“Too many wonderful books are overlooked because they don’t fit easily into the commercial publishing landscape. Fiction Attic is a place where great writing is treasured, and where experimentation and risk-taking is deeply valued.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I have felt fortunate and grateful for my life as an author, and I want to help other writers get their work out into the world and reach readers. Too many wonderful books are overlooked because they don't fit easily into the commercial publishing landscape. Fiction Attic is a place where great writing is treasured, and where experimentation and risk-taking is deeply valued.
What do you like best about publishing? I love discovering exciting new fiction by unknown writers and creating a good home for their work.
What do you publish? short story collections, novels, novellas, single-story ebooks, memoir
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? I have found that a dedicated email list of writers and readers who have found us online and opted in to our updates is the best form of marketing.
How do you define a successful title? A successful title is one that reaches a good number of passionate readers.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. We are very proud of "Winter in Tirane: The Stories of Jiri Kajane." This was our first title, and it was the subject of a feature article in The Guardian (London) which praised the stories for "their laconic strangeness." About the book: Winter in Tirane: The Stories of Jiri Kajane, brings together for the first time twelve intertwined tales of bittersweet love, absurd politics, and comic hijinks by the enigmatic Jiri Kajane. Set against the final days of the Albanian empire, the stories follow an unnamed narrator–the Deputy Minister of Slogans–and his young friend Leni as they attempt to navigate a landscape of shifting political alliances and unsettling personal affairs. By turns funny, profound, and moving, Winter in Tirane is an exploration of the meaning of identity, the power of suggestion, and the complex relationship between a story and its creator.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Everything we do is financed personally out-of-pocket or through small contest fees, so lack of funding and personnel is my biggest challenge.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Publish what you love. Make sure potential readers have an easy way to sign up for updates on your website. Provide new content regularly. Make every book beautiful, inside and out.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? In five years we will be publishing 8 titles per year. Three of our titles each year will be anthologies, and two will be award titles: the winner of the First Novel Award and the winner of the Short Fiction contest. We are leaving room for three titles per year to be whatever we find and love.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I write for a living (I've published four novels and two story collections, including the international bestseller The Year of Fog), and I spend time on Northern California beaches and hiking trails for fun.
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