Based in London, Austin Macauley Publishers has established itself as an energetic and imaginative independent trade publisher. Their publications range from historical romances to showbiz memoirs; from illustrated children’s tales to in-depth technical manuals; from hard-hitting thrillers to meditative poetry. We grilled one of their team members in our 5 minute interview.
What was the last book you read?
Whispers Under Ground from the ‘Rivers of London’ series by Ben Aaronovitch.
Which writer would [you] have loved to have met – and why?
Robert Louis Stevenson. Wise, affable, non-judgemental – and a hell of a storyteller.
Tell us what you/your company does in 20 words or fewer.
We publish a very wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, with particular emphasis on new authors.
Tell us the one thing about your company that we need to know…
We give every potential author a fair hearing, and every published author a chance to be a best-seller.
The single biggest challenge facing the publishing industry right now is…?
Re-establishing the relationship between author and publisher.
The one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting out in publishing today is…?
Try to make every book you work on as good as it can be. Oh, and maybe learn to code.
How can social media aid the Publishing industry?
Probably not by flat-footed interventions on Twitter and Facebook: they favour the individual author much more than publishers generally. But the internet’s ability to create virtual reading and writing groups could be a great boon to publishers, particularly those in well-established genres like crime, romance and science fiction.
Name your three favourite apps.
Goodreads, Spotify, Feedly. (Hey, I don’t have any games on my phone, all right?)
Go on...tell us your guilty pleasure from the world of fiction?
European crime literature not written by Scandinavians.
Who has been your greatest inspiration, and why?
I’ve always been fascinated by how Allen Lane started Penguin in the 1930s.