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

Patrician Press.

2 What do you publish?

Mainly fiction and poetry.

3 What's the story of the company?

Patricia Borlenghi set up the press at the end of 2012, after completing an MA in creative writing at the University of Essex. Her career has always been in publishing: she started at Usborne Publishing in 1975 after finishing her first degree, and after 11 years set up as a consultant and packaged some children’s books. She was keen to start writing for adults, so decided to speed this along with an MA, and now publishes work by authors she met on her course and through open submissions. She has also published three of her own novels and two children’s books under a children’s imprint, Pudding Press.

4 How's business?

This is a fun venture rather than a profit-making one. I love books, so that’s why I publish them.

5 What do you enjoy about being independent?

I can work when, where and how I want. Independent presses have a major role to play in the publishing world, and hopefully are willing to take more risks than mainstream publishers.

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

That the range and diversity of books published is not compromised by commercial constraints and that more bookshops are encouraged to support independent presses.

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

Publishing news and hopefully attending meetings when possible.

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