Small press pop quiz - The Other Publishing Company

10 January 2014 / Leave a Comment

What makes The Other Publishing Company different to other publishers?
The Other Publishing Company is different (it’s in our name). We’re an independent publishing house that takes a distinct approach to serving readers with a simple goal of entertaining them, in whatever form or genre that takes. We publish fresh perspectives and unique voices of both fiction and non-fiction, and our short story imprint, Lit Bits, is quickly becoming established as a leader in the form.

Not content with traditional publishing, we believe that entertaining stories can have many lives and be enjoyed in different ways, which is why we’ll soon be releasing audio and dramatised versions of our stories, as well as book serialisations.

We’re well-funded and backed by technology venture capital investors, meaning we’re well-placed as a publisher of traditional and digital content for savvy and demanding readers looking for something new.

What kind of manuscripts are you looking for?
When it comes to category, we’re looking for full-length manuscripts of fiction and non-fiction, and short story submissions for Lit Bits. As far as genre is concerned, we’re flexible. Our mission is to entertain our readers – it’s as simple as that.

If someone was to read two books on your list, what should they be?
Tough one, but we’ll go with...

The Brinkmeyers by Michael Cameron
Hymie Brinkmeyer has some blind spots: like believing his kids can do no wrong, which is foolish as he should know by now that if his seventeen year old son Kevin is busted one more time for possession then he might just have a drug problem. And he really ought to admit that his nineteen year old daughter Karen is pregnant, unmarried and has no idea who the father is… though it’s apparently not the same guy who got her pregnant last time. Then there’s the lump in his scrotum, which is probably just a cyst – and there is Maggie – his English wife – she hasn’t slept with him for years, and she seems very close to her psychiatrist, who quite often likes to meet her late at night for a little Freudian analysis over a bottle of wine and a tub of Haagen Dazs...

But Hymie’s biggest blind spot has to be about the beautiful Colleen, his motorbike riding, leather-clad, dark haired Irish secretary. She’s loved him for years but Hymie can’t see it. Or maybe he doesn’t want to – until one day, when he’s lying in a hospital bed, she comes to visit him and that’s when Hymie falls in love with her too.

The question is will he leave Maggie for her? Well, he may not have to, because it seems that Kevin is planning a little matter of matricide – and that may solve everyone’s problems.

The Gar Diaries by Louis Bourgeois
Young Lucas grew up as a gar fisherman’s son, in the steamy backwater bayous of southeastern Louisiana. His story invites you into a brutal world that is dominated by domestic violence, poverty, and the day-to-day struggle for survival … a struggle that might have left even the strongest of us emotionally scarred and bitter.

Lucas (a distinctly non-heroic hero) reveals the childhood fights, the family traumas, and the fiercely wrought beauty of a visceral existence that feels ill at ease with itself. He gives us an unflinching look at a place and people we need to know.

As you begin reading The Gar Diaries, be aware: the language is vivid, the emotions are intense, and the honesty is often disturbing. This book will truly reshape your perception of life in the Deep South – and might very well haunt your mind for years to come.

However, if you like your books short, you may want to take a look at our short story imprint, Lit Bits.

What are you excited about for 2014?
2014 is a big year for The Other Publishing Company. We’ll be adding to our list of titles across all categories, as well as running short story competitions and developing audio and film to our repertoire. Keep an eye out for us on Facebook, Twitter, or our blog.


* Please note: Lit Bits has been rebranded as Cracked Eye - read more here


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