Nightingale Editions: an imprint of Blackbird Digital Books

We are delighted to announce the launch of Nightingale Editions, a brand new imprint of Blackbird Digital Books, a growing and innovative independent publisher. 

Our launch title, Sara Bailey's haunting and lyrical novel Dark Water, is now available here for pre-order on Amazon.

A psychologically intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession. 

Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun, Winner of the 2016 Wainwright Prize writes:

"I couldn't help but be fascinated by this book. It uses the Orkney setting beautifully, and the islands are intertwined with the story of a woman facing the past she'd evaded for years: both in the clarity of the light and the roughness of the sea. It uses suspense and structure with skill... The final scene was brilliantly described. Suspense, sex and selkie girls: irresistable!" 

Sara Bailey's notebook, inscribed by JK Rowling

Sara Bailey's notebook, inscribed by JK Rowling

This coming-of-age novel, set in the beautiful Orkney Islands had a wonderfully auspicious start to life when Sara Bailey had an unexpected encounter with JK Rowling in the setting of Orkney Library. Sara Bailey writes about her meeting with JK Rowling and describes their quiet exchange when she revealed her book deal with Nightingale. Rowling asked:

"Do they know you're a writer? You must tell them?" I hushed her and went even redder. This is Orkney, we don't shout out things like that in public. She signed the notebook and wished me lots of luck.

Read the full story of what happened that day in Orkney Library here.

Find out more about Nightingale and what we stand for in publishing here.


Find out about our launch novel Dark Water