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. 

Nightingale launches with our debut author Sara Bailey's haunting and lyrical novel Dark Water, a psychologically intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession. 

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's notebook, inscribed by JK Rowling

Sara Bailey's notebook, inscribed by JK Rowling

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