What we hope to achieve
Our aims are twofold.
Firstly, we want to establish ourselves as a successful and independent publisher for children's, young adult and crossover fiction and to build a small stable of non- fiction authors. We are based in Manchester and are proud to be building a thriving business here, in the capital of the north-west of England!
We want to publish new, exciting fiction and are interested in working with writers who can blend character, plot and place but also, importantly, voice. We like fantasy, action and adventure, contemporary and historical fiction. We are interested in finding stories with authentic characters; those who are dealing with the wide range of issues and circumstances facing children and young people today, even if the setting is in the past. We want the novels we publish to be unputdownable, engaging and sizzling with excitement. We want novels that are thought-provoking and questioning and stretching in nature and intent - but always novels that are written with a fresh eye and a dose of courage.
Secondly, we want to provide a brand new space for fiction as therapy.
We are planning a digital space where readers, authors, creators, gamers, therapy and health seekers can come together to discuss fiction, play games and create their own writing as a means to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing.
Stories are powerful things. They change lives. They transport us to a different world and introduce us to new characters. Often these characters are the kinds of people we think we might never come across in our waking day-to-day life. But they and the places they live in can teach us something about ourselves - something that we may not have realised before we read the story. This is because, in truth, through stories, we find a piece of ourselves. Through stories, we are able to see who and what we could become. The most powerful and long-lasting lessons happen when we are taught them through the art of storytelling.
ZunTold will be a place where stories begin. Our mission is to change the world with words.