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.

Initially, we edited and proofread our authors’ books. We created their cover designs and formatted their books for print and digital editions.

For the first five years, we based our fees on our authors’ success. Everything we did, up-front, was free. On the honor system, we asked our authors to share 10% of the cover price (up to $1 per copy) for each printed book sold.

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

Usually, it was a fair deal for everyone. Sadly, one editor and one author saw ways to exploit our services. We ceased working with both of those people, immediately.

But, in most cases, our staff — which had grown over the years — and our authors enjoyed a happy working relationship. It was cooperation at its best.

As time progressed, indie authors had new tools to do the same kinds of services that we’d provided. The Hemingway app (free) could proofread and make editorial suggestions. Scrivener made writing, organizing, and publishing far easier. For indie authors ready to “go wide,” Draft2Digital emerged as a favorite among several good options.

In 2017, New Forest Books — reinvented — 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.

Through all these changes, we’ve maintained our original values.

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.


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), Dace Allen, Shannon Bowen, Fiona Broome, and Sarah Skye.

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 we applaud their successes. 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