How to Build a Successful Indie Press

How to Build a Successful Indie PressOf all the independent publishers I’ve spoken to recently, Chris McVeigh of Fahrenheit Press stands out as one of the most outrageous. He won’t mind me saying that, I’m sure. “Indie Innovation” is about featuring smaller publishers that are doing things a bit differently, and when I heard about Fahrenheit Press’s mantra, it was clear that this publishing house was worth featuring.

McVeigh is certainly not the shy and retiring type, and his publishing house is out to make an impact. In its short life so far, Fahrenheit has persuaded Amazon to let it launch a book with no title, commissioned a rock band to write a song for a book (which was then written into the second edition), launched a fruitful ebook club, and successfully campaigned for a more equal proportion of published female crime writers.

These initiatives aren’t just gimmicks; they are backed up by a solid, growing business and a genuine wish to approach the market differently. After beginning life as a digital-only publisher, McVeigh will be launching Fahrenheit’s books as paperbacks at this year’s London Book Fair.

Fahrenheit Press aims to publish 50 books this year, up from the projected number of 24. A strong performance overall, that’s for sure.

I recently spoke to Fahrenheit Press’s driving force, Chris McVeigh, about how the publishing house operates, what kind of authors it takes on, and much more.

Much more.


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