top of page
Melissa Moshitto

FROM SUFFOLK TO THE STATES

09/05/23

Congratulations to playwright and Founding Artistic Director of The Anthropologists, Melissa Moschitto, on the publishing of her latest play, pictured here in the New York Public Library. We were honoured to work on this moving story of immigrant women in New York.

Director of Softwood Self-Publishing, Maddy Glenn, in London

LONDON BOOK FAIR 2023

19/04/23

Don't go looking for us at the London Book Fair this year - we're not there! However we're always available to talk to you about your book. Arrange your free 1-2-1 consultation today.

Softwood Self-Publishing, Stowmarket, Suffolk

CELEBRATING LOCAL SUFFOLK BUSINESS

26/03/23

What a great day we had at the Mid-Suffolk Business Exhibition! Lots of interesting chats with budding authors and fellow businesses. Remember, you can talk to us any day, not just at an event! Book your free publishing consultation below.

networking.jpg

SOFTWOOD CO-HOSTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

03/03/23

Along with our friends at West View IT, we were happy to welcome Stowmarket Chamber of Commerce to our offices for a spot of informal business networking over coffee. Lots of interesting connections made!

Screenshot 2023-03-08 09.56.58.png

NEW BOOK CELEBRATES #IWD2023

08/03/23

A new book by Dawn Jarvis has just been launched in time for this year's International Women's Day. It is a collection of real stories from real women who share the turning points that shaped their lives. Thank you, Dawn, for entrusting us with this fantastic book!

Maddy Glenn, Young Businesswoman of the Year

MADDY ANNOUNCED AS FINALIST FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

08/02/23

We are so excited for Maddy who has just been nominated as a finalist for the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Awards. She'll be attending the awards ceremony on March 17th where we wish her the very best of luck. It is a much deserved accolade and we're all very proud of her.

ChatGPT in publishing, with Softwood Self-Publishing and Maddy Glenn

HOW WILL A.I. AFFECT YOUR WRITING?

25/01/23

Heard of ChatGPT? If you haven't, you will soon. It's the brand new A.I. tool that is taking the world by storm. But is it something that poses a threat to writers or is it actually a useful tool? We had a LIVE discussion today with our friends at West View IT. Watch it again by tapping the link below.

IMG-20221212-WA0019.jpg

READ OUR CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER!

16/12/22

We've put together a few of our highlights from 2022 along with some features of just some of the excellent projects we've been working on. Tap the link below to have a read with over a glass of sherry and a carrot - no, wait, that's for Santa. Merry Christmas!

Through Autistic Eyes, Nicky Collins

TRUE STORIES FROM LATE DIAGNOSED AUTISTIC WOMEN

08/11/22

A fantastic new resource from autism coach, Nicky Collins, has been published that draws on true stories from ten women from around the world. This is an inspirational read for anyone looking for advice on how to live their life in their own way and we've enjoyed guiding it through the whole publishing process. Congratulations, Nicky!

Screenshot 2022-09-12 14.48.41.png

SOCIAL MEDIA IN TIME OF NATIONAL MOURNING

12/09/22

We were deeply saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II. We were subsequently asked by many of our clients on how they should use social media in the lead up to the funeral. Our thoughts and recommendations are here.

National Centre for Writing.jpg

AT THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR WRITING

08/12/22

Maddy spent another day with a team of writing practitioners from the East of England at the National Centre for Writing in Norwich. We're fortunate to have this resource so close to us and we're looking forward to developing our links with them in 2023.

IMG-20220727-WA0009.jpg

SOFTWOOD SHOWCASE SUCCESS

28/07/22

What a fantastic we enjoyed at the Market Cross in Bury St Edmunds, where 5 proudly independent authors spoke about their writing journeys in front of a supportive audience. It was also the launch of Maddy's new book! Click the link to find out more.

Self-published children's picture book

NEW BOOK RAISES AWARENESS OF PLIGHT OF KOALAS

14/07/22

We've been privileged to help produce a new picture book by children's authors, Harry & Margaret Elson, that will be sold to raise money for koala rescue in Australia. Follow the adventures of Pocket & Patch on their Instagram!

