1 What's your company called?
2 What do you publish?
Books of many genres about Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. I am now expanding my reach to embrace the wider Caribbean.
3 What's the story of the company?
I used to be a journalist and started Papillote Press having co-written, and then self-published, a book called The Gardens of Dominica
. I realised that if I could publish my own book then I could publish other people's, so my first 'proper' Papillote Press book was released in 2004. I wanted to contribute to the literature of Dominica (home of Jean Rhys) and try to support local writers. I now publish two or three titles a year. Last year, I started Papillote People's Press, which is a book production company, under the umbrella of Papillote Press. Two titles have now been published in this way.
4 How's business?
This is a niche within a niche: it's not making anyone rich but I live in hope.
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
Being a one-woman show is rewarding but it means having to keep a close eye on all aspects of the publishing process. I am hoping to set up an informal advisory panel to allow other people to contribute their ideas and so broaden the company's base.
6 What is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
For me it is to convince people that books from the Caribbean are for everyone. This is especially important in the age of the retail giants.
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Do it because you love it, and pick everyone's brains. Don't be daunted. Embrace social media. Sorry, that's four pieces of advice!
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
I much appreciate the breadth of support from IPG: you can be a minuscule operation but still be taken seriously. I was also lucky enough to make a sale of 2,000 copies of one title thanks to a contact made from attending an IPG Meet the Buyers event.
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