Small press pop quiz - Soho Press

13 March 2013 / Leave a Comment
What makes Soho Press different to other publishers?
Like most independent presses, Soho is able to publish edgy or out-of-the box fiction (under our eponymous literary imprint, Soho Press) that larger houses may not be inclined to take on. But our longest running imprint, Soho Crime, publishes international crime series. So we have an excellent blend of the commercial and literary taste in-house. We all love to read it all. Plus we just launched a young adult list, under the imprint Soho Teen. So while we’re independent, we’re certainly not small. We just analyzed our last few years and the numbers astounded: 96% growth in sales from 2010 to 2012.


What kind of manuscripts are you looking for?
We have three imprints, all of which have different mandates:
Soho Press: strongly voice-driven literary fiction, often with some formal innovation. Books to be translated into English are attractive.
Soho Crime: Crime or thriller series set outside of the United States, with a protagonist who is either native to or a long-time expat in the country where the book is set. We are currently particularly interested in series set in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and the Caribbean (incl Puerto Rico and Cuba). Books to be translated into English are attractive.
Soho Teen: High stakes young adult novels of any genre, preferably with a mystery or thriller element.


If someone was to read two books on your list, what should they be?
On the Soho Crime side, people should definitely look at THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, the first in the Nina Borg series set (mostly) in Denmark, which was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback for us. For a good sense of the Soho Press literary imprint’s taste, take a look at THAT’S NOT A FEELING, a New York Times Editors’ choice for 2012. It’s very, very hard to just pick 2, so I’ll also draw people’s attention to:
ROCK PAPER TIGER (USA Today and NYT Bestseller set in China, whose sequel HOUR OF THE RAT is out in June), Soho Crime
ESCAPE THEORY, Soho Teen
MAN IN THE EMPTY SUIT, Soho Press
THE THIEF (Nominated for the 2012 LA Times Book Prize), Soho Crime
LUNIMARIUM (Winner, 2011 LA Times Book Prize), Soho Press


What are you excited about for 2013?
We’re extremely excited for the rest of our Soho Teen list, particularly RELIC, a Game of Thrones-esque fantasy (with so many twists) coming out in October. Also A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH, which is out on the Soho Press imprint in September. It’s a hugely ambitious novel that has made the entire staff rethink what it means to be human. On the Crime side, EVIL AND THE MASK, the second book from Oe prize-winner Fuminori Nakamura’s critically acclaimed THE THIEF, in translation from the Japanese, will be out in June and that is certainly one to watch out for.



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