Publishing and Consultancy
It’s exactly a year since Caroline and I first started talking seriously about setting up Red Button, over a post-London Book Fair pizza. When we first worked together over a decade ago, drinks after work would invariably lead to the firm pledge: ‘One day we’ll set up our OWN publishing company!’ But it wasn’t until the advent of digital publishing that this became a realistic prospect.
This time last year we started attending Byte the Book, the digital publishing soirées run by Justine Solomons. The first meeting at the Ivy Club was an intimate affair – so much so that we were able to sit around in a circle and share our opinions about what was happening to books. Within weeks word had spread: Justine was attracting powerful players to speak on the panel (past speakers have included Canongate boss Jamie Byng, Random House digital wizard Dan Franklin and Chris Maples, UK MD of Spotify) and the monthly networking sessions were standing-room only. Being part of Byte the Book gave us the confidence to go ahead and set up Red Button.
Justine is passionate about book publishing and brilliant at introducing authors to people who can help them find an audience. She told us about a book she loved and desperately wanted to see published: The Anchoress, a novella by Paul Blaney, Justine’s former creative-writing tutor. We were bewitched by the strange, funny, touching story and signed it up as our second Red Button publication.
You can read more about The Anchoress here. We’re really looking forward to publishing this terrific book next month.