The 10 Fastest Growing Independent Publishers

With the impending cuts to programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowments for the Arts, the future of many small press and independent publishers has been brought into question. However, even with the political turmoil, some independent publishers have risen above the rest and seem to be thriving remarkably over the past few years. Here is a list of the top 10 fastest growing small presses.

 

  1. Nimbus Publishing from Halifax, Canada has grown their revenue 31% from 2014 to 2016. Nimbus only released 32 titles in 2014 as opposed to 48 titles in 2016. Their step-up in international marketing and promotion is likely the biggest contributor to their revenue increase.

 

  1. Graywolf Press from Minneapolis, MN has grown their revenue 49% from 2014 to 2016 despite their number of titles released in 2014 as opposed to 2016 actually staying the same. With the increased revenue, they have gone from 11 employees to 13.

 

  1. Sasquatch Books from Seattle, WA has increased their revenue 55% from 2014 to 2016 despite only releasing 36 titles in 2014 as opposed to 27 titles in 2016. However, their launch of Little Bigfoot, the company’s children’s imprint in 2014 created a significant increase in revenue. With the increased revenue, they have gone from 16 employees to 19.

 

  1. Haymarket Books from Chicago, IL has increased their revenue 67% from 2014 to 2016, releasing 60 titles in 2014 as opposed to 79 titles in 2016 and going from 11 employees in 2014 to 14 employees in 2016. Their strategy has been publishing political and social justice titles. Given the present political climate, their sales have been understandably high.

 

  1. Diversion Books from New York, NY has grown their revenue 67% from 2014 to 2016 with their ventures in Ebook publishing and print distribution for indie authors. They released 60 titles in 2014 as opposed to 79 titles in 2016 and going from 11 employees in 2014 to 14 employees in 2016.

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  1. Page Street Publishing from Salem, MA has grown their revenue 117% from 2014 to 2016, releasing 21 titles in 2014 as opposed to 54 titles in 2016 and going from 6 employees in 2014 to 12 employees in 2016. Page Street maintains an optimistic outlook, upping its title count to around 70 for 2017.

 

  1. Greystone Books from Vancouver, Canada, now we’re getting into the big numbers, has grown their revenue 253% from 2014 to 2016. Like Graywolf Press, Greystone’s number of titles released in 2014 as opposed to 2016 has actually stayed the same at only 20 titles, but they went from 11 employees to 14.

 

  1. Europa Editions from New York, NY has grown their revenue 277% from 2014 to 2016. Like Graywolf and Greystone, Europa’s number of titles released in 2014 as opposed to 2016 has actually stayed the same at only 29 titles, but they went from 3 employees to 4.

 

  1. Callisto Media from Berkeley, CA has grown their revenue 286% from 2014 to 2016, releasing 36 titles in 2014 as opposed to 122 titles in 2016 and going from 24 employees in 2014 to 34 employees in 2016.

 

  1. And, finally, Cottage Door Press from Barrington, IL come in with a whopping 558% increase in revenue from 2014 to 2016, releasing 0 titles in 2014 as opposed to 82 titles in 2016 and going from 9 employees in 2014 to 19 employees in 2016. Their focus on high quality children’s books has given them a great boost in the market with their staff of experienced children’s publishers.

 

With all of the political and economic turmoil, it is certainly nice to see some small presses flourishing.

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