1 What's your company called?
2 What do you publish?
Law, tax and finance books, mainly for lawyers and tax specialists, and some postgraduate course texts. We also have a section of business history and biography for a wider audience.
3 What's the story of the company?
I [Carl Upsall] set the business up in 2003 with my wife, Jill, after 14 years of publishing law books, starting at the Law Society in 1989. Jill is a tax lawyer and Chartered Tax Adviser, so it made sense to tap her expertise and contacts in the profession. I had had a spell at the Industrial Society and knew the employment law sector, so that shaped the direction of the business.
4 How's business?
A perpetual struggle with schedules when coaxing manuscripts from busy professionals! The demand for the printed book has been surprisingly resilient when so much else is delivered online, but in the last couple of years I have seen more demand for digital downloads.
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
The flexibility of working for myself, and freedom from time-wasting corporate demands. Long-term projects are more likely to see fruition rather than being overtaken by changes to corporate strategy plans.
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
In the professional sector the dominance of three very big players who have invested heavily in online services.
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Remember that you are risking your own money: be patient and watch cashflow.
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
A peer group to talk to and learn from. I have had a few occasions when I have had to declare my ignorance, and usually there has been someone in the IPG to point me in the right direction.Visit the Spiramus Press website