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.
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.