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’.


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FCM and Chronos Publishing

Two indies for the price of one, both owned by Taryn Johnston and based in Norwich. FCM Publishing is a non-fiction publisher specialising in non-fiction, whilst Chronos Publishing publishes fiction and life stories.

Website: www.fcmpublishing.co.uk
Website www.chronospublishing.com
Twitter: @FCMTaryn @ChronosPublish
Instagram: @chronos_publishing
Facebook: @ChronosPublishing

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

I started with FCM Publishing in 2014 and launched Chronos Publishing in 2019

What made you want to start an independent publisher?

I have always written and was actually published when I was 13 with a short story. I was asked if I would edit and proofread a novel and the company grew out of that.

What genres do you specialise in?

FCM Publishing specialises in non-fiction, primarily business books and also offers author services such as editing and formatting, Chronos Publishing is life stories and novels.

Where are you based?

We’re based in Lincoln.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

Not a rigid one, although we don’t take submissions between November and January.

What is your submission procedure?

Chronos is a traditional publisher and therefore it’s a formal process of a printed, completed manuscript with synopsis and covering latter (SAE if you’d like it returned). FCM is less formal, I often chat to authors over email and will accept email submission of sample chapters.

Taryn

Taryn

Who are you (team photo if possible)?

I’m the main owner and I work with a team of editors, formatters and designers – all freelance.

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

My background is marketing (I also have a marketing agency and teach at uni) but as I mentioned earlier, I have always written and proofread.

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

I have been really lucky to work with some incredible authors and had some amazing success. Bob Champion MBE, Grand National Jockey and cancer surviving legend would be up there. We launched his autobiography in 2018, at the Grand National in Aintree. Parveen Ashraf, TV Chef from ITVs Parveen’s Indian Kitchen, I helped her create her recipe book in 2017 and it was the book that helped showcase her talent and get her the TV show, aired last year. Her book is now being sold around the world. Both Bob & Parveen’s books helped me establish myself as a reputable indie publisher and as a result, I’ve been able to see titles on the shelves in a number of Waterstones including London, Liverpool & Leeds, as well as our hometown Lincoln. Having a really good relationship with Gardners has been amazing for us.

We have released a number of terrific novels including one which we hope is going to be turned into a movie (although I can’t say which yet!) so exciting times there but the catalogue includes dystopian future, sci fi, horror, thrillers, YA fantasy, family sagas and romcoms! In our business books, Be Useful by Jos Burton was a finalist in the Business Book of the Year 2018 and Rockstar Retirement was our first to be released as an audio book.

This year is looking very busy, I have co-written a business guide/memoire with Tony Robinson OBE and that’s being released this summer, which I’m really thrilled about, we have a couple of autobiographies, another business guide and four novels all due out this year!

(This was sent to me last June sorry for the delay)


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Moist

Absolutely loved all the covers I’ve seen from Moist and love the sound of the words that they are getting out to the world and I like their ethos.

Website: https://moist.cargo.site
Instagram: @coolmoistbooks
Twitter: @coolmoistbooks

MOIST is a socialist enterprise. This means that our contracts are as generous as they can afford to be; that we channel the majority of our profits into funding new MOIST ventures; and that our beautifully designed, sometimes coordinating, paperbacks are printed in places other than China. We believe that language is always political, that language is always physical, and that language generates meaning. Our language is grimy and MOIST.

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

Our first book, a reissue of the late, great Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra’s Equilibrium, will be published in September 2020.

What made you want to start an independent publisher?

The word ‘alternative’, as used within the British publishing industry, usually refers to works that fit within a very Oxbridge, very Bloomsbury (i.e. upper and upper-middle-class) framework. On the rare occasions that a publisher’s list includes literary fiction by a working or lower-middle-class author that does not conform to the above their book will then be edited and/or marketed in terms of either Bake-Off blandness (or in the publisher’s parlance ‘to appeal to a regional audience’), or as poverty-porn (or distressing subject matter masquerading as ‘inclusivity’ and ‘diversity’ on the publisher’s part). First, this is boring. Second, there are lots of great authors who remain largely unknown precisely because they are not boring (or posh, or produce a posh person’s idea of a ‘common’ person’s writing). The rest is, as they should say, the future…

What genres do you specialise in?

