or, ‘what Jamie thinks you should do, and in what order, to make books happen in this crazy modern world’

Those familiar with my output on the subject of small press publishing will be bracing themselves for a lot of financial talk in this article, at least one graph, and…


“Question Mark“ by Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, photographed by Leo Reynolds

Last week I posted ‘A One-Page Business Plan for a One-Person Publishing Company’, and since then there’s been the usual deluge of comments, queries and requests in my inbox. Rather than answering everyone individually, I thought I’d collate all the extra information into a new post — so here we…


Or, how you can make £24k a year from small press publishing, ethically and sensibly, with minimal headaches and a 20-hour working week. No, really.

Though it’s been a few years since I ran Valley Press entirely on my own, for some reason I find myself coming back to the…


Indie publishing has always delivered its fair share of horror stories; sadly, most of them involve booksellers and percentage points, rather than spooky clowns, sexy werewolves and so on. …


In this sequel to the now-legendary series ‘Small Press Publishing for Profit’, Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry shares his answer to a rarely-asked question: if your publishing house had fifteen full-time staff, what would they all do?

Now we just need the publishers… (Photo: Benjamin Child)

Last year, when I wrote ‘Small Press Publishing for Profit’ (see parts 1


The ideas in this post, written in September 2016, served me well for a couple of years, and got me to the point of being able to take on some permanent staff and turn my business into a Limited Company. I hope you find them useful.

I’ve heard the following…


A follow-up to this recent post, which examined the performance of thirty-one small press publications, looking at units sold vs. profit for each. Below, I answer some questions that have arisen since the original article.

Can I ask where the *other* genres, besides single-author poetry collections, appeared on your graph?


A post in which Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry attempts to apply some of the thinking behind ‘big data’ — and data analysis in general — to the world of small-press publishing, using only four charts (we promise).

Mention ‘big data’ to a high-flying publishing CEO and they will rub…


The long-awaited fifth and sixth installments of a series in which Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry reveals his tried-and-tested formula for making a living as a self-employed literary publisher. This week: what to do after you’ve broken even, and how to re-invest the results.

A prosperous-looking young publisher speaking on a panel at the Northern Short Story Festival. (Photo: Raj Passy)

Back in the spring, I wrote…


The fourth installment of a series in which Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry reveals his tried-and-tested formula for making a living as a self-employed literary publisher. This week: pricing books, print economics, and overheads.

A complete selection of titles published by Valley Press between 2011 and 2015 — some big, some small. (Photo: David Chalmers)

This series began by explaining how a ‘small press publisher’ could make £3 from the sale…

Jamie McGarry

Founder @valleypress. Have mostly written here about small press publishing, but am starting to branch out. Stay with me, people!

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