Market Cross 2.jpg

ANNOUNCING SOFTWOOD WRITERS SHOWCASE

07/06/22

We're delighted to be bringing our inaugural Writers Showcase to Bury St Edmunds on July 27th at 7pm. Come and join 5 fabulous local female authors as they talk about their writing and their self-publishing journey. In aid of Suffolk Libraries.

nml sign.jpg

BOOK NOW FOR OUR CREATIVE WRITING COURSES!

03/05/22

Places are being booked up for our new series of creative writing and self-publishing courses which start on May 17th! Find more information by visiting our website, where you can also book your place. 

Bury2.jpg

SELF-PUBLISHING SUPPORT IN BURY ST EDMUNDS

06/04/22

We were really pleased to find so many Suffolk authors represented at The Market Cross in Bury this week, including our very own MJ Glenn! It's a beautiful place to read and eat cake. Go enjoy!

Screenshot 2022-03-07 12.07.25.png

ATLANTA WRITERS CLUB, GEORGIA, USA

07/03/22

Over 60 authors from around the world gathered on March 5th for our self-publishing workshop in preparation for Atlanta Writers Club inaugural self-publishing conference in April. We loved meeting you all!

IMG_4272.jpg

A BUSY OFFICE IS A HAPPY OFFICE

17/02/22

It's been a particularly busy few weeks at Softwood HQ, and we were delighted to have Lizzie, our intern, able to be working alongside us in person instead of on Zoom! We've also suffered from some staff absence due to illness, but all are on the mend now.

Screenshot 2022-01-08 14.42.24.png

LOCAL WRITERS APPEAR ON BBC RADIO SUFFOLK

11/01/22

If you're looking for local tales by local writers, tune into BBC Radio Suffolk on January 11th for 'Transformation Myths' at 6pm (available afterwards on BBC Sounds), featuring our very own Maddy Glenn.

Children's book about trees

CHILDREN'S BOOK GETS BBC RADIO 1 MENTION

08/11/21

Congratulations to our client, Esme, for appearing on BBC Radio 1's 'Minute of Me' talking about her environmental children's book, Through the Eyes of a Tree. Available now on Etsy!

BBC Radio Suffolk.jpg

SOFTWOOD ON BBC RADIO SUFFOLK ON APRIL 20th

19/04/22

At 4pm on Wednesday 20th April, Lesley Dolphin will be in conversation with Maddy Glenn, discussing all things self-publishing and our new creative writing workshops in Needham Market's library.

GBF_Logo_WhiteBG.jpg

SELF-PUBLISHING WORKSHOPS IN SURREY

8/9/21

Tickets are now on sale for our 2-hr workshop via Zoom, hosted by Guildford Book Festival. 

Click the link to find out what else they have going on in our former home-town!

lh.jpg

INTRODUCING OUR INTERN!

21/7/21

We're delighted to welcome Lizzie to our team. Lizzie is an English graduate and is currently working towards her MA. She is particularly interested in historical, Victorian and children’s literature. 

Hello!
Screenshot 2021-06-30 15.47.08.png

FREE PUBLISHING ADVICE

1/7/21

We'll be at The Mix in Stowmarket, Suffolk, this Sunday morning. Come say hello to the team from 10am till 1.30pm.

IMG-20210610-WA0005.jpg

CELEBRATING #PRIDEMONTH

10/6/21

We're really enjoying working on and promoting some amazing manuscripts by our LGBTQ+ clients this month!

pexels-pixabay-207891.jpg

NEW: PICTURE BOOKS

1/6/21

We're delighted to be now able to offer short runs of colour paperbacks suitable for children's picture books!

beautiful_open_full%2Bcover_edited.jpg

SELF-PUBLISHING TIPS

25/5/21

Read our interview with Emma Jacobs on what steps to take when starting out self-publishing.

RoundandAbout1.jpg

HITTING THE HEADLINES

2/2/21

We're delighted to be featured in Surrey's latest edition of the Round and About magazine.

Screenshot%202021-01-14%2013.06_edited.j

HITTING THE HEADLINES

13/1/21

Thank you to the Guildford Dragon for featuring our CEO's brand new novel!

