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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Small But Mighty Publishing Houses

  • St Stephen's Church 105 Saint Stephen Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 5AB United Kingdom (map)
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This event is somewhere between an in conversation and workshop, with two facilitators leading an open discussion about running a publisher.

This event takes place in Logan Hall at St Stephens

How do small presses make waves among blockbusters, big marketing budgets and conglomerates? Is it possible to manage financially as an individual whilst freelancing or starting a publisher?

Carolina Orloff (Charco Press) and Jordan Taylor-Jones (Dead Ink & Influx) discuss how they make publishing - and living! - work in this frank and friendly roundtable event. From what a typical day looks like to where publishing is headed.

Current and would-be publishers encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion.
This discussion will be chaired by bookseller and Golden Hare manager Julie Danskin.

About Carolina Orloff

Dr. Carolina Orloff is an author, translator and scholar who has been working on research projects studying the literature, politics and culture of contemporary Argentina. At the end of 2016, together with Sam McDowell, Carolina co-founded CHARCO PRESS, an independent publishing house focused on the translation into English of contemporary Latin American literature. Carolina acts as director and main editor at CHARCO PRESS. She won Publisher of the Year at the Saltire Society Literary Awards in 2018.

About Jordan Taylor-Jones

Jordan Taylor-Jones worked for Waterstones for around 10 years, with his last role as Events and Marketing Manager for the Manchester stores. From there, he worked full time as management in LUSH cosmetics, whilst building himself as a freelancer in the publishing industry. He has just gone full-time freelance in publishing, working with several indepdent publishing houses including Dead Ink Books, Influx Press, Bluemoose Books and Peepal Tree Press. Jordan is also completing a masters thesis in contemporary literature at Manchester University.

About Charco Press

Charco Press focuses on finding outstanding contemporary Latin American literature and bringing it to new readers in the English-speaking world. We aim to act as a cultural and linguistic bridge for you to be able to access a brand new world of fiction that has, until now, been missing from your reading list. We also consider our translators to be a critical part of the equation. We select contemporary translators, to give our authors a modern voice. Charco Press is doing things differently in this regard, stepping away from the mainstream, and bringing in emerging talent from the margins. One of Charco Press' inaugural titles, Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. They have also had books nominated for the Republic of Consciousness Prize.

About Dead Ink Books

Dead Ink is a small, ambitious and experimental literary publisher based in Liverpool. Supported by Arts Council England, we’re focussed on developing the careers of new and emerging authors. We believe that there are brilliant authors out there who may not yet be known or commercially viable. We see it as Dead Ink’s job to bring the most challenging and experimental new writing out from the underground and present it to our audience in the most beautiful way possible.

Our readers form an integral part of our team. You don’t simply buy a Dead Ink book, you invest in the authors and the books you love. Our books have three times made the shortlist for The Saboteur Awards, the longlists for both The Guardian’s First Book Award and Not the Booker Prize, and the longlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Award.

About Influx Press

Influx Press is an independent publisher based in London, committed to publishing innovative and challenging fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction from across the UK and beyond. Formed in 2012, we have published titles ranging from award-nominated fiction debuts and site-specific anthologies to squatting memoirs and radical poetry.

About the venue
St Stephens, Edinburgh

St Stephens in Stockbridge is one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in Edinburgh's New Town, and is just across the road from our other festival venue St Vincent's. Once a church, St Stephens is now home to arts and learning, with many recitals of music and dance taking place here - it's even transformed into an impressive Fringe venue in August.

We are delighted to use this historic building as part of our festival: the Muir Hall will be home to author talks and our Small Press Pop-Up Bookshop, the Logan Room will be for roundtable discussions and children's activities.

Earlier Event: October 12
This Way to Departures – Berlin launch
Later Event: October 19
London Indie Press Bookfair