Pentangle Press was instigated by author Carol Westron, who after recovering from a stroke decided she had spent enough time trying to get published through traditional methods. She suggested to writing colleagues that they start an imprint to publish their novels.
The publishing industry has changed significantly over the last ten to fifteen years, with the number of publishing houses dwindling and budgets tight. So the opportunities for new authors has shrunk to virtually nil. After near misses getting agents and publishing contracts, the group decided that with the options now available for self-publishing it was better to go ahead and publish as a co-operative than leave their manuscripts in a drawer unread.
Pentangle was born as a way of achieving this. As a group they had the expertise to create professional books that could compete with mainstream titles. Christine Hammacott is graphic designer who runs her own design consultancy. Having worked in publishing as a book designer she had the skills to create great covers and inside pages. Carol Westron and Wendy Metcalfe, both creative writing teachers, have fantastic editorial skills – one for overall plot continuity and the other as a line editor. Together they have successfully published a number of novels, created their own publicity material, websites and promoted each other’s work. And they still retain all the rights to their own books.
Carol writes both contemporary crime novels and Victorian murder mysteries, although recently she have been seduced into writing comedy crime, The Curse of the Concrete Griffin, which she is currently working on. Most of her crime novels are set in the south of England. The contemporary police procedurals are set in fictional, south coast towns, but Strangers and Angels, her first Victorian Murder Mystery, is set in a factual place,the naval town of Gosport.
Wendy Metcalfe trained as an English Solicitor (Attorney). She walked out of her last ‘day job’ a few years ago. She has an M.A. (Merit) in Creative Writing, and has taught creative writing for many years. Wendy’s interests range from DNA and epigenetics to cosmology, ecology, artificial intelligence, wildlife conservation, and art. She is passionate about big cats, especially cheetahs and lions. She likes to explore the big picture in her books, and examine the human use and misuse of technology and the natural world.
Christine Hammacott writes crime thriller novels and runs her own graphic design consultancy, The Art of Communication in Southampton, Hampshire. She has worked in publishing creating book jackets for fiction and non fiction.