The publishing world is forever evolving. With social media taking control and book deals being awarded based on an influencer’s following, it has become even more difficult to break into the industry. Which is why a lot of writers have taken it upon themselves to set up their own publishing company. But isn’t it wonderful dear reader to live in a world where the beginnings of a business are at the click of a mouse? But how to do it right? Where to even begin?
Today I am reviewing Small Press Publishing The Dos and Don’ts (Published 17th Jan 2020) By Isabelle Kenyon. A big thank you to the publisher Fly On The Wall Press for sending me a copy to review, always appreciated. Thank you!
About The Author
Isabelle Kenyon is a northern poet and the author of This is not a Spectacle, Micro chapbook, The Trees Whispered (Origami Poetry Press) and Digging Holes To Another Continent (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, New York) and Potential (Ghost City Press). She is the editor of Fly on the Wall Press, a socially conscious small press for chapbooks and anthologies.
She was shortlisted for the Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize 2019. Her poems have been published in poetry anthologies by Indigo Dreams Publishing, Verve Poetry Press, and Hedgehog Poetry Press. She has had poems published internationally. Her book reviews, articles and blog posts have been published in various places such as Sabotage Reviews, Literally Darling, Authors Publish, Neon Books, London Grip, Harness magazine and Five Oaks Press.
She has headlined at Cafe Del Nino’s spoken word night, Cannock, and has opened Coventry Cathedral’s Plum Line Festival. She has performed at Leeds International Festival as part of the 2019 ‘Sex Tapes’ and for Apples and Snakes’ ‘Deranged Poetesses’ 2019.
She is a fierce dog lover and a confessed caffeine addict.
Small Press Publishing The Dos and Don’ts
Start with a good idea
Set up your own business
Fill a niche in the publishing industry and turn your hobby into a full-time career.
If you feel passionate that you can fill a niche in the publishing industry, but you haven’t managed to get your lucky break so far, this book is for you. If you have already started running your own online magazine, small press or are publishing your own work in book form professionally, this book is for you.
With interviews from Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd, HVTN Press, Louise Walters Books, Newfound Journal, Ghost City Press, Broken Sleep Books, Mason Jar Press, Queen of Swords, Neon Books and more.
If you are an aspiring writer or have a passion for books and want to set up your own publishing company, then this book is for you. Speaking from her personal experience of setting up Fly On The Wall Press, Kenyon breaks down the dos and don’ts when it comes to setting up your own small press.
Kenyon’s writing is positive and encouraging. She is realistic about what is possible to achieve and explains clearly the key elements step by step. It’s comforting to know that Kenyon is writing from personal experience. She acts as a kind of mentor and teaches the reader a lot such as the SWOT analysis which is vital to know. She breaks it down and the information is pleasant to digest. Kenyon’s writing is much like a friend, it’s NOT complicated with a load of technical jargon but is insightful and concise. You can’t help but enjoy learning the ways of a small press as you feel you are having a chat about your new venture over a cuppa with a much beloved friend.
I found it interesting to learn about market research and branding. All the little details that are involved you don’t often think about. The name, the logo, your target audience and the unseen effort of volunteers that proof-read late into the night. You have got to be passionate and aware that you may not make money from this. Kenyon advises not to quit your job just yet and to start it out as a hobby. You have to be able to sell yourself as a business owner so be prepared for a lot of graft and burning the candle at both ends. It takes time, doesn’t pay regularly and massive amounts of dedication. But the end result is something truly wonderful to behold as you inhale that mesmerising book smell.
I learned a lot from this book and was fascinated by the inner workings of what binds a publishing company together. I particularly enjoyed reading the interviews that Kenyon conducted with other small press publishers. You get a real, honest insight to how others have tackled this industry.
I give Small Press Publishing The Dos and Don’ts By Isabelle Kenyon a Five out of Five paw rating.
Informative and inspiring, this book is perfect for anyone with the passion to set up their own small press. Kenyon lays out the key factors and advises what to avoid. She is supportive and upbeat that if you really want to succeed, have the drive and passion then you will. I highly recommend you read this book if you are thinking about setting up your our small press. It will give you a fascinating insight to publishing and what to expect. This is your first port of call when setting out on your new, exciting venture. Good luck!
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