Magic Oxygen Publishing was founded by two people who are passionate about many things; their families, local and global environments, amazing vegan food, sustainable lives and they share a common love of the written word.
Editor in Chief Simon West is a sustainable soul and a very proud downshifter who now embraces a short commute to his home office in Lyme Regis, Dorset.
He understands the constraints and pressures of the publishing industry in these volatile, modern times. With three decades of computer geekage under his belt, he has a firm finger on the pulse of emerging digital technologies and holds a full appreciation for paper copies too.
One of his many roles includes responsibility for all of the techno-elements involved in book creation. He has strong relationships with everyone involved in the production process, including the printers, distributors and many of bookshops too.
Simon pays attention to the individual needs and wants of his authors. He is a realist, pedantic, a pragmatic creative and a self-confessed geek, the net result of which means he provides an impeccable service that comes in on budget and on time. He is also an aspiring author and hopes to publish his first novel, Anvarin, before the end of 2016.
Author and Editor Tracey West is a very non-material girl and a passionate advocate for simple, green living. She also penned the best-selling Book of Rubbish Ideas back in 2008; now sold out but available as an e-book. Prior to that, she was a work at home mum of 3, a columnist, journalist, photographer and broadcaster on eco-matters, whose first article hit the news stands in 1995.
She has been a radio broadcaster for many years at Apple FM (Musgrove Park’s hospital radio, now community radio for Taunton) and has made countless appearances on various BBC stations talking predominantly about green issues. Tracey is also a Patron of the Women’s Action Network Dorset (the awareness and fundraising arm of the Women’s Refuge in Dorset) and regularly speaks out about women’s issues and domestic violence; she’s also a proud Trustee for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.
Tracey founded InterNational Downshifting Week back in 2006, a non-profit awareness campaign designed to help participants slow down, green up and get a better work life balance and encourages people to lean towards the things that make them tick – there is so much more to life than money…
She has penned a few forewords, edited several books, silently ghostwritten several bodies of work including for a celebrity health and beauty guru and been featured in other peoples literary works and she’ll be delighted to nurture your key message into engaging and gently flowing paragraphs, that will capture the interest of your target audience.
She regularly whoops Simon at Scrabble and gives eternal thanks to her mum for handing down her love and passion for words in all their glory.
Along with a small hand-picked team with exceptional graphic artistry, photography, editing and proofreading skills and more, this small but perfectly formed publishing house is becoming a force to be reckoned with, not least because they believe authors deserves far better revenue than the industry traditionally pays them and that they should have a far greater say when it comes to overall design.
They created it after all!
Magic Oxygen Publishing was founded with solid green ethics and is powered by creativity, optimism and sustainability. One of Tracey and Simon’s favourite stipulations is that staff and visitors are fuelled by organic, Fairtrade food and drinks, the office is powered by Ecotricity and that they plant trees for every new book published. Entries made to their Magic Oxygen Literary Prize and Mini-MOLP writing contests also have a tree planted for each entry. At the time of writing, the Word Forest in Kenya is eleven times the size of Wembley Stadium and it has also funded the building of a much needed new classroom at Kundeni Primary School in the same community, click here for an update that will make your heart smile.
Read their Environmental Policy for further details.