1 What's your company called?
2 What do you publish?
Fiction—mainly crime, thrillers, romance, historical and women’s—and non-fiction including biography and history. We have three other imprints—Venture Press which publishes science fiction, fantasy and horror; Albion Press which publishes public domain books; and Pioneering Press which publishes Westerns.
3 What's the story of the company?
Endeavour Press was set up by Richard Foreman and Matthew Lynn in 2012. Matthew is a thriller writer and financial journalist, and Richard is a freelance publicist. They decided to come together to set up a digital-only company and it took off very quickly. They started with a lot of short essays and novellas from established authors, and quickly moved into publishing full-length backlist titles. Now about 80% of what we publish is backlist titles, and 20% frontlist.
4 How's business?
Business is great. Our sales are consistently increasing month on month, and our list of books is ever expanding. We now publish 25 books a week, have expanded our offices and are experimenting with print runs of our titles.
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
We enjoy the freedom of being independent. We are very flexible and are always looking to experiment with new ideas. The marketplace is changing very quickly and we are constantly discussing how to keep up to speed.
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
People not moving with the times. There is a lot of negativity surrounding Amazon and the digital marketplace, but it isn’t really coming from readers. Publishers need to listen to readers and adjust their marketing and publishing plans to adapt to the new marketplace.
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Don’t be afraid to take risks—maybe not so much financially, but creatively. There are still so many great stories out there waiting to be told.
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?