55882234._SY475_.jpg

NEW PIRATE SERIES

1/8/20

Check out this brand new series entitled 'The Immortal Pirates', by C.R. Pugh. So happy to have been involved with this!

Self-publishing books magazine

SOFTWOOD; STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD

26/04/23

We're thrilled to have been recognized by Double The Books magazine as a standout publishing business in their most recent edition! Take a read of our interview by tapping the link below.

British Pound Coins

INDEPENDENT AUTHORS EARN MORE!

18/04/23

New research by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) claims authors who self-publish currently earn more than traditionally published authors. Interesting, huh? Read the article below.

FSB East of England Awards, Softwood Self-Publishing

MADDY'S SUCCESS CELEBRATED AT AWARDS

20/03/23

Softwood recently joined businesses from across the East of England at the FSB Awards, celebrating individual and company success. Huge congratulations to our Maddy for being a proud finalist for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year!

Softwood Self-Publishing, WINNER 'Self-Publishing Specialists of the Year, London and the South-East

OOPS, WE DID IT AGAIN! SOFTWOOD SCOOPES UK PUBLISHING AWARD

02/03/23

We're delighted to announce on #WorldBookDay2023 that we've been named 'Self-Publishing Specialists of the Year' in London and the South-East for a second year running!

Holding a Book

CAN YOU SELL YOUR BOOK THROUGH BOOKSHOP.ORG?

14/02/23

Bookshop.org launched in late 2020 but how accessible is it for authors and how exactly does it work? This excellent article by Ben Hardman is worth a read if you want to find out more!

Combat2Coffee.jpg

IT'S OFFICIAL; COMBAT2COFFEE MAKE THE BEST BREW!

05/02/23

Wharfside House recently hosted Stowmarket's Chamber of Commerce morning networking, with fabulous coffee supplied by Combat2Coffee. Nigel and his team do a great job in supporting veterans through his venture  - you can find out more information by clicking the tab below.

Vegan self-published book, Softwood Self-Publishing

ARE YOU DOING VEGANUARY?

20/01/23

Whether you are new to veganism or not, Sadie Jade's new 'Vegan Lifestyle Journal' is the complete interactive guide to living an ethical and sustainable life, (beautifully designed and printed by Softwood!). Pictured above are Maddy and Sadie at its launch.

Softwood Christmas Tree.jpg

SOFTWOOD'S CHRISTMAS TREE

24/11/22

If you're passing Stowmarket Library before January 3rd, pop in to see the Softwood Self-Publishing Christmas Tree! We're really excited to be a part of the town's Christmas Tree Festival and you might just recognise some of the 50 handmade decorations on our tree...

Dawn Jarvis, Leading Corporate Clans

ABORIGINAL ART AND ANCIENT WISDOM INSPIRES NEW BOOK

26/10/22

When leadership coach, Dawn Jarvis, met indigenous artist, Munu Wuthuga Dardakiin, she knew she'd found the perfect way of illustrating her new leadership model. Based on the concept of leadership through ancient wisdom, we're delighted to have seen Dawn's book through the publishing journey.

bbc.jpg

WHEN IS A BESTSELLER NOT A BESTSELLER?

07/09/22

Maddy was talking again on BBC Radio Suffolk on Monday, this time responding to the news article that shone a light on various marketing practices surrounding that shelf marked 'bestsellers'. Take a listen here and all will be revealed!

20220816_171746.jpg

SOFTWOOD IS MOVING TO STOWMARKET!

14/08/22

From August 22nd, Softwood will be working from a brand new office close to the train station in Stowmarket. Fun fact, the Queen has twice visited Stowmarket, most recently in 2002 for her Golden Jubilee!

