobody else wanted to write. He is a staunch advocate of free and open-source software, which he uses every day. In addition to his non-fiction work, Mark has had poetry published in two anthologies. He is a keen photographer, a half-hearted rock guitarist and has been known to make a rather tasty lamb tagine, given half a chance. He lives in not-so-sunny Lancashire with his Brazilian wife and a ridiculously-sized book collection.
Andrew Ives – Proofreader. Andrew worked in translation, localisation, copywriting and proofreading in several European countries before trying his hand at writing eBooks. He currently lives in SW France on an old walnut farm with his fingers permanently crossed for the electricity to remain on as he finishes his fourth novel.
Logo Design – Jennifer Copley-May at Armadillo Central
Launching in February 2010, Blackbird Digital Books became one of the first digital-only ebook and POD publishers in the UK. We publish original work by exciting new authors alongside rights-reverted/new titles by established authors. Our brand has slowly been evolving into RESOURCEFUL, ADVENTUROUS TYPES living life to the full. We love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, humour, art, the surreal and magic. We are based in Kensington, London W8.
‘Why will authors need publishers any more?’ asked Russian literary superstar Boris Akunin at the 2011 London Book Fair. Four reasons why was the reply: added value, editorial, shaping and communication to the reader. Our aim is to build our name into a quality brand that readers and writers can trust. Old School BBC ideas like manners, trust and communication with our authors and contributors are important to us. Blackbird Digital Books is run on Geshe Michael Roach’s principles of business practice, based on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, an ancient Tibetan text.
Named after this friendly blackbird who has made herself at home on our balcony.
She settles down to relax in the sunlight for long stretches of time. A blackbird habit known as ‘sunning’.
They hold their eye in the direct beam of the sun and fluff their feathers out. “Sunning would appear to perform two separate functions: maintaining the bird’s feathers in good condition, and helping to regulate it’s temperature. There is even a suggestion that they do it simply because they enjoy it.” says the RSPB’s Darren Oakley-Martin.