The judging panel commented that Verso had been awarded for ‘finding a receptive audience for its left-wing list in 2017.’ ‘Its creative marketing, led by social media and author events, has triggered substantial sales through its own relaunched website as well as in shops. Verso has really reached out to the trade lately, and it’s paying off in sales,’ judges said. ‘There was some very significant publishing last year and the level of direct sales is phenomenal.’
The awards ceremony fell on March 8, International Women’s Day. In solidarity, Verso staff joined women all over the world on strike against the myriad of oppressions and discrimination faced by women and non-binary people. 10 percent of our February sales will be donated to the strike fund.
The IPG Independent Publishing Awards are the UK’s biggest annual celebration of independent publishing. Launched in 2007, it is now in its 12th year of running. The winners were chosen from shortlists featuring 42 nominations from 26 different companies, two other publishing organizations and five individuals. Congratulations to the other award winners and everyone else who was shortlisted!