Giant Sparrow Press: A Q & A with the Publisher
Amid the ongoing publishing revolution, 2014 saw the birth (or should that be hatching?) of a new local publisher, Giant Sparrow Press. Alison McCulloch, for SRB, asked the woman behind the press, Clare Needham, why, why now, plus a few other questions:
Q. Why start a new press, and in such challenging times for publishing?
A. Giant Sparrow Press, or GSP, started life as a Lotto fantasy. You know when you imagine, if money was not a factor, what you would want to do with your time? Of course, money is a factor, particularly if you are going to start publishing books as a business. But Giant Sparrow wasn’t started with the focus on making a profit. I want the books to do well, but whether or not GSP is successful is more about creating good books by writers whose work ought to be out there in the world for readers to enjoy.