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Meet the Member: Wordcatcher Publishing
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1 What's your company called?

Wordcatcher Publishing.

2 What do you publish?

Historical and literary fiction, history, poetry, artists’ portfolios, children’s, business and current affairs.

3 What's the story of the company?

The company was set up by David Norrington in 2016, but built on years of experience working in self-publishing. We offer a hybrid publishing solution, either charging where a title may lack commercial scope or accepting low or no financial contribution when we believe there is a mutual commercial gain to be made.

4 How's business?

We’ve published more than 100 titles in our first full year and have plans to grow further—including through acquisition or joint ventures.

5 What do you enjoy about being independent?

The ability to take on titles that are interesting, challenging and fun. Being agile enough to make decisions and get moving quickly on books that we think will sell. And being able to take a more altruistic approach to publishing some titles—not purely for profit but for artistic merit.

6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?

Getting titles noticed in a noisy world.

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

Nail down your supply chain early on, and make sure that metadata is at the heart of your thinking.

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

Great contacts and plugging gaps in Wordcatcher’s supply chain.

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