"Australian creatives are every bit as good as their counterparts overseas," Paul tells me. Unfortunately, Paul believes that the Australian Publishing Industry is too insular. "Were it not for micro presses like Ford Street, it would be nigh impossible to get published in Australia," he says. "Some publishers are booked up till 2024. That's a long time ahead. Writers can't survive as it is, much less waiting for years to see their book published. I'm not a fan of publishers telling authors if they don't hear back from them within three months to take it that their manuscripts have been rejected, either. Authors should be respected, and this isn't showing respect in any sense of the word."
Ford Street Publishing respects its authors. Authors are supported and nurtured throughout the entire publishing process. In fact, Paul works personally with many of Ford Street's authors, giving special attention to those who have not yet been published. And he's assisted in his work by an amazing team. "I have a great team around me," Paul explains. "Several are former Penguin employees. When you commission such people it's like having a major publisher's staff working for you. Once books are published I send out review books and post on social media reviews and do my level best to get their work known to booksellers by sending out info sheets to around 600 booksellers. I have a large database to which a newsletter is sent every six weeks or so."
Ford Street's Authors
"Many of my books feature animals or the natural environment," Mark explains. "The links to learning about the importance of nature and ecosystems are clear with this title; and I have been delighted that we have been able to make a real contribution to community awareness of the diversity of animals in the Amazon jungle and by default, the need to protect the fragility of our world's rainforests and creatures." Read here to discover more about Mark and his books.
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"Ordering books online direct from publishers' websites is the best way to support them," Paul Collins says. "Ordering books from municipal libraries is another good way, reviewing their books on Goodreads and wherever else they can. There are many ways to support the smaller presses."
So come on, Australia! Let's go local, and read local by supporting our local authors too.