Small run independent publishers
I set up Desk Publishing initially as an imprint for my own literary and visual work after completing my Graphic Design degree. Since then I have branched out into publishing other people's work, and it has been very rewarding. I believe everyone should have a voice, and that sometimes good work doesn't fit within the confines of a mainstream publisher's algorithm. I am looking to help people get their work published who traditionally have been sidelined. This is indeed a business, but I believe in people and fairness. I take a 50:50 cut of sales to provide proofreading, cover design, typesetting, and printing as well as marketing and promotion. We specialise in small print runs 25-150 depending on expected interest. We are intereted in the marginal. I also provide informal mentoring and editing services as appropriate sometimes seeing projects through alongside an author from an early stage of development. In the spirit of equanimity, I ask for a 50:50 contribution towards print costs, which will be your only outgoing. We are a small company for real people. This is not a vanity publishing venture, where you would pay all the costs. I have to believe in a project to work on it. Saying that, all kinds of work are considered and welcomed. However we can only take one client on at a time to focus best on whoever is currently in development, so there is a waiting list. Click the button below to find out submission guidelines for your literary, non-fiction, poetry, fine art, photography, or almost any other kind of work. Alternatively scroll down to see current projects.
DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
BY OMAR MAJEED
Desk Publishing 2020
"Majeed's epic adventure through the Dewey Decimal system is a one-sided conversation as he ponders life, the universe and everything, through the library classification. It flows with wit and energy, questions and quandaries, and is full of the cultural philosophies of our times." Lesley Ingram, author of "Scumbled"
This book of poetry combines playful inquiry and unrepentant solipsism to make for an amusing and stimulating quasi-biographical read. The expanded second edition now features full-colour cover and even more wild speculations, quirky insights, and anecdotes full of offhand pathos.
"Majeed's epic adventure through the Dewey Decimal system is a one-sided conversation as he ponders life, the universe and everything, through the library classification. It flows with wit and energy, questions and quandaries, and is full of the cultural philosophies of our times I'll have to go vegan./(Plants are living things/too.) I'll just have to die/then."
Lesley J Ingram, author of Ekphrasis as Translation
Omar Majeed was born in Crewe where the trains change, and grew up if that’s what you call it, in Hereford. He escaped to London for a while but was summoned back, and now lives again in Hereford with his wife and daughter, and a grey cat named Smog.
001 000 Knowledge
We don’t know
What we know
Until we begin.
Out from 20th October via Desk Publishing
Gareth Postans is a skinhead with an imagination that will dazzle and a dark sense of humour that will make you laugh and then feel bad about laughing. He believes boundaries are for pushing and rules are made to be broken.. his new book Dark Tales is live now on kickstarter and he needs your input. Have a look now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darktales/dark-tales-0?ref=user_menu
Portfolio of Work
We r all one, we always win
Selected poetry 2000-2010
"This is the day
I fill the page,
so tough to mark,
so easy to erase;
I've tried before,
but now I can say,
this is the day
I fill the page."
A Town Like This Needs a Holiday
Desk Publishing 2018
Anna is a struggling artist who works in a cafe. She is growing apart from her friend Sophie but another friend Lily is trying to keep them all together. They end up going on a day trip to nearby Canmouth where their friendship reaches a tipping point.
Richard is in his mid thirties and lives with his wife Catherine in a flat by the river. He is off work with a back injury and looking after the neighbour's dog. Catherine wants to try for a child but he's unsure whether he is ready.
A moment of crisis brings these parallel lives together.
Dark - a novella
Out of print
Transgressive novella written under a pseudonym, David Marshall Mahoney. Thomas Peterson, retired footballer self-medicates for a knee injury and is living his life polyaddicted and attending appointments with a therapist, when a mysterious phonecall brings his past into the present and sends him careering into London's seedy underbelly on a mission of mercy. Existentialist noir.
Dewey decimal system
Desk Publishing 2020
We don’t know
what we know
until we begin.
(Prose poetry musings on everything under the sun)
"I'd like to tell my little story, before I turn to gold"