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25 Independent Presses That Prove This Is the Golden Age of Indie Publishing

Independent publishing — that is, publishing whatever an individual or small group think is worthy of dumping their time and money into — is nothing new. From Virginia and Leonard Woolf starting up Hogarth Press to the early days of Farrar, Straus and Giroux championing now-iconic authors that other publishers wouldn’t touch, DIY publishing has long been responsible for some of our best literature.

That’s why, no matter what the latest doomsday prognostication about the future of big publishing happens to be, this is an exciting time to be a fan of literature. Among the long list of indie presses that are putting out great stuff, we’re singling out 25 that we love — but we encourage you to do some more digging of your own to discover even more great indies that are publishing great works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and more.

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Publishing Genius Press 

The name says it all. This Baltimore indie has an eye for spotting some of the best fiction and poetry long before anyone else realizes the work is, well, genius. It was the original publisher of Light Boxes by Shane Jones (before Spike Jonze bought the film rights and Penguin republished it), brought us Melissa Broder’s Meat Heart, and its always-great Everyday Genius webzine is on our — everyday — reading list.

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Vincent Czyz
Vincent Czyz

Calling this the "golden age of indie publishing" is a bit of joke when about 75% of these "indies" are either closed to submissions forever, indefinitely, or only accepted agented submissions. Indeed, if a house only accepts agented manuscripts, it should probably come off the indie list; I say this as an author who does have represntation.

AshleyReed
AshleyReed

I was thinking about trying to publish a book of mine. I didn't know there were so many independent publishing companies. I should look into finding one of those. I just want to print off a few copies to give to friends and family, see if it's any good. Thanks for all the great printing information, this will make things better! http://printindustry.com/Buy-Printing/book-printing.aspx 

Jasper Joffe
Jasper Joffe


Joffe Books is an independent publisher of new fiction and classic titles. Based in London, it was founded by artist Jasper Joffe to bring great new voices to the market. It accepts submissions from unpublished authors as well as writers looking to improve their digital sales.  Joffe Books' best-selling authors include T. J. Brearton and Taylor Adams.

http://www.joffebooks.com/submissions/


Judy
Judy

I really believe Tenth Street Press in Melbourne should be on this list.
Just saying...Judy

RoyMCarlisle
RoyMCarlisle

I really believe Counterpoint Press in Berkeley should be on this list. Just saying...Roy

GuitarMovieStar
GuitarMovieStar

@Vincent Czyz Very true. I don't think there are any genuine indie publishers left, actually.  If you look at the above list, you need an agent and to already be established in some way b4 they'll even look at your work--that's for the few publishers still accepting submissions. 

These days it's best to self-publish, IMHO. You can do that for free. Just go to Lulu, etc. Yes, you need to market yourself but most agents/publishers ask you to do that anyway, so why bother with them? Of course, self-publishing means we don't get helpful feedback from publishers and agents but, seriously, if you don't have "connections" and a "platform," i.e., you're not rich and famous, self-publishing is the way to go. 

I think it's this way in nearly every field today--not just writing. The average person's voice is being silenced by the establishment. So DIY is the way to go, not just for a career in writing but for most everything.  (Odd isn't it? You need to already have fame and fortune in order to obtain fame and fortune.) 


But I guess that's the way things have been for most of history anyhow. 

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