Improbable Press almost didn’t start.
A small press in the big city of London, when we began publishing books, we focused only on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson romance stories. We were met immediately with homophobia from traditional Holmes writers, and almost to a man they were straight white men. Ones who insisted a gay Holmes somehow ‘tarnished’ their work.
Thank god for those small-minded writers. Because that initial push-back helped IP focus hard on what we really wanted to do:
Tell the stories of everyone else.
We want to tell the stories of women, gay people, Asian, black, disabled, and neurodivergent people. We want tales about asexual transgender vets, bi space princes, hetero werewolves.
Stories of straight white men are published by every publisher out there and we are bored. We want all the other stories, the art, the marvelous tall tales.
Tell us about your aromantic couple meeting a Senegal vampire. Your tale of queer lovers who can talk to Indigenous spirits. We want to read about everyone and anyone from whom we don’t yet hear enough.
Our stories aren’t for homophobes.
Or for sexist, racist, or ableist people. Oh sure your characters can include all of those, but your protagonists? Those are people we’re rooting for, who get a happily ever after. Or at least a happy-right-now.
Improbable Press almost didn’t start, but start we did, and we mean to go on, telling tall tales and true, stories about love, mysteries, adventure, contemporary supernatural.
Stories about us.
This is our why, why we do what we do.
Our how is you.
We want you. Learn more about who we are below, then be part of our story.
Atlin Merrick — Commissioning Editor
A long-time editor and writer Atlin Merrick (aka Wendy C Fries) is Improbable Press' commissioning editor, director, and provider of fiery encouragement. She's interested in acquiring great mystery, romance, erotica, adventure books, both adult and YA, by and about LGBTQIA+ people, women, and all those who need a greater voice. Writer of books, short-stories, and essays, Atlin is devoted to sharing the strength and joy to be found in good stories. As stated, Atlin's kinda passionate and inclined to SHOUT encouragement at you, so maybe stand back a little. Got a great book idea, check out Improbable Press' submission guidelines and contact her.
Narrelle M Harris — Editor
Narrelle Harris writes fiction as Narrelle M Harris. Narrelle has also been providing writing, proofreading, quality assurance editing, and editing services for almost 20 years, for clients ranging from business-to-business magazines and council websites to universities and government departments. Narrelle edits books for Clan Destine Press and lives in Australia.
Lindy Cameron — Publisher
Lindy Cameron founded Clan Destine Press in 2010, with the aim of publishing the best Aussie genre fiction she can find. A writer and editor herself, after acquiring Improbable Press in 2019 Lindy's expanded her remit to publish the best erotica, romance, and mystery/adventure/genre fiction through IP, too.
Sophie Cumberland — Audio/Podcasts
Sophie Cumberland is a British-born-bred-and-buttered resident of Queensland, Australia. She has been a recording artist for four years and has acted (acted up, her family would say) practically all her life, having developed her early skills through LAMDA and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Jen Snyder — Copyeditor
Jen Snyder has enjoyed writing and telling stories since she was young. She’s been writing in academic and scientific fields for 30 years, and writing fiction for over ten. As an editor, she loves helping authors find the perfect words and polish their stories until they shine like diamonds.
Verena Höhn — Associate Editor
Verena Höhn comes from Germany by way of Germany. She is a writer, a teacher, a reader, and the finest weeder-outter of concepts when even you don't know what you're trying to say. As associate editor she works with Improbable Press' editors to help make our books their tippy-top best.
Dimitra Stathopoulos — Book Layout
Dimitra Stathopoulos hails from the wilds of Melbourne and likes to use her science degree to inform her baking and compost pile more than her work. She has been eyeballing other scientists' words for 18 years to make them readable, has written both science-y and fictional words of her own, and is now gently placing piles of words down in lovely tidy rectangles for Improbable Press.