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Writing – How it all began

Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if there were no ways to write things down? No books. No kindle readers. No way to preserve the vast literature, history, culture and languages of this world. Nothing with anything written on them! You communicate only verbally, memorize every necessary information because you don't know how to write, in fact, you have never heard of it. No reading or writing — no concept of a place called school. No money around because how do you represent numbers? No signboards anywhere. It won't be chaos, because we would have still survived in a world like that, like our ancient people did. But imagine the inconvenience the sheer lack of writing...

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Who are you?

Once upon a time, there lived a little girl in a small, desolated valley. She had a beautiful cottage in the woods, the huge windows of the cottage gave a rather magnificent view of what lay around her. The valley was unlike any you may have ever known. A beautiful stream flew through it with plenty of fishes swimming by, the jungle that surrounded the valley was so thick there was no way of penetrating through it. You may think the little girl was sad, but she wasn't. She had friends in the valley, there were dogs, cats, rabbits and deer, little cuckoos that sung through the day, sparrows that chirped endlessly, squirrels that came down the trees and ran...

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Know your publishing – A writer’s guide into the world of book publishing

I remember when I had completed writing my book. Two hundred pages of awesomeness, I had told myself. Finding a publisher won't take long for a book like this, I am sure. How I hate to admit how wrong I was. Writing a book is only the first step to the many, many more that follow, the second of which is finding the right publisher. I looked up a bunch of publishing houses online and promptly sent them an email, attaching carefully every single file they had asked for in their submission guidelines. Within a week, I received emails from at least half a dozen publishers, who were interested in taking my book in and turning it around into a shiny,...

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MageQuill

MageQuill is Bombadil's new literacy tool, due out in the autumn. It is the place for young people to meet other writers, the place to write, meet up and discuss their stories with peers and mentors, develop characters, interact with the language, roll-play and when not writing, get access to an amazing library of quality books written by other young writers. MageQuill is as much an educational tool, as it is a library and a platform for the creative, the individual and those on a mission to share their thoughts and ideas with the world. The best stories created in MageQuill will become ebooks, and a specially adapted peer-review system will then select the best of the best, the books...

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Creativity flowing through the lochs

The move took an unexpectedly long time but along with spring is coming abundance of energy and new work as our Bombadil team is working at bringing our many new titles by very talented young authors. Some books have been ready for a while, and can now finally be released. We believe that these beautiful and awe-inspiring surroundings are perfect for our equally inspiring and fascinating quality books. As you can see from this picture, our location is difficult to match - the same as the new books soon to be published. We will be inviting you to read new books by authors in Scotland, England, the US, South Africa, Sweden and India, to mention but a few. Our author...

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Where is Bombadil Publishing?

A wonderful illustrator, Peter John Herron, has created an illustration to where we are in the form of a map of Scotland, with Dornie clearly marked, and a further map of Dornie showing where we are. Dornie is not very big, so we could be found without a map, but the illustration is beautiful and welcoming. Thank you Peter John Herron for your wonderful map.  

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Upcoming online collaboration platform

Bombadil Publishing frequenters know what our core is all about: helping young people write, without blocking creativity. And many know how we do that: by guiding the creative process through mentors rather than editors. Unlike in the case of traditional editors these mentors are not Bombadil employees nor is their primary goal commercial success. This approach has proven to be successful; over the past few years over sixty books written by young people have been published by Bombadil, and many more manuscripts are in the making but haven't reached the publishing stage yet. However, the process also requires a lot of manual input from the side of the authors, mentors, and Bombadil Publishing, due to the fact that many tasks,...

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Labels4Kids short story contest results

A while ago Bombadil Publishing together with Labels4Kids organized a short story writing contest themed “The label that saved the world”. Seven contestants have submitted their stories, and the jury has selected the winners of the contest. The winners have already been informed, and now we're ready to share this good news with the world. The third place goes to Ragnarök Contingency, by William Cureton. William wins a Bombadil T-shirt. The second place goes to The Mermaid, by Amanda Schultz. Amanda wins a Bombadil Hoodie and a Labels4kids Vinyl Starter pack. And the first place goes to The super hero, the villain and the LABEL, by Gemma McPherson. As first place prize Gemma's story will be turned into a short...

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