Introducing Galley Beggar Press

A good friend of mine, the author and Guardian writer Sam Jordison, has co-founded a new publishing company, Galley Beggar Press. Here’s how they explain their goals:

Our aim is to be an old fashioned publisher for the 21st Century.

Old fashioned because we believe in the beauty of books and the printed word, in the importance of nurturing authors and paying serious attention to editing, and in the vital importance of art as well as commerce.

21st Century, not just because that’s where we are, but because we also believe in the fantastic potential of ebooks to reach new audiences, to spread our writers’ precious words around the world and to revive and revitalise books that would otherwise either be out of print or lost on the backlist.

Between us, in our lines of work, we come across the same puzzle on a near daily basis; why are so many great books not getting published and why are so many great books that have been published being neglected and so forgotten. We decided to help try to redress the balance.

They’ve already published a book to great reviewsthe White Goddess: An Encounter by Simon Gough, and they’ve got a number of other books in the works, including an ebook re-release of My Elvis Blackout by Simon Crump, and a reissue of the lost American classic Cutter And Bone by Newton Thornberg, which was the direct inspiration for The Dude, played by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski.

Take a look here.

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Introducing Galley Beggar Press