“Independent publishers have unleashed a boom in sales, according to new research. Latest figures from Inpress, which works with 60 of the smallest players in the books industry, revealed sales up 79% in the last year – a performance hailed by Inpress managing director Sophie O’Neill as phenomenal.
‘It’s down to a mix of really good books such as Audre Lorde’s Your Silence Will Not Protect You from the feminist Silver Press,’ O’Neill said, ‘and Dead Ink’s crowdfunded book Know Your Place – which is like The Good Immigrant except about class – and great attention to detail.’
In a market where literary fiction has struggled to find readers, turnover across the Arts Council England-funded portfolio, which includes Seren Books, Sandstone Press and Bloodaxe Books, surged above its budget by almost £100,000 this year, reaching £277,930.
According to O’Neill, smaller presses based outside London have found success by reaching markets beyond the white middle classes and recruiting authors from more diverse backgrounds. ‘It proves that in publishing now, geography is irrelevant,’ she said.”