On this page you will find information about Independent Publishers in the West Midlands region and a couple from further afield.
If your press would like to be featured on this page please email caroline[at]writingwestmidlands.org with details.
Nine Arches Press
Nine Arches emerged from an awareness of the local literary landscape and the importance of providing a platform for new and emerging poets. In early May 2008, having just set up their magazine, Under the Radar, they soon found that their ideas were quickly demanding more and more space to lay down their roots. They moved into publishing pamphlets by October of that year, and by the following year they had brought out their first two full-length poetry collections.
Since 2008, Nine Arches have continued to build the press onwards and upwards. They publish poetry pamphlets and books, as well as short story pamphlets and Under the Radar magazine. As of summer 2011, they will have published 28 separate publications. In 2010, two of their pamphlets (The Terrors by Tom Chivers and The Titanic Cafe closes its doors and hits the rocks) were shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet prize. Mark Goodwin’s book Shod has also been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award. Nine Arches Press were also part of the Libraries Development Initiative Project- Literature on Your Doorstep.
Flarestack Poets’ first pamphlet competition in 2008 led to the publication of Advice On Wearing Animal Prints by Selima Hill and Wake by Cliff Forshaw which were both extremely successful, Advice On Wearing Animal Prints going on to win the Michael Marks Award for pamphlet of the year. Two short-listed poets, Laura Seymour and Caleb Klaces, saw their subsequent collections published by Flarestack Poets.
Flarestack Poets has achieved a formidable reputation for publishing poetry that is exciting, innovative and engaging, from authors such as Mario Petrucci, Alasdair Paterson and Claire Crowther. Flarestack Poets is respected for high production values and distinctive design. Flarestack Poets were also part of the Libraries Development Initiative Project- Literature on Your Doorstep.
Offa’s Press is dedicated to publishing and promoting the best in contemporary West Midland poetry and poets. It will do this through a series of publications and performances where the watchword will be ‘good on the page and good on stage’.
Offa’s Press is eclectic in range. It receives some development funding from Arts Council England and is run as a co-operative by a number of regional writers and poets with Simon Fletcher the Editor/Manager. Offa’s Press were also part of the Libraries Development Initiative Project- Literature on Your Doorstep.
Silouette Press is a social-enterprise publisher which wants to find, develop and publish new writers, artists and publishing people. They are driven by passion, determination and quality – not profit.
Five Seasons Press
Six years after its last independent publishing activities, and eight years after the closing of its last fine-edition letterpress office, Five Seasons resumed its role as publisher of individually-designed books of poetry, graphics, essays and translation.
Recent titles have included remarkable and substantial new collections from Clare Holtham, Paul Matthews, Alan Halsey, Paul Merchant, Gavin Selerie and David Hart, plus broadsides by Andrew Brewerton, Geraldine Monk and Allen Fisher.
Established in 2010, Bamboccioni Books is a small and independent publisher that specialises in high quality fiction. They aim to promote new and diverse writers. Authors include: Peter Aitken, Claire Bagnall, Chloe Banks, Caroline Cooks, Ali George, Derek Thompson and Warren Thorpe.
Foxwell Press is a Birmingham-based publisher of books and eBooks run by Fiona Joseph. Set up in 2011, initially to self-publish her own book – a historical biography of one of the Cadbury women. Beatrice is about the attempt of Richard Cadbury’s daughter to ‘give back’ her inherited fortune to the Bournville workers, in spite of family opposition. Beatrice was longlisted for the Rubery Book Award.
Foxwell Press have also published books by other writers including No Mean Affair by Bewdley writer and Birmingham City University graduate, Robert Ronsson, in October 2012. Their mission is to surprise and entertain their readers by uncovering hidden stories from the past and crafting each one into a spellbinding narrative. Historical stories that are edgy, perhaps controversial, and which resonate with how we live today. Foxwell Press were also part of the Libraries Development Initiative Project- Literature on Your Doorstep. www.facebook.com/FoxwellPress
Transforming Cities is an independent publishing house and consultancy based in Birmingham, UK, established by Nick Corbett in 2011. Books from Transforming Cities are a celebration of people and places. Nick Corbett’s first book, Revival in the Square, is a collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects. It has sold around the world. New titles from Transforming Cities include Corbett’s own critically acclaimed novel, Arden, which follows the intertwined lives of five friends from Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden. The prequel, Palace of Pugin, is set in Victorian England and reveals the human drama behind the rebuilding of Parliament.
Transforming Cities publishes authors from Birmingham and beyond. www.transformingcities.co.uk
Fair Acre Press
Fair Acre Press is based in Shropshire. It was set up in 2011 by Nadia Kingsley – initially to publish a poetry and art book which has 67 contributors including Gillian Clarke, Mario Petrucci and Roger Garfitt. Nadia believes in books as works of art and hopes you will reach for them over and over. www.fairacrepress.co.uk
Verse Publishing was created out of a desire to see new writers and new voices get published. They put together regular short story collections covering all manner of genres, as well as welcoming submissions of any and all genres. 2013 will see them expanding their authors as well as putting on their first Literary Festival! http://versepublishing.com/
YouCaxton Publications is an independent publisher of high-quality memoir, biography, local history and other non-fiction genres. As a publisher with YouCaxton, you control the process and the design, but they guide you through the process personally. Make use of our sophisticated on-line system for project management, sales-monitoring and accounts. This system allows those with little or no technical knowledge to make full use of the latest print, e-book and on-line publishing technologies. When your book is ready, you order as many copies as you choose as often as you choose and it will also become available through Amazon and other major distributors. www.youcaxton.co.uk/
Boo Books is a new small press, originating in Derby and run by Alex Davis. They will be looking to promote new writing talent alongside established names and work on collaborative projects within the local area. http://boobooks.net/
DieGo Comics Publishing has one goal: to introduce Italy’s treasure chest of fantasy, science-fiction and steampunk graphic novels and literature to an international audience. DieGo translates, adapts and introduces new and existing Italian stories into English for the first time, to be enjoyed by the world over! DieGo was founded by the family team of Giuseppe and Marcella Pennestri, who brought their love, experience and knowledge of comic production to London from their native Italy. www.diegopublishing.co.uk
The Alchemy Press
The Alchemy Press is based in the West Midlands but has tendrils spreading across the country – indeed, across the world. Founded in the late 1990s publishing a range of fantasy and horror anthologies and collections, including award-winning (Where the Bodies are Buried by Kim Newman) and award-nominated (Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins) titles. They continue to produce affordable books in both print and eBook formats to suit the fantasy connoisseur’s reading tastes. www.alchemypress.co.uk
Cinnamon Press is a small, independent publisher run by a family team and based in North Wales. They select books that they feel passionate about and concentrate on a small list of titles into which they put maximum effort at every stage of development. Cinnamon is an innovative publisher, publishing fiction, poetry and selective non fiction books. Cinnamon Press books are not defined by genre, but by their unique ability to be thought provoking and to say something new.
Ayebia Press are bespoke publishers specialising in quality African and Caribbean writing. They aim to be the first port of call for established and budding writers who require a publisher who has an affinity with and an understanding of where they are coming from. They can offer their knowledge, expertise and nurturing to writers who wish to reach a wider international audience.
Ayebia’s mission is to publish books that will open new spaces and bring fresh insights into African and Caribbean life, culture and literature in a way that will enlighten, stimulate and entertain. Their goal is to give voice to new and diverse creative talent. Their books target all readers who are interested in exploring quality literature from another perspective. Books are also aimed at schools, colleges and the university market with a view to getting their books onto curriculum reading lists in Africa, Europe, USA and the rest of the world.