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When you make a zine or other small book, there are a few things to think about when it comes to either self-publishing or using a small press. The main points being make sure the quality is up to standard, use a good printer and/or printer company and most importantly make sure you are happy with the work. (info here x)
Getting work out into the world can be one of the bigger challenges but thanks to a rise in the number of zines and books being made, there has also been a rise in Zine fairs, for example the Bristol Comic and Zine fair that showcases work from around the Bristol area.
A list of zine fairs from around the world can be found here
After looking at some small “Indie” presses I found a few that interested me :
- NoBrow Press– “striven both to bring fresh, young talent to wider audiences, as well as to remind the world of the great talents that have been producing stunning work for many years.”, NoBrow generally welcome a wide range of illustration styles and book themes with a specific interest in contemporary illustration and “has sought to make great design, ground-breaking art and narrative, luscious production values and environmental consciousness central to its mission.”
- SelfMadeHero– ” a quirky independent publishing house committed to producing ground-breaking work in the graphic novel medium”, SelfMadeHero specialize in graphic novels with other genres on the side and they employ a fair number of in-house artists. They seem to take a subject and make a series of it in a different style to previously imagined.
- Salt– “one of the UK’s leading independent publishing houses, established in 1999”, Salt seem to deal more with larger novels and seem to be aimed more at adults in general, although they do have children’s poetry section.