Comma Press at Bradford Literature Festival

What is Indie Publishing?

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25 June 2022

About the event

With so many potential publishing options available today, it’s difficult to know what’s best for your book – but help is at hand!
How do ‘mainstream’ and independent publishing differ, and how might an author’s publishing journey be different depending on the nature of the publisher (whether indie or not)?
Our panel, featuring Kevin Duffy of indie publisher Bluemoose Books, Comma Press Editor Ra Page, and Habiba Desai and Sara Razzaq of Fox & Windmill will explore how independent publishing compares with more traditional routes, and how you can make the right choice for your manuscript.

Ra Page

Ra is the founder and Editorial Manager of Comma Press. He’s the editor of numerous anthologies, including The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories (Penguin, 1999), co-editor of The New Uncanny (winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, 2008) and Litmus, voted one of 2011’s books of the year by The Observer. Between 2004 and 2013 he was also the coordinator of Literature Northwest, a support agency for independent publishers in the region (until it formally merged with Comma). He also coordinates Comma Film, an on-going film adaptation project which regularly commissions filmmakers and animators to adapt short literary texts (poems and short stories). He is a former journalist, having been Deputy Editor for City Life magazine, and a former Director of Manchester Poetry Festival. His critical work has been published in The Journal of the Short Story in English, and he’s been a producer, co-writer and co-director on a number of short film projects. He read Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford and has an MA in English from the University of Manchester.