I’ve just reviewed Emma Jane Unsworth‘s novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything, published by Manchester’s newest independent, Hidden Gem. Confidential has an interview with the Gem’s director, Sherry Ashworth, who set up the imprint:
Still it’s a big risk. The number of come-and-gone regional publishers seems never-ending over the last two decades. All arrive with fresh hope and then quickly disappear after the initial blaze of glory, or in many cases when the funding gets pulled, from whatever quango or arts council pot it came from.
‘I think Hidden Gem will be different from many other regional publishing operations, because we will be completely independent,’ says Ashworth. ‘We’re, my husband and I, doing it with our own money, we have no grant, just our experience and native cunning. And also, we hope, we have the writers.’
If everyone they publish is in Emma’s league, Hidden Gem should be around for a long time yet.