Small press pop quiz - Tailwinds Press

23 April 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Tailwinds Press different to other publishers?
Thanks to the staff's diverse professional and academic backgrounds, we are ready to support a wide range of creative efforts and non-fiction works from little-known and emerging authors.  Due to a variety of factors, it is now virtually impossible for most newcomers to break into the print publishing industry, even if they’ve done something amazing.  We try to bridge that gap by bringing those high-quality works to life in print.  The publishing industry is changing, and will continue to change through small, lean, independent operations like us.

We are based in Manhattan, which puts us in physical proximity to a large literary, bookstore (albeit diminishing) and publishing community.  We are developing an online network, directly and through our writers.  We publish in print and in ebook formats.  Print is important—the feel of a physical book in your hands is like nothing else, and we think that’s here to stay.

What kind of manuscripts are you looking for?
Literary fiction is what we know best.  We also welcome high-quality nonfiction and children’s books (preferably with illustrations). Instead of restricting ourselves to a specific genre, we aim to publish works that appeal to a specific audience: educated, sophisticated, introspective and curious about the world.

If someone was to read two books on your list, what should they be? 
We are currently accepting manuscripts for our 2015-2016 publishing year, and have in fact already made a few positive decisions that will be forthcoming on our website. On our nightstands we have: My Struggle: Book 2, by Karl Ove Knausgaard (2013); Redeployment, by Phil Klay (2014); A Place in the Country, WB Sebald (2014). We also occasionally read: The New England Review, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, etc.

What are you excited about for the coming year?
First, producing a solid catalog for our inaugural season.  There is a lot of skepticism directed toward new indie press start-ups, likely warranted: the internet is littered with the corpses of defunct presses. But we’re in it for the long haul. Second, we’re starting up our blog, which will consist of reviews of independently published books.  So if you know of a great work that deserves wider mention, please give us a heads up and we’ll take a look.

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