Screenshot 2022-06-27 11.22.42.png

MADDY TO APPEAR AT PRIMADONNA FESTIVAL 2022

27/06/22

We're delighted that Maddy Glenn will be offering a self-publishing surgery at the forthcoming PrimaDonna Festival in Stowmarket in July. A steller line-up of guests are promised at this year's festival including Kit de Waal, Joanne Harris, and La Roux. Get your tickets by following this link!

image005.jpg

SOFTWOOD CELEBRATES BUSINESS AWARD

23/06/22

Softwood is thrilled to announce we have been awarded 'Self-Publishing Specialists of the Year' in London and the South East 2022! This is an incredibly exciting accolade from the Prestige Awards and we look forward to sharing more news with you next month!

pexels-pixabay-163084.jpg

SOFTWOOD RESPONDS TO BBC RADIO MONEY BOX

25/06/22

BBC Radio recently broadcast an interesting discussion on the pros and cons of self-publishing. It was great to hear this coverage and Maddy has written an article responding to the issues raised. Tap the link to hear the programme again and to read her response.

Maddy Glenn, fantasy author

NEW FANTASY READ FROM MADDY GLENN

06/06/22

Softwood director, Maddy Glenn today reveals the cover design of her next installment in the Dwelling Hunter series, In the Dark, which is due to be released at a special event in July. More details soon!

20220322_102315.jpg

NEW CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR SUFFOLK IN MAY

24/03/22

Softwood is excited to announce the dates for our new creative writing and self-publishing workshops. They'll take place in the beautiful new library in our home town of Needham Market!

Screenshot 2022-03-02 11.15.28.png

ANOTHER 5-STAR REVIEW ON GOOGLE

02/03/22

We love our clients! Feedback is really important to us and it's particularly lovely when we get a great review on Google. Tap the button below to read our latest feedback.

tiktok-logo.jpg

FOLLOW US ON TIKTOK!

02/02/22

Yes, we've joined #booktok! Give us a follow on @swspublishing and see a bit more of what we do behind the scenes. We'll also be highlighting some of the fantastic self-published authors who we work with. Not on TikTok yet? Be warned, you'll be hooked!

20220106_113135.jpg

ARE YOU RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY?

06/01/22

With today's release of the UK 1921 census, you might be inspired to write up your family's history into a book. If you want to find out more about self-publishing, request your free Zoom publishing consultation today!

video clip.png

BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT APPLEDORE BOOK FESTIVAL

15/10/21

We had a fabulous time leading creative writing and self-publishing workshops at the Appledore Book Festival, we thought you'd like to see some behind-the-scenes of our trip to Devon!

Screenshot 2021-07-29 16.23.01.png

NEW DATE FOR DEVON WORKSHOPS

21/09/21

Due to reasons beyond our control, our self-publishing and creative writing workshops at Appledore Book Festival will now take place on October 13th, 10am-11am, 11.45am- 2.45pm. We're looking forward to seeing you then!

Screenshot 2021-08-16 13.23.32.png

CATCH OUR DIRECTOR ON BBC RADIO 

16/8/21

Tune into BBC Radio Suffolk to hear our Director, Maddy, discuss her latest book and all things self-publishing with Jon Wright.

Click the link below to listen again to 'The 8pm Club'.

5yrs.jpg

IT'S OUR 5TH BIRTHDAY!

20/7/21

We're celebrating 5 years of supporting and promoting self-published authors in the UK, USA, and the world!

Screenshot 2021-06-20 22.43.54.png

#SUFFOLKDAY

22/6/21

How did you celebrate #SuffolkDay? We enjoyed connecting with more local businesses as we settle into our new county!

20210522_133646.jpg

MEET US IN SUFFOLK

8/6/21

Meet us in person at the Stowmarket Craft Market at The Mix (IP14 1BB) on July 4th, from 10am - 1.30pm.

Screenshot 2021-05-13 16.53.27.png

WORKSHOP

June 13th via Zoom

Join us at Essex Book Festival for an interactive workshop exploring self-editing and the benefits of self-publishing. 

Suffolk.jpg

HELLO SUFFOLK!

26/4/21

Our Ipswich office is now up and running, ready to provide continued excellent customer service for our global network of clients.

Screenshot 2021-01-22 23.12.30.png

NEW WRITERS PODCAST

22/1/21

Subscribe to this brand new podcast that discusses all things creative writing and self-publishing.

Screenshot 2021-03-30 15.25.10.png

SUPPORTING INDIE AUTHORS

4/1/21

Self-published authors can now upload their book's details for free promotion on our library page!

