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Friday, 06 May 2011
Independent publishers: how do they survive? Janet van Eeden interviews Gary Cummiskey
For some years I’ve wondered how on earth publishers survive in this less than literary country. Perhaps the one or two bestsellers likeSpud can make up for the years of publishing books which won’t necessarily do as well. Then I began to think about independent publishers. How on earth do they manage to make ends meet when they have no back-up or a large stable of books to carry them through the tough times? I decided to ask two of this country’s most indomitable publishers how they kept going. I’ve put these questions to Gary Cummiskey, the sole proprietor of Dye Hard Press, to kick off the debate. More indie publishers will comment soon...Read more here
Dye Hard Press is a small publisher in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1994 it has published more than 20 titles, including work by Alan Finlay, Phillip Zhuwao, Arja Salafranca, Gus Ferguson, Kobus Moolman, Gail Dendy, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Khulile Nxumalo and Pravasan Pillay.
Dye Hard Press publications are distributed by Bacchus Books.
A collection of short stories by Pravasan Pillay. Available at select bookstores countrywide, estimated retail price R190. Also available directly from the publisher. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Recent title from Modjaji Books and Dye Hard Press
Beyond Touch is Arja Salafranca's third poetry collection and was published in collaboration with Modjaji Books in May 2015. Email email@example.com to order.
Title from Dye Hard Press
A revised and expanded edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?, edited by Gary Cummiskey and Eva Kowalska. Available directly from the publisher for R160, including postage (South Africa).
Title from Dye Hard Press
Off-ramp, Gary Cummiskey's debut collection of short fiction. Cost is R150, including postage, directly from the publisher.
The Secret Hour, Dye Hard Press, Johannesburg,1994 Lost in a World, Dye Hard Press, 1994 Conspiracies of the Interior, Dye Hard Press, 1994 Visitations, Dye Hard Press, 1995 River of Dreams, Dye Hard Press, 1995 City, Sun Belly Press, Johannesburg, 1995 When Apollinaire Died, Firfield Press, Cape Town, 1996 Head(with Roy Blumenthal), Dye Hard Press, 1998 Reigning Gloves, Dye Hard Press, 2000 Bog Docks, Dye Hard Press, 2005 April in the Moon-Sun, Dye Hard Press, 2006 Today is their Creator, Dye Hard Press, 2008 Who was Sinclair Beiles? (co-edited with Eva Kowalska), Dye Hard Press, 2009 and 2015 Romancing the Dead, Tearoom Books, Durban, 2009 Sky Dreaming, Graffiti Kolkata, India, 2011
I Remain Indoors, Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2013
Off-ramp, Dye Hard Press, 2013
Don't Stop Until Incinerated, Tearoom Books, Stockholm, 2016
In Naked Field, Concrete Meat Press, Leicester, England, 2019
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