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Meet the Member: Claret Press
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1 What's your company called?

Claret Press.

2 What do you publish?

We publish mostly Young Adult crossover books—but in truth, whatever catches my fancy. So we’ve done children’s books and a business book as well.

3 What's the story of the company?

I [Katie Isbester] was quite ill with cancer and after I got better I decided to publish books the way they should be published: with high levels of contact between authors and editor, quality production and a sense of community.

4 How's business?

Slow—but that’s OK too.

5 What do you enjoy about being independent?

I get to take books that no one else wants but I think should see the light of day, and then I take them to the global market. It doesn’t always work, but when it does it puts a smile on my face.

6 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?

If I ever took advice from anyone I wouldn’t be a publisher—so don't listen to everything people tell you!

7 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?

I have just joined, but I hope to meet people who are similarly passionate about publishing and with whom I can share information and laughs.

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