Publishing news: Taking a break

Paper Road Press is taking a break from publishing new books

After three years of publishing exciting new SFFH fiction in Aotearoa New Zealand, Paper Road Press is taking a break.

This has been a difficult decision to make. Running a small press is a hard job, but one that has many rewards: I’m immensely proud to have helped local authors see their work in print, and it’s been fantastic to see Paper Road Press books win awards both in New Zealand and across the ditch. Sadly, I am no longer able to sustain the time, energy and financial commitment required to do justice to new releases.

So, what’s next?

Although we are taking a break from publishing any new books, sales, marketing and publicity work will continue for existing Paper Road Press titles.

There is a Perth book launch in the works for At the Edge (Eds. Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray) later this year, and keen readers can keep an eye out for reviews of both At the Edge and our other recent release, Paul Mannering’s Pisces of Fate, in Australasian media.

All Paper Road Press books remain in print in New Zealand, distributed by Greene Phoenix Marketing & PDL, and our ebooks and paperbacks also remain available worldwide.

We’re planning to run regular promos, and will keep you up to date with news about what our authors are getting up to next. Meanwhile, I’m excited to see the news that Steam Press has been acquired by Eunoia Publishing, and are running a short story competition at the moment.

Thank you

Aotearoa New Zealand has a strong community of speculative fiction authors whose creativity, professionalism and sheer joy in writing and engaging with SFFH has made running Paper Road Press over the last three years a pleasure.

Huge thanks to everyone who has joined Paper Road Press on the journey so far: to our authors, and the cover artists and proofreaders who made their books shine; to our publicist, Elizabeth Heritage, and all the reviewers and journalists who supported Paper Road Press’ new releases; to everyone who ever backed one of our Kickstarter or PledgeMe campaigns, helping our books come to life; to the New Zealand spec fic community; and, of course, to our readers.

You’ve been fantastic.

This post was edited on 8 July 2016.