Heroic Books

Heroic

Heroic

Heroic books is a publisher of Fantasy ficton, combining great stories with wonderful images. They represent writers and illustrators in a tradition manner and in other innovative ways.

Website: ​www.HeroicBooks.com
Facebook: ​@HeroicBooks
Instagram: @HeroicBooks
Twitter: @HeroicBooks
For any enquiries relating to submissions, please contact ​harriet@heroicbooks.com
For any enquiries relating to sales or marketing, please contact ​elliot@heroicbooks.com

In their own words…

When did you start publishing & what made you want to start an independent publisher?

Heroic Books was founded in 2020 in response to what we perceived to be a lack of opportunity for emerging authors in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. We want to develop the work of our authors beyond the page, harnessing the power of digital media such as film, TV, games and audiobooks, to share our authors’ stories as widely as possible, reach new audiences, and build a global network of Heroic fans and writers.

What genres do you specialise in?

We specialise in fantasy and science fiction, both of which lend themselves really well to our transmedia strategy. Working with illustrators, narrators, and other creatives, we aim to bring exciting new worlds to life through a variety of media, as well as ensuring that every novel we publish reaches its full potential.

Where are you based?

Heroic Books is based in Liverpool, UK, but has staff, board members and stakeholders based across the UK, the US and China.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

We have an open call for submissions of fantasy and science fiction novels, and we are currently reading for our 2022 publishing schedule.

We are also currently seeking submissions of short stories for our forthcoming fantasy anthology, ​The Hero’s Journey​, which will feature both emerging authors and established voices from across the fantasy genre. This submissions window is open until Friday 14th May.

What is your submission procedure?

For our regular submissions window, details of how to submit can be found at www.heroicbooks.com/manuscript​. For short story submissions for ​The Hero’s Journey anthology, head to ​www.heroicbooks.com/herosjourney​.

Crucially, for each of these submissions windows, authors do not need to be represented by a literary agent to submit their manuscript for consideration.

Who are you?

Heroic Books was co-founded by Helen Blakeman and Chris Arnold, and is run by an experienced team of creatives and publishing professionals from across the country.

What was your background in the book industry before this venture?

Helen is a BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning writer and Chair of the BAFTA Children’s Committee, while Chris is an entrepreneur and businessman, having founded Camp Leaders, Smaller Earth and World Merit.

Despite not coming from book publishing backgrounds, Helen and Chris are both passionate about finding new, innovative ways of telling stories and pushing the boundaries of what traditional publishing can achieve.

Heroic 100

Heroic 100

Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?

We’ll be making announcements about our forthcoming titles very soon! In the meantime, to be the first to find out any news or announcements, keep an eye on our social channels and subscribe to our mailing list by following the link below: https://heroicbooks.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2a593e3d49cdd245408be2e60&id=8 1520c41f4


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What I’m up to

I’ve been working on a spreadsheet gathering information together to start developing a directory of UK and Ireland independent publishers, from zine makers to some of the most established publishers we have.

I’m developing this as a digital file that will be updated on a monthly basis adding new submissions, taking out publishers who are no longer with us, adding new publishers, and generally trying to keep it as current as possible. There will also be an annual printed version which will be as up to date as a static directory can be.

If you want to see how far I’ve got and see if you’re included in my ongoing list there is a pdf of my current list to look at the Publisher Feature Page file.

If you think you should be on it please let me know, also if any of the info I have for you is wrong please let me know.


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Fly on the Wall Press

Fly on the Wall Press first came to my attention after I bought ‘Small Press Publishing: The Do’s and Dont’s’ a great little book on the intricacies of small press publishing.

Based in Manchester they have a great back catalogue to explore, which is always a danger to someone like myself who loves pamphlets and chapbooks.

Website: https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/
Twitter: @fly_press
Facebook: @flyonthewallpress
Instagram @flyonthewall_poetry

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

Fly on the Wall Press started in 2018 with a mental health anthology, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, with profits going to UK charity, Mind. From then, we established ourselves as a publisher with a conscience, publishing poetry books, cross-genre anthologies, magazines, and short story collections, all with a socially conscious message. We pride ourselves on working with charities across the UK for our anthologies and publishing international talents.

What genres do you specialise in?

We specialise in poetry, short stories and flash fiction also a political message also shall conscience

Where are you based?

We are based in Manchester, UK

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

We have a submission period in the autumn, usually opening in August to November

What is your submission procedure?

We look for short story collections and poetry collections with a social conscience and asked the people of bought a book from the past year in our shop. This really helps people understand what we are looking for and also helps to for us as a small press so that we can go on to publish more people every year

Who are you (team photo if possible)? and what was your background in the book industry before this venture?

