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Port Adelaide - home of Ginninderra Press since 2008

Ginninderra is part of Canberra's Belconnen area, in which Ginninderra Press operated for its first twelve years before moving to Port Adelaide in 2008. Ginninderra is an Aboriginal word said to mean 'throwing out little rays of light’.

Ginninderra Press, described in The Canberra Times as 'versatile and visionary', is an independent book publisher set up in 1996 to provide opportunities for new and emerging authors as well as for authors writing in unfashionable genres or on non-mainstream subjects. The press recognises that there are many more worthwhile manuscripts than mainstream publishers can publish. Many of its titles have won awards.

All Ginninderra Press titles go through an editorial selection and review process; only a small proportion of titles is accepted for publication. Where relevant, evidence of peer review is expected. Previous publication is looked on favourably but is not essential.

Ginninderra Press chooses to operate without any direct subsidies from the public purse. The press believes that works requiring subsidies are of their nature likely to be only marginally commercially viable and subsidies encourage over-production. Because it receives no direct subsidies and chooses to publish non-mainstream works, Ginninderra Press of necessity operates on a very limited budget.

Ginninderra Press recognises the fact that many people have good ideas for books but cannot get them published, either because of their inexperience in preparing manuscripts or because the potential sales are insufficient to interest a conventional publisher. Ginninderra Press offers expert editing and proofreading, as well as design and lay out services.

What makes Ginninderra Press really different, however, is its use of economical formats to publish books of specialist interest and to market them directly to small target readerships. After collaborating with writers in the creative development of their ideas, Ginninderra Press will design and lay out manuscripts, devise and implement appropriate direct marketing strategies and then print and bind copies to order.

For longer manuscripts, Ginninderra Press also offers a partnership publishing option, details of which are available on request.

Ginninderra Press is owned by Stephen Matthews, who has had extensive experience in teaching, bookselling and editing. After graduating from Cambridge University, Stephen was a teacher in the UK and Australia for nearly twenty years. He then had a very successful bookselling career. Stephen contributed book reviews, author profiles and articles to The Canberra Times and Australian Book Review for many years and has written manuscript reports for several large publishers. He has been a judge for literary awards and competitions and for many years was involved with the organisation of the Word Festival Canberra.

In 2003, Stephen received a Centenary Medal for his ‘contribution to the writing community and ongoing support for local authors’. In October 1997, he won a Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature for his ‘tireless contribution to the writing community’. Stephen compiled ‘How Did the Fire Know We Lived Here?’, a best-selling collection of stories about the January 2003 Canberra bushfires which raised over $73,000 for the Bushfire Recovery Appeal. He also edited Eye of the Soul, a collection of interviews with writers for children and young adults.

Benefits of being published by Ginninderra Press
- widely respected, award-winning imprint established for over sixteen years
- marketing support and advice, including free colour flyer/order forms and launch invitations
- inclusion on Ginninderra Press website, with link to author’s website (where available)
- opportunities for participation in events exclusive to Ginninderra Press authors (such as readings and forums, as well as other special projects)
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