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The Turnpike Press is an independent, ethical non-fiction publisher. We publish books that encourage positive social change. Our books are collectively sponsored by those who share our vision of a more peaceful, equal, honest and sustainable world.
In 1675 Sir Edwin Rich gave £200 to improve the road that passes our door. As one of Britain’s first toll roads, it was then maintained by those who paid to travel along it. The Turnpike Press follows that tradition to enable our authors and readers to reach their goals.
The world of publishing is fast evolving and increasingly difficult to navigate. We strive to seamlessly blend editorial integrity with commercial reality. Our experience is that if you wish to see a book published that supports a cause you believe in, others will support you and it will happen.
‘Why not share your vision for a better world with us and let’s travel the road together’?
A BOOK WITHOUT READERS IS LIKE A BUS WITHOUT PASSENGERS
As an author you want to be sure your book is going to get read, gather momentum and inspire change. The major publishing houses will only take a book if they’re confident it will sell well.
Self-publishing may look attractive, but even when professionally produced, promoted and presented, you may struggle to generate sales for your book. But you have knowledge and experience to share, that can help change people’s lives. We think we have the answer.
Our approach is different. We will work with you to clearly define the difference your book is going to make in the world. We will help you identify organisations that can benefit from the change your book will encourage. Then together, we will win their support in the shape of advance orders.
Feedback from your marketplace might lead you to change tack, and that’s OK. Once we know we have support for your book, we will do everything a good publisher does to edit, print and take to market. Your early supporters will probably be happy to write reviews. These will help with publicity.
Finally, our editorial integrity is important to us. Your book has to catch our attention first!