Ignite Books has one simple aim: to find great stories and bring them to you, our readers.
We look for tales that entertain and draw us in, that have something to say about our world, our society, and our common humanity. We make room for voices which would otherwise remain unheard, and we’ve a penchant for narratives that make us laugh out loud, then whip the ground out from under us when we least expect it.
We believe that in this digital age of smart phones and individuation, the art of storytelling and the ties that bind us are as important as ever. Maybe more so. We’re confident that changes in technology bring new opportunities to engage with our audience, and we’re sure that for every reader who adores the convenience of the e-book format, there’s another who loves losing themselves in the printed page. We have books for both.
So, how did we get here?
The germ of the idea that grew into Ignite Books was sown in a simple conversation with the author Joolz Denby. She had a manuscript for a novel which she’d sent to several major publishing companies. We love it, they said. The best thing we’ve read all year they chorused. It’s ballsy, original, accomplished.
We can’t possibly market it. It’s not in genre.
Normally, our righteous indignation at the marketing tail so obviously wagging the publishing dog would fizzle into nothing shortly after the pubs shut, but this time things were different. Blame it on the alignment of the planets, the phase of the moon, or a lifetime spent being contrary – we decided to roll our sleeves up and do something about it. If they wouldn’t publish it, then we would.
And we did. And you can read a couple of the reviews of ‘Wild Thing’ here and here. I think it’s safe to say we stepped in where others missed a trick. Since then, we’ve published accomplished debut novels, vibrant poetry, and exceptional autobiographies, and – so far – we’ve clambered up the learning curve without putting our feet in too much of the stinky stuff, we’ve made a bit of cash, and we’ve had a lot of fun. Above all, we’ve helped authors put their work before you, their audience, when other publishing houses turned them down. And that’s what we intend to continue doing.
Maybe that’s what a reviewer was referring to when she described our existence as an act of defiance. Seems about right. You can never have too many acts of defiance, after all. We hope that what you find here stimulates and inspires you, makes you think and makes you laugh, and reminds you that it’s always good to make time to lose yourself in a great story.