1 What's your company called?
Hall and Stott Publishing.
2 What do you publish?
Undergraduate law texts.
3 What's the story of the company?
David Stott and I [Sue Hall] had worked together for many years at College of Law Publishing and decided that we’d like to have a go at publishing our own series of books. We felt that there was a gap in the market for engaging and well-designed books and set about commissioning them!
4 How's business?
Challenging. Undergraduate law is a saturated market dominated by large publishers. It is taking a while to get established as we have to do this alongside our paid jobs, but we are determined to get there.
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
Being in complete control of our business!
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
For us, the dominance of a few very big publishers is an issue. As a small publisher it is difficult to compete with their might!
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Always add a contingency to your budget… that has caught us out once or twice.
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
We haven’t really had a chance to explore much yet, but the Skills Hub
looks great and I’ve had a go at one or two courses. We’ve yet to get to a conference and really get to know everyone, but the networking will be great, I’m sure.