October Publisher of the Month: Otago Publishing
Otago Publishing, founded in 2006, are an interesting and welcome addition to the Scottish publishing scene. What kind of publisher are they? They are small, independent, and based in Glasgow. And they like it that way. Author Rodge Glass recently interviewed them for the List Magazine where they revealed "they plan to keep to very few books a year, concentrating all their efforts on those they passionately believe in." The initial emphasis will be on fiction. While they are only interested in publishing a few titles per year, their horizons are wide - while proud of their Glasgow base, they aim to publish writers from across Europe and the globe too.
Their first book appeared earlier this year. Invisible Islands, by well-known Scottish author Angus Peter Campbell, has been described in the New Statesman magazine as 'a stunning result'. The Independent on Sunday's Tom Boncza-Tomaszewsky has described it as "a very special little book indeed... ". Invisible Islands was inspired by the work of Calvino and Borges. The writing is powerful, independent and imaginative. Above all, it is very different from anything else that has been published in Scotland this year. Which suits Otago just fine. They hope to continue to publish more unique literary gems like Invisible Islands. Keep an eye on them!