Self-published children's picture book

FROM SUFFOLK TO SOUTH AFRICA

24/04/23

The author of this fantastic children's picture book (which we helped through the self-publishing journey) has sent us this picture of Mandla meeting lions in Kruger National Park. How cool is that?!

FtCBbUFWwAIEL70.jpg

EASTER HOURS

06/04/23

Our office is closed over the long Easter weekend and will re-open on Tuesday 11th April. In the meantime, we wish you all an egg-cellent Easter!

20230301_141704.jpg

YOUNG CANCER SURVIVOR LAUNCHES HIS BOOK

04/03/23

Suffolk-born Jake Andrade was diagnosed with leukaemia in his early teens and kept a journal of his treatment and subsequent road to recovery. We've been privileged to support Jake through his publishing journey and his book that tells his remarkable story is now launched! 

Screenshot 2023-03-02 08.29.09.png

THE IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING

02/03/23

Maddy was a guest on the ChatBox Business Breakfast Show this morning, discussing how networking has benefited not only her business, but her confidence. There were some great discussion points- take a watch in the link below!

Maddy Glenn of Softwood Self-Publishing, Suffolk

YOU ARE YOUR BRAND. AUTHOR MARKETING FOCUS

16/02/23

It's always good to hear from others that you're doing 'the right thing'. Maddy and Nathan recently attended the University of Suffolk to hear current thoughts and trends on marketing, from which our clients are already benefitting from!

20230128_201823.jpg

SOFTWOOD SUPPORTS IPSWICH HOSPITAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

30/01/23

Held at Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Saturday's charity fundraising dinner was hosted by Babergh Council Chairman, Councillor Kathryn Grandon. We were proud to donate a lovely bundle of books to the raffle, raising money for our local hospital's Blossom Appeal.

Maddy Glenn, Softwood Self-Publishing, on Suffolk radio

SPREADING SELF-PUBLISHING KNOWLEDGE

09/01/23

With listeners across the UK and USA, Maddy spent last Friday afternoon as a guest on Felixstowe Radio where she talked about her personal journey as an author and her passion for encouraging and enabling authors to self-publish.

Softwood Self-Publishing, self-published books

CELEBRATING #INDIEWEEK

21/11/22

If you're looking to start your Christmas shopping by supporting independent authors, creatives, and businesses, search out the hashtag #JACIndieWeek, run by the excellent folk at Just A Card. Tap the link below or search our library page for our suggestions!

District Council Awards 2022.jpg

SOFTWOOD SHORTLISTED FOR INNOVATION AWARD

20/10/22

We were thrilled to be a finalist for the Shooting Star award at this year's Mid Suffolk & Babergh District Council's Innovation Awards. Congratulations to all our fellow finalists, including our neighbours, West View IT. 

WritersArtistYearBook.jpg

NEW EDITION OF THE WRITERS' & ARTISTS' YEARBOOK

25/08/22

If you're about to embark on a journey through publishing your book, this fantastic volume is a valuable resource, and for the first time, Softwood is listed! Turn to page 645 for more information...

Maddy Glenn, PrimaDonna Festival

WE TALK ALL THINGS SELF-PUBLISHING AT PRIMADONNA

01/08/22

Our first ever workshop at the beautiful PrimaDonna Festival took place on the last day of July, to a packed audience! It was great to hear everyone's writing journeys so far and to be able to suggest routes to publishing and marketing that could work for them. Control is the buzzword!

PrestigeAward.jpg

"SOFTWOOD'S ENTHUSIASM AND DRIVE IS INSPIRATIONAL"

16/08/22

We were delighted to recently attend the Prestige Awards ceremony in London where we received our trophy for Self-Publishing Specialists of the Year, London & the South-East! It was great to have our former intern, Lizzie, with us to share our success. Onwards and upwards!

Past Origins Pullen_Game.png

NEW BOOK EXPLORES TRUE STORIES FROM EAST ANGLIA

16/06/22

Congratulations to genealogist, Abi Pullen-Game on publishing her fascinating volume of true stories from the distant and not so distant history of East Anglia. It's been a pleasure to work on this fascinating and important book.