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

Scribe UK.

2 What do you publish?

We are a general trade publisher, with a focus on literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. We publish quite a bit of translation, and also do a strong line in intelligent pop science titles. Our list comprises about 50 books a year, and titles include the Sunday Times bestseller Gut by Giulia Enders, acclaimed debut novel Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea and the CWA Award-winning experimental biography You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life (You Are Raoul Moat) by Andrew Hankinson.

3 What's the story of the company?

Scribe was founded by Henry Rosenbloom in Melbourne, Australia in 1976. After nearly 40 years of publishing a local and international list of authors into Australia and New Zealand, in 2013 Henry decided to establish a fledgling London office and began publishing into the UK. In 2014 publisher-at-large Philip Gwyn Jones came on board, subsequently adding more UK, Irish and European writers to the Scribe publishing programme. In 2015 we also launched a children’s picture book imprint called Scribble.

4 How's business?

It’s good. It was a challenge to establish ourselves in the UK at first, but we have had some strong growth over the last three and a half years, and were invited to join Faber & Faber's Independent Alliance at the beginning of this year.

5 What do you enjoy about being independent?

The lack of bureaucracy, the speed and directness with which acquisitions can be made and the collegiate feeling of being in a small team in which everyone believes in what they do.

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

Author earnings. There is a sense that writers just can’t afford the time it takes to write the sort of deeply-researched, beautifully-written non-fiction that Scribe has always looked to publish.

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

Invest in your sales team. Our reps from the Independent Alliance sales force are outstanding, and their deep knowledge of and passion for what they do makes all the difference to our books.

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

The newsletter is always welcome! And the events we have been to so far have been excellent.

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