Elsewhen Press is a newly established independent publisher of Speculative Fiction. Based in the UK, in the South East of England, Elsewhen Press will publish titles in English in digital and print editions, adopting a digital-first policy for most titles and a digital-only policy for some. We love books, so we pride ourselves on the quality of our books, not only in terms of the content (which is down to the authors of course, although our editors feel they deserve some recognition too!), but also in terms of the quality of the finished book (the cover, layout, feel, smell, longevity and all those other qualities – tangible and intangible – that together define the final product that you hold in your hand) including electronic editions that are ultimately constrained by the features of the e-reader that you are using.
As a small independent publisher Elsewhen Press has high ambitions even though we do not have the sort of budget that the large publishers enjoy. That means we are careful about how we use our limited resources. So we aim for quality rather than quantity. We believe that Readers deserve the opportunity to read good stories whether they have been penned by a new unknown writer or a bestselling Author with many titles under their belt. There is a plethora of publishers, big and small, who are happy to publish work from an established writer with an existing fan-base; there is a paucity of publishers who are keen to take the risk of debut work. Never ones to follow the herd, therefore, we will be concentrating on new writers!
We believe that being a publisher entails first and foremost providing a service to both Author and Reader. We are a business but that shouldn’t mean that the bottom-line undermines that service.
For our Readers
Reading is an amazing experience that can transport you to different worlds, different times, allowing you to inhabit different minds and bodies. That is especially true for Speculative Fiction, which also seems to attract the most intelligent and thoughtful Readers. So we aim to offer our potential Readers a choice of intelligently written titles, well presented, at a reasonable price.
Part of the service that a publisher undertakes to provide to Readers is discovering well-written stories and making them available in a form that is appropriate and desirable. Some Readers prefer the feel of a newly printed book, the smell of the pages as you riffle them for the first time, the excitement of opening a pristine book, the weight in your hand (if you fall into this category, like us, we don’t need to say any more and you’re probably already drooling!) On the other hand, some Readers feel empowered by eBooks, being able to carry their entire library around with them, especially if they have limited shelf-space, or being able to increase the font size as their eyes get tired (or older). We understand that all Readers are different and have a variety of needs, so we will publish books in print and electronic editions.
Our commitment to our Readers is:
• to offer a choice of intelligently written titles, well presented;
however we will not compromise on quality for the sake of quantity;
• to publish books in print and electronic editions;
• to offer our books for sale at a price that is fair to both Reader and Author.
For our Authors
Authors have a responsibility to their Readers to deliver an amazing reading experience. At the same time publishers have a responsibility to their Authors to ensure they are able to deliver that experience to their Readers. It is our aim to enable Authors to achieve that, with the help of our editors, designers and other personnel who can turn the Author’s manuscript into a well presented, professionally produced, book. As publishers, we work with an Author (and their agent) to develop what we believe will be the most effective way to deliver their story to the Readers, offering a fair return to the Author.
Elsewhen Press is an imprint of Alnpete Limited.