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Meet the Member: Firefly Press
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1 What's your company called?

Firefly Press.

2 What do you publish?

Quality fiction for five to 19 year-olds.

3 What's the story of the company?

We set up in 2013 as a result of a meeting of like-minded people wanting to publish children’s books from Wales, and a small amount of money from the Welsh Government towards five books for seven to nine year-olds to encourage reading for pleasure. Since then we’ve published 20 books, including middle grade and YA; won the Branford Boase Award with Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare; and appeared in many ‘best of’ lists around the country.

4 How's business?

We’ve grown very quickly from our starting point. We have received some great support from readers, authors and the children’s book world, and people like what we are doing. Sales are well above forecasts and we’re now looking to invest and expand.

5 What do you enjoy about being independent?

Being able to make our own decisions and act quickly when necessary.

6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?

The uncertainties of Brexit loom large, but from the independent point of view I would say visibility—ensuring that a range of good books from around the country can be seen in the marketplace, to ensure that quality and diversity can reach the reader.

7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?

Don’t be fazed by the differences in scale in publishing. If you think you can deliver great books in your chosen market, fight for them and be determined to get them noticed.

8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?

Great all round support, access to advice from experts, a sense of community and a vital picture of the publishing market for independents.

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