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Papercut Press

14th Mar 2012

Papercut Press

The Papercut Press website has a strong sense of revolution in its bold red background and sleek black and white logo dominating the first half of the page.

The site looks incredibly professional alongside displaying a totally unique format of presentation, proving that you don’t have to be among the global publishers to be important.

The site’s manifesto is proudly displayed in huge capital letters at the bottom of the page:

“Our authors are under-represented writers who choose to operate outside of the traditional publishing system”

The importance of the writers is proudly emphasised in this mission statement, and it is this that makes the company stand out; oh so often publishers seem to forget that if it were not for the writers, the company would not exist – this is not the case with Papercut Press.

They describe their writers as “creative partners” which seems to ensure that the writer is given a significant amount of control and influence over the publication of their work.

This is an element that makes the independent publishing route so appealing as the creativity and originality of the work is never over shadowed or changed by the publishing process.

The site seems to emphasis one publication at a time, meaning that there is no element of ‘showing off’ all the work they have published.

The current work upon display is The Narrows by M. Craig. Watch this space for a full review of this, described as a “queer cycling steampunk tour de force!” 

It’s a pretty unique piece of writing by anyone’s standards, and a very unlikely subject for a mainstream publishing house to take on, proving that Papercut press are not only an alternative to mainstream publishing, but are more than likely the better option if you want to publish something so completely unique.

The art work for The Narrows is, quite frankly, stunning, so much so that you are able to buy a poster of it from Etsy which I would personally spend my own money on, I like it that much.

Vintage with a contemporary twist, the cover art seems like a really important part of the book itself; refreshing at a time when few authors have control over their cover art, often leading to misrepresentations of the novel itself.

This is a cover that draws you in, showing that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, and it’s just one of the many aspects of Papercut Press that shows how important author input is.

Papercut Press is a publishing house which is going places. Though based outside of New York City, I can imagine this independent publishes eventually working with authors worldwide and bringing a breath of fresh air to the business of publishing.

Redefining publishing, putting an emphasis upon author input, and bringing a new found acceptance of alternative literature, I firmly support the approaching revolution.

Gina Kershaw