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SilverWood Books is a Proud Finalist in the Bristol Life Awards

Published: 11 May 2021

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The Bristol Life Awards celebrates the best of Bristol and has quickly become a business highlight of the city each year. SilverWood Books is a finalist in the Creative category. You can see all the categories and the finalists here.

In our entry, we were asked to talk about the things that make SilverWood stand out, and the challenges of the past year. Shortly after going into lockdown, we decided to review our business, and the way we as a team engage with each other and our authors. In the early days of the pandemic, we quickly adapted our normal in-person meetings with authors to offer pre-bookable Discovery Calls and Q&A sessions on Zoom. These new services allow writers to learn about the self-publishing process and talk to an experienced professional about their book. We also re-energised the way we update our authors and subscribers with mailshots and enewsletters, and by offering regular new content in our Learning Zone and on social media to help authors feel connected and informed.

During the early days of lockdown, many people told us they had more time to invest in creative writing. However, some were struggling with the isolation of writing at home to complete their books. To support them, we launched SilverWood Book Writing Club, with a low ticket cost, making it affordable and welcoming.

For a long time, book promotion went totally online - bookshops closed their doors, and lockdown called a halt to in-person author talks, events and book signings. To help our authors, we extended our marketing services to offer three book marketing packages which include partnering with other book promotion experts. We are also developing a new SilverWood Marketing Club so that newly-published authors have the tools and knowledge to feel confident about promoting their book.

We’re proud to report that 48.4% of writers signing up with SilverWood are returning authors or from personal recommendation.We’re genuinely grateful for the great support our authors show us, and for the way they engage with and seem to value what we do to help them.

If you’re planning or working on a book and you think that SilverWood Books could be a good home for you and your writing, please book a free Discovery Call to chat with one of our helpful publishing assistants here.

“If you’re thinking of self-publishing, I hope you don't go at it alone. With a team like SilverWood behind you, you have the support you need to publish the best work you believe in.”

J A Higgins