Published April 9th 2021
A series of personal, curated interviews with the best of the UK’s Small Presses. In Conversation with… opens a dialogue with fiction, non-fiction and poetry specialists, to provide a window into what really goes into the decision-making process behind creative writing submissions.
From advice on taking your manuscript to publication, marketing for authors and publishers, and a look at contracts, the publishers who participated in this series wish to demystify the publishing process for budding and established authors alike.
Whether you are new to writing or whether you are looking for a fresh take on the submissions process, In Conversation with… offers tailored advice from industry experts to strengthen your chances of finding the right home for your work.
"In Conversation With…Small Press Publishers edited by Isabelle Kenyon and Dr Charley Barnes is one of those rare and remarkable publications that writers always wish existed. Now, thanks to the dedicated work of Fly on the Wall Press and Sabotage Reviews, it delightfully does. This book contains a wealth of practical tips for submitting your writing, interspersed with personal interviews that ask the questions you always wanted to ask. There’s invaluable inside information for young writers, as well as an invigorating reminder of good and bad habits for more seasoned submitters.
Like all good creative writing, it weaves together its insights into a tight bundle, always with its reader firmly in mind. Its experienced editors provide detailed commentary on all aspects of the submission process and beyond and it showcases feature publications that exemplify the work of some of the most exciting and adventurous small press publishers operating in the UK today.
Fly on the Wall Press and Sabotage Reviews have created a resource that will no doubt be checked and double checked by writers of all shapes and sizes in that nerve inducing run up to submission. Readers will find compassionate and generous advice that seeks to cherish and to celebrate the writing community. If there’s two things you can do that will help you get your work out into the world, the first is to get writing, the second is to get yourself a copy of In Conversation With…Small Press Publishers!" -Dr. Jack McGowan, Head of Department of English, Media & Culture, University of Worcester
404 Ink * Orenda Press * Louise Walters Books* Palewell Press * Point Positive Press * Wild Pressed Books * Big White Shed * Arachne Press * V Press * Bloodhound Books * Prototype * Stairwell Books * Ellipsis Imprint * Dempsey and Windle Interview * Holland Park * Renard Press * Patrician Press * Victorina Press * Epoque Press * Verve Poetry Press * Marble Poetry * Hobeck Books * Cipher Press * Hashtag Press * Inkandescent Press * Hajar Press * Onwe Press * Salo Press * Selcouth Station
Sample from 'Author Marketing':
As well as social media and an author website, an engaged publisher may suggest that you use your existing contacts within the writing community to gain reviews or interviews for your book. Authors come with their own contacts and these can be just as valuable as a publisher’s pool of contacts. For example, you may know a friend with a popular book blog who you could ask for an interview, or you might be able to write a blog post for them about the process of writing your book. If you have time to assist your publisher in contacting local radio stations and newspapers, a collaborative approach to book marketing and gaining media/online attention can be truly effective. I always say to my marketing clients that
book marketing only works on the 5th ‘touch’ – if a customer listens to your radio interview, reads a blog review, sees a social media graphic, watches a YouTube live reading and sees a local newspaper article, they will then be persuaded of the quality of your work enough to buy it!