Literary and experimental fiction and creative non-fiction, often with a link to the visual arts.

Where are you based?

Nottingham.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

We only publish three books a year, which means that our list for the next two-plus years is already full. However, all going well we hope to re-open for submissions at some point in 2021.

What is your submission procedure?

We like to receive the whole book as a word document and a brief blurb as the author imagines that it would appear on the back of the dustjacket. We don’t care whether or not an author has an agent, or about their publication history, and we actively encourage submissions from those with educational backgrounds that other publishers might consider ‘unconventional’.

Who are you (team photo if possible)?

Officially Paul and Sarah with occasional, unofficial, help from Susie and Tom.

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

We have no background in the book industry – which we consider to be our great advantage! Our backgrounds are in academia and advertising.

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

Our first season, ‘A Trilogy of Alienation,’ consists of the aforementioned Equilibrium, which has already received a glowing endorsement from the Academy Award winning actress Samantha Morton; My Other Spruce and Maple Self the next novel from Susan Finlay, whose current one, Objektophilia, is receiving rave reviews at present; and Florilegia by the artist and illustrator Annabel Dover, a fictionalised account of early photographer and amateur botanist Anna Atkins’ life. Stylistically each of these books is very different, but they all centre on somewhat disenfranchised figures, are heavily influenced by film and photography, and feature beautiful coordinating covers. We hope that this, as well as the obvious quality of the writing, will make our readers especially keen to acquire the whole set!


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Bad Betty Press

When I saw the images that I had been emailed for this feature of the beautiful chapbooks and pamphlets that Amy and Jake produce through Bad Betty Press I had an immediate feeling of desire for them. A well produced pamphlet is always a thing of beauty and it looks as though various award judges agree with that.

MICHAEL MARKS PUBLISHERS’ AWARD, Shortlisted, 2018
SABOTEUR AWARDS: Most Innovative Publisher, Shortlisted, 2018
SABOTEUR AWARDS: Best Pamphlet, Solomon’s World – Jake Wild Hall, Longlisted, 2018
LONDON’S BIG READ: The Dizziness of Freedom, Shortlisted, 2019

I now have another pile of goodies added to my ongoing wish list for birthday and other occasions.

Website: badbettypress.com
Facebook: @badbettypress
Instagram: @badbettypress
Twitter: @badbettypress

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

We published our first book of poems in July 2017.

What made you want to start publishing?

We’re both poets who perform but also love the page. We have a big network of artist friends and peers writing excellent work, and loved the idea of creating a platform to help their work reach more readers. We felt that there was space in the world of poetry publishing for some more exciting, fresh and diverse voices.

What do you specialise in?

Poetry. We mostly put out pamphlets / chapbooks (short collections of around 10-20 poems), but also publish full-length collections, anthologies, and a series of mini-pamphlets called Bad Betty Shots.

Where are you based?

Tottenham, north London.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

October – January for pamphlet / collection manuscripts, Feb – April for anthology poems.

Who are you (team photo if possible)?

Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall. Writers and parents, we set up Bad Betty the year our daughter was born.

Background in the book industry?

Amy came from the world of copywriting, so had a background in editing, art direction and creative production. We’ve both written and performed poetry for over 10 years, working with indie publishers and picking up what we could about the process along the way, as well as running and promoting events.

Talk about some of your books if possible?

Our mental health anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom (2018), was shortlisted for a couple of awards, and is our bestseller to date.

While I Yet Live by Gboyega Odubanjo is our bestselling pamphlet.

She Too Is a Sailor by Antonia Jade King and Raft by Anne Gill are two of our most recent books, respectively exploring womanhood and trauma with delicacy and wit.

The Death of a Clown by Tom Bland and TIGER by Rebecca Tamás were both featured on the ‘Poetry School Books of 2018’ longlist.


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.