Barnes, London


The London launch of Seagull Hotel by Kirstine Richards, published by YouCaxton, is being held on Saturday 6 May 2017 at 18 Rectory Road, Barnes, London, starting at 4.00 pm. Kirstine’s daughter will give an introduction and there will be a reading.



Arts Festival


YouCaxton Editor, Bob Fowke, will be talking about  the prophet Elijah and biblical history at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, 2.00pm, Wednesday 22nd February.  His talk is titled Elijah and the Theft of God and looks at Canaanite religion in relation to ancient Israelite religion. He starts with Elijah, a prophet of the cult of Yahweh from the ninth century BC. Elijah’s chosen name meant ‘Yahweh is El’, although El was the senior god of the ancient Canaanites and father of their favourite god, Baal. Since Elijah caused the death of 450 of the priests of Baal, Bob asks, among other things, what Baal’s father would have had to say about it and why Elijah chose it as a name.


Scouse Gothic 3
Ian McKinney

CS Cover.indd This is the third book in the Scouse Gothic series by Ian McKinney.

Life can be difficult – even when you’re dead.
Lathom lies awake. His nights are plagued by nightmares and his days by hallucinations and cravings for blood. Worse still he’s stone cold sober all the time - immortality has its drawbacks. Melville has decided to put his past behind him and live for the future - unfortunately his past has other ideas. Peter is worried that his research might create human vampires - and also that he may already know one. Frank ponders how to make an omelette without breaking your favourite egg. And Sheryl wonders if it’s unnatural for vampires to live together. Perhaps, love isn’t all you need – perhaps all you need is blood.

Other books in the series...
Scouse Gothic 1 - The Pool of Life... and Death
Scouse Gothic 2 - Blood Brothers... and Sisters
Published:1st Jan 2017
Paperback:224 pages

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Reader Reviews...


Thomas Paine


Today is the anniversary of the publication of Common Sense by Thomas Paine, printed in Pennsylvania anonymously on 10 January 1776. It was written in clear, every-day language to persuade the colonists in what was to be the United States of America to seek independence. War with Britain had already broken out but the Americans were not yet interested in severing ties with the Mother Country. As Paine wrote later, in 1778 ‘Their attachment to Britain was obstinate, and it was, at that time, a kind of treason to speak against it. Their ideas of grievance operated without resentment, and their single object was reconciliation.’  He perhaps exagerated. Almost 100,000 copies were sold in the the first year.



Shrewsbury Library


The Seagull Hotel by Kirstine Richards, published by YouCaxton, is to be launched at Shrewsbury Library, 10.30 Saturday 10th December. This delightful true story describes how Kirstine and her German friend Gerdy, both recently widowed in Word War II and with young children, started a hotel in Exmouth in 1945. All welcome.



Church Times


New Llanthony Abbey by Hugh Allen, published by YouCaxton, has received an excellent review in the Church Times:

‘In the midst of the burgeoning religious fervour of 19th-century Britain, the tragic-comic figure of Joseph Leycester Lyne [Fr Ignatius] must surely represent the epitome of … the “virtuoso religion” of some of its more enthusiastic and eccentric characters.  As such, a book like Hugh Allen’s has been lacking for a long time…..

The whole work is forensically researched, meticulously referenced, and fluently written – a winning combination that makes it as enjoyable as it is useful – and the footnotes are often as interesting and informative as the main body of the text.

Lyne was either a faithful thwarted prophet or a volatile pious lunatic.  Perhaps he was a heady combination of both; but Allen leaves that judgement to the reader, and does so in a masterly fashion.  This book has been well worth the wait.’




Rebecca Weaver’s Wanderlost is now published on Amazon, the engaging account of a young woman travelling for several months’ through Australia and the Far East, and her triumph over fears and various difficult situations.



Reader’s Copies for Writers

Reader’s Copies  – a special YouCaxton service for writers.

Reader’s copies are plain, white paperback books designed for circulation among friendly critics at an early stage. Critical readers can be an enormous benefit to authors because their feedback is likely to come from different perspectives – style, structure, story-line, grammar, continuity, factual accuracy – and once a book is in a bound, printed form it is far easier for them (and you) to view it objectively as a finished product.

What is a Reader’s Copy?

A reader’s copy is a pre-publication version of your book.
The purpose is to see your manuscript in book-format and to have the book criticised at an early stage by friends and colleagues who can give you constructive feedback.
The reader’s copy will also help you to consider some of the design aspects of your book such as book-size, number of pages, type-size, typeface and margins.
Reader’s copies can also be useful as low-cost, archive copies of texts that you choose not to bring to publication.
There are three standard sizes: 6 x 9 inches, 5.5 x 8.5 inches and 5.25 x 8 inches

How does it work?

1. Send us your manuscript in Word format.
2. We check it and let you know if we’re able to produce a Reader’s Copy from it.
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5. We produce a standard white cover, printed with your book-title, subtitle and author-name.
6. We produce as many copies as you need.
The whole process takes about three weeks.

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Preparation of print-ready files and printer-upload fee: £50
Note that if you subsequently decide to publish your book with YouCaxton,
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The cost of printing is 70p plus 1p per page

Example print cost for a book of 200 pages
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Add back cover Blurb – supplied by the Author: £15

Professional services

Layout and typesetting of interior: £175
Full cover design and layout: £175
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Copy-editing: £8 per 1000 words

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