Adventurous Publishing – Sam Jordison


‘I have mixed feelings with social media… I hope there is still a place for the writers that want to close themselves in the garage and write books.’

Sam Jordison knows well how to communicate with readers. He reviews books for The Guardian (what many would consider this a dream-job) and has set the famous Not The Booker Prize, which gives awards to books based on the preferences of the audience.  He also enjoys promotting unique talent through his own indie publishing house, Galley Beggar Press.

If you want advice on how to reach a larger audience or are curious about the secrets of the publishing world (have you ever thought about setting your own publishing house?) this is for you!


What can you find in this interview?

-Reviewing books.

-Using social media to promote your writing.

-Setting your own publishing house.


Do you want to know more about Sam Jordison?

-Check out his twitter.

-Check out his publishing house, Galley Beggar Press. (They have a short story competition!)


Many thanks to our meticulous editor, Terry Garanhel and to the founder and sponsor of the programme, Yvonne Battle-Felton. And, of course, to Sam Jordison, who kindly agreed to do this interview. He gave us a great insight into the publishinh world and also has put us in contact with many cool writers – you’ll hear about them soon! So thank you very much and we hope you keep discovering and publishing amazing authors!



Giving voice to the other – Gary J Flood

Gary J Flood

‘If you’re a creative person you want an audience, and publishing can be the way to get one’. Gary J Flood expresses with this sentence the ambition – and necessity – of many writers. He’s very aware, though, that the literary genre he writes in – Slipstream – is not for everyone. But he confesses he’d be happy to just have five – devoted – readers.

Gary has a background in Philosophy and Rhetoric and currently makes a living as a journalist and content creator in business and technology. He was an early admirer of the Lancaster University Creative Writing MA, and finally decided to start it in 2013 because ‘your life it’s what you actually did… you’ve to do stuff‘.

He is also an avid and eclectic reader – Albert Camus, Peter Watts, William Golding… One of his literary obsessions is giving a voice to ‘the other’ in literature. That included, for example, writing a short story set in the The Lord of The Rings‘ world from the perspective of an Orc.

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