Team wise it varies – occasionally I have some interns working behind the scenes, but mostly it is just me and a very supportive family (for example, Sarah Jane Kenyon regularly proofreads our books!)

My background in the book industry before this venture was non-existent, simply because I have never been given the opportunity. That’s why I wrote the non-fiction book Small Press Publishing: The Dos and Don’ts, because I wanted to give people information that they needed to start a small press which I had to work out myself.

Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?

Anthology Planet in Peril will always have a special place in my heart. It was shortlisted for Best Anthology – Saboteur Awards 2020 and consists of Photography, Art and Poetry. 20% of the profits from this book are donated to The Climate Coalition and WWF.Blurb: When the sciences and the arts begin to work together, a powerful force is created. This anthology was founded upon the belief that words have the power to change. Through poetry, photography and art, creatives across the globe, from the age of 8 to 80, have united to express the urgency of global warming, facing the facts but never losing hope.Foreword by Dr Michelle Cain, Science and Policy Research Associate, Oxford University. Featuring Emily Gellard Photography and a commissioned poem by Helen Mort. In July 2020 we are publishing Louise McStravick’s ‘How To Make Curry Goat’, which is a wonderful celebration of identity as the daughter of a windrush generation – is she English, is she Jamaican, does her accent qualify Brummy? A Slam winner, Louise is no stranger to the stage and I hope that by that point later in the year we will be able to launch her collection in person.


If you want to help and support this blog and my other projects (Indie Bookshops and Big Bearded Bookseller) you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

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Renard Press

Renard PressSince receiving this information from Renard Press to include on the website they’ve been steaming ahead publishing brilliant classics in absolutely beautiful covers and are always worth a look.

They are so beautiful I’ve just bought the George Orwell bundle, all I did was have a quick look at their website to check that everything was still OK but a great cover will always get me spending.

Website: https://renardpress.com
Facebook: @therenardpress
Instagram: @renardpress
Twitter: @renardpress

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

Renard Press officially launched in June 2020; our first titles – Phillis Wheatley (poems and a memoir), A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf), Dracula’s Guest (Bram Stoker), Bars Fight (Lucy Terry Prince) and A Letter to a Hindu (Leo Tolstoy) – will be published in October and November, and then we will publish a title a month from January 2021.

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

What made you want to start an independent publisher?

Having worked in independent publishing for the best part of a decade, I’ve been constantly amazed by the resilience of the sector. However, particularly in independent publishing, I think there’s a need for more diverse, more niche lists of books to flesh out the literary canon, and, having learnt or taught myself many of the processes needed in a modern publishing house, I thought it was time I set up Renard.

What genres do you specialise in?

Renard Press publishes classic fiction and non-fiction, theatre and poetry, as well as some contemporary titles.

Where are you based?

Given that the launch is in the middle of a pandemic, we’re currently working from home, but Renard is a London-based press.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

We’re open to unsolicited manuscripts.

A Letter to a Hindu

A Letter to a Hindu

What is your submission procedure?

We’re currently considering both non-fiction and fiction with a literary bent; we aren’t currently commissioning poetry, as we don’t yet have the right context, but look forward to welcoming poetry submissions in the future. In order to spare a few trees, we do ask that all submissions are sent via email, and we ask that a completed cover letter is sent to tell us what we need to know, and to help us in anonymising submissions.

Who are you (team photo if possible)? and what was your background in the book industry before this venture?

The Press is headed up by Will Dady, who was previously editor and designer at Alma Books, and before that, he worked for the academic press Frontinus, as well as the London-based independent Serif Books.

Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?

Dracula's Guest

Dracula’s Guest

By way of a nod to one of the greatest pioneers in independent publishing – and one of the Publisher’s heroes – we’ll be starting off our classics list with A Room of One’s Own. Since we are launching in October 2020, which is Black History Month, we’re publishing two titles by African-American authors: Bars Fight, a ballad, the first known work by an African-American author, and the poems of Phillis Wheatley, along with a memoir, which includes the first volume of poetry by an African-American author ever published. From there on, we’ve got the next eleven titles picked out, which consist of some lesser-known works by literary giants, as well as some by undeservedly forgotten authors, including Saki, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Leo Tolstoy, as well as neglected greats, such as Aphra Behn, the Restoration playwright (and spy), who was the first woman to earn a living by her pen. In Aphra’s words, ‘Variety is the soul of pleasure’.


If you want to help and support this blog and my other projects (Indie Bookshops and Big Bearded Bookseller) you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.