About

New Forest Books an indie author co-op managed by Joe & Mary Fabella.

We’re proud to be innovators in alternative and indie publishing.

Our history

In 2009, New Forest Books began as a project of author and artist Eibhlin MacIntosh.

What started as a two-person business – Eibhlin and her husband – quickly grew to include editors, cover designers, and more.

New Forest Books soon became a full-fledged publishing house.

From the very beginning , we edited and proofread our authors’ books. We created their cover designs and formatted their books for print and digital editions. And, in some cases, we

For the first five years, we based our fees on our authors’ success. We charged 10% of the cover price (or $1 per copy) for each printed book sold.

If our authors didn’t earn money, we didn’t earn money.

As indie publishing became simpler, so did our business model. Our fees changed, and so did our services. We abandoned contracts and started working with our authors on a more individual basis.

In 2017, New Forest Books blossomed with a new management team, Joe and Mary Fabella.

Today, Joe runs New Forest Books and supervises a team that designs our book covers and formats our books.

Joe’s partner, Mary, supervises editing and outsourcing.

Jane Christmas assists the Fabellas, and manages New Forest Books’ marketing.

We’ve maintained our original values, and consider ourselves part indie author co-op, part publishing house.

We work with a limited number of authors and illustrators, by invitation only.

What we do:

  • Brainstorm book ideas.
  • Encourage our authors with monthly online roundtables.
  • Proofread and edit final drafts.
  • Design book covers or outsource them, as needed.
  • Talk new authors through the indie publishing process.
  • Provide marketing advice, and assistance when requested.

FAQs

Where does the name “New Forest Books” come from?

New Forest is one of our favorite areas in southwest England, and a national park.  As environmentalists, we like New Forest Books’ dual reference to the trees saved by publishing digital books.

Are you looking for new authors?

Not at this time.

If you’re ready to be published and need formatting help, we recommend Draft2Digital.com. They’ll work with you on a commission basis — no up-front fees —  and submit your books to a variety of worldwide outlets.  They’re a well-respected alternative to services like ours.

What other authors have you published?

Our early authors included founder Eibhlin MacIntosh (aka artist Aisling D’Art), Sarah Skye, Dace Allen, and Fiona Broome.

Since then, we’ve published books by many other authors. Some are still active with New Forest Books.

Others have branched out as indies, and a couple started their own imprints. They include photographer Steve Wells, ghost excavator John Sabol, medium Lesley Marden, and fine artist Marcus McAllister.  We were honored to work with them early in their publishing careers, and value their continued friendships.


In addition, Joe and Mary manage their own author services. That’s separate from New  Forest Books, for authors who want a more concierge service.

To contact the Fabellas about their services, write to them at FabellaPublishing@NewForestBooks.com