Small Press Points: Bleeding Heart Publications

From the September/October 2015 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

With an editorial team based in Bangkok, Thailand, and a commitment to publishing English-language writers from all over the world, Bleeding Heart Publications ( offers an international spin on independent publishing. Established last year by Scottish expat Gordon Ross and U.S. writer Cali Dawson, the press will publish four to eight titles each year, specializing in fiction and nonfiction. While the editors work in Bangkok, Bleeding Heart books are distributed by Greenleaf Book Group, an Austin, Texas–based small-press publisher and distributor. “We understand some writers’ and agents’ hesitancy to work with us due to the fact that we are located in Asia and we are so very new,” says Dawson, the press’s managing director. “But our record stands for itself. We are committed to each author we publish and are very transparent…. I have personally made the effort and time to meet with each of our authors in person so we could be in a place where [they feel] good about the work being done to edit and promote their manuscript.” Recent releases include Brandon Christopher’s memoir, The Job Pirate: An Entertaining Tale of My Job-Hopping in America (February 2015), and Aida Zilelian’s The Legacy of Lost Things (March 2015), a novel about an Armenian family living in Queens, New York; upcoming titles include Matthew Crofton’s memoir Mighty (Winter 2015) and Christopher’s yet untitled novel (Spring 2016). The editors are currently seeking submissions of full-length works of fiction, including novels and short story collections, and are particularly interested in books of creative nonfiction, including essay collections and memoirs. Writers can submit manuscripts via e-mail to submissions@bleedingheartpublications
.com. The press also publishes the biannual short story anthology Transfusion; writers can submit stories of up to five thousand words via e-mail. While the press leans toward fiction and nonfiction submissions, Dawson says, “We are open to looking at almost any genre. We don’t like to pigeonhole ourselves into one particular style.”