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Nov 15, 2023
James Daunt calls him "the best of the best in U.K. publishing, constantly challenging the industry to move on when it drags its feet." Listen to my conversation with Andrew Franklin to learn why.
Andrew is founder and,
until recently, publisher of Profile Books, an award-winning
British independent publishing house which launched in 1996.
Best-selling authors on its list include Mary Beard, Margaret
Macmillan, Simon Garfield (Just my Type), and Lynne Truss,
whose Eats, Shoots, Leaves (2003) sold more than three
million copies worldwide and won Book of the Year at the British
Book Awards in 2004. Serpent’s Tail, founded by Pete Ayrton in
1986, became an imprint of Profile in 2007. It publishes
distinctive, award-winning international fiction. Viper Books, a
crime imprint, was added in 2019.
I met with Andrew at Profile's offices in London. We talk about, among other things, how much he made off Eats, Shoots, Leaves; selling paperbacks at Hatchards; Tim Waterstone; my tee-shirt; admiration as a key component of successful publishing; conviction and effort, judgement and horse-racing; taste and fashion; tee-shirt designer briefs; "content before commerce;" risk; rom-com; Hilary Mantel; the importance of style versus substance; Goethe; marketing, distribution and sales; taking books seriously; getting the right books into the right hands; freedom of the press; Butler to the World; non-conformism; and Mary Beard's Emperor of Rome.
You might want to pay special attention to how Andrew speaks about Mary Beard and her book. And Margaret Macmillan for that matter. The enthusiasm, vigour, conviction. Belief.
They're trademarks of all great publishers.
THE BIBLIO FILE is a podcast about "the book," and an inquiry into the wider world of book culture. Hosted by Nigel Beale it features wide ranging, long-form conversations with best practitioners inside the book trade and out - from writer to reader. Why listen? The hope is that it will help you to read, write, publish, edit, design, and collect better, and improve how you communicate serious, big, necessary, new, good ideas and stories...