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MidnightSun celebrates fifth birthday

Adelaide-based small press MidnightSun is celebrating its fifth birthday on 10 February.

The publisher began in 2012 with the launch of founder Anna Solding’s novel The Hum of Concrete. ‘Because we knew we’d make lots of mistakes as a new publisher, we thought it safest to make them with my book. In the end, it all worked fabulously and the book was very well received,’ Solding told Books+Publishing.

Since then, MidnightSun has published a variety of books in various genres, from literary fiction to children’s picture books.

Solding said her highlights ‘have been so many and varied, including selling overseas rights to two of our beautiful books and for one of them, One Step at a Time by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich, to be picked as an Honour Book at the CBCA Awards’.

‘But for me personally, to call writers up to tell them that we want to publish their manuscripts and to liaise and them, to create gorgeous, interesting and challenging books and see them reach their readers are the biggest highlights,’ said Solding.

Cashflow has been the biggest challenge for the publisher ‘and that is still the area where we are occasionally struggling’, said Solding.

MidnightSun has celebrated its anniversary with a party, and is currently holding a sale through its website. Solding is also looking forward to a busy 2017, with seven new titles planned, including several short-story collections, picture books and a middle grade novel.

Read our Small Publisher Spotlight with MidnightSun here.


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