Austin, Texas is home to more than just South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival and delicious breakfast tacos. Austinites have always gone their own way and currently they are maintaining their independent streak with a burgeoning literary side. This Hill Country city has earned a spot as one of the US’s 12 best places for book lovers. Check out Austin’s literary side with their ten best independent book publishers.
Run out of a little office in East Austin, A Strange Object Press was founded in 2012 by Jill Meyers and Callie Collins, two experienced literary editors. This indie press has dedicated itself to ‘surprising, heartbreaking fiction alongside thoughtful ephemeral’ — literary works that take big risks and push the limits. They keep the number of published works very small, committing to authors and literature that they fully believe in. Works worth looking into are Katie Chase’s Man and Wife, a collection of stories following women through common rites of passage, and Nicholas Grider’s Misadventure, a collection that explores the desires and conflicts between men.
Eakin Publications, Inc. was launched in 1979 as a trade-book publisher in Burnet. The company relocated to Austin in 1983 and its output reached a total of 250 books in print. Though its bread and butter are Texana topics (Texas history and culture), Eakin has come to include contemporary fiction and literary nonfiction. In 2013, Eakin Press was acquired by Wild Horse Media Group; the Fort Worth-based company has become the largest publisher of Texana in the world. Current available titles include the historical fiction A Paradise Called Texas, fictional biography Girl of the Alamo, and the newly released biography Sam Houston: A Study in Leadership.
Wild Horse Media Group, P.O. Box 331779, Fort Worth, TX, USA, + 1 888 982 8270
Langmarc Publishing started over two decades ago producing inspirational trade books and church resources. They have since expanded into both fiction and non-fiction works and are proud to maintain a family-friendly, ‘G’ rating on all their books. Langmarc now produces books on recovery, like Reach to Recovery: Depression Anonymous; religious themes, like Living Life Twice: A Second Chance at Adulthood; mysteries like Whispering Stones; and non-fiction secular works like When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging.
Langmarc Publishing, 7500 Shadowridge Run, Unit 28, Austin, TX, USA, + 1 512 394 0989
Bard Press is the brainchild of Ray Bard, a writer with a sturdy track record in authoring books for over thirty years. Bard established this company in 1982 and produced a string of national bestsellers. Currently available works include the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, The Little Red Book of Selling by #1 sales trainer Jeffrey Gitomer, and the inexplicable but refreshing The Full Plate Diet.
A little press with a fantastic name, Write Bloody was founded in 2004 with the vision of publishing and promoting touring poets. The press now has over 50 authors and 111 titles in its stable, with more than poetry available for purchase. Stand-out titles include poetry collections/anthologies Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and Multiverse: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry of Superhuman Proportions, children’s book Valentine the Porcupine Dances Funny, and YA novel Dive: The Life and Fight of Reba Tutt.