We recently announced our next event, How To Start Your Own Publishing Company. Here, we’ll have guest speakers from excellent entrepreneurial publishers Bright Red, Muddy Pearl and Tramp Press, as well as Publishing Scotland, to give an insight into publishing in different sectors. The evening will be chaired by Peggy Hughes and take place at Summerhall.
Thinking of going? It’ll be a great insight into publishing from those who’ve built it up from scratch, and an interesting look at business overall. But we want to help you get to know the publishers a little better with this nifty little guide.
Bright Red Publishing
Formed in 2008, Bright Red publish study guides for the new N4, N5 and CfE qualifications. They’ve taken an extra leap in education by expanding into the online world with their unique resource, the Digital Zone, for students and teachers alike.
Since formation, they’ve been named UK Educational Publishing Company of the Year at the Independent Publishing Awards in 2010 and 2011, shortlisted for UK Independent Publisher of the Year Award at the Bookseller Industry Awards in 2011 and 2014, won the Local Business Accelerator: Edinburgh award in June 2013, been highly commended at both The Bookseller Industry Awards and the Interface Excellence Awards in 2014 and won of the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Award for their online Digital Zone in 2014.
Muddy Pearl is an Edinburgh-based publisher of Christian books, set up by Richard and Stephanie Heald in 2013. They have a view to publishing books that help people to know God and to find their calling and live out their faith wholeheartedly, and simply “want to publish good books well”, which they certainly do.
They are structured as a limited company run along not-for-profit lines, operating a profit-sharing arrangement with the church and certain charities. Though they approach their content and production as traditional publishers would, this different structure in profits will shine an interesting light on the different ways in which a business can be set up and run as part of our discussion.
It’s only been just over a year since Tramp Press published their first book Flight (Oona Frawley), but they’ve already been nominated for Best Newcomer at Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards and shortlisted for a Blacknight SME award, winning the David Manley Award for Emerging Arts Entrepreneur this year. Founders Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff were also nominated for the IMAGE Business Woman of the Year Awards.
The publisher aims to “find, nurture and publish exceptional talent”, and look to encourage and support Ireland’s literary talent. With a view to “[publishing] books for readers, and [working] to bring great writing in from the cold”, this is a great opportunity to come hear from a bright new voice in Irish publishing.
Publishing Scotland is the network for trade, training and development in Scotland. They run an invaluable resource for those involved or interested in publishing, sharing everything from courses and training to job postings, and hosting an annual Conference full of excellent speakers. Last year they celebrated 40 years of supporting publishers in Scotland – here’s to many more!