My Job in 5: Darren Laws, Managing Director, Caffeine Nights Publishing

My Job in 5: Darren Laws, Managing Director, Caffeine Nights Publishing

Describe your role

I’m the cbw at Caffeine Nights. It used to be the c.e.o. or managing director but chief bottle washer generally sums it up. If it needs doing, I am usually doing it. If I can’t do it then I will be finding people who can. Being an independent publisher I am in the fortunate position of working with some very talented people who make our books not only look visually excellent but also a truly enjoyable reading experience.

What do you like best about your role?

The ability to make decisions and see them through. However this also means taking the risks. Caffeine Nights started with a zero bank balance and has never received a penny funding from anyone. We now have 35 authors and have published more than 50 titles. I’m proud of what I have built but wouldn’t recommend it as a business model.

Which great new titles are you working on at the moment?

This year will be our busiest year ever with 24 new tiles scheduled. this includes new titles from our bestselling authors, R C Bridgestock and Michael fowler and continuing our association with Richwater films. Our biggest book of the year though will be Monolith from horror legend, Shaun hutson. It’s Shaun’s first standalone novel in more than five years. We are producing a special limited edition version in monolithic black that we are extremely proud of.

What inspired you to start your business?

Caffeine Nights had its genesis from a writing group I formed back in the mid to late 90s. I realised then how badly served many great writers were by the industry. I began a website called 24/7 Caffeine Nights, well the web was new back then, and was astonished by how many people wanted to post stories and get in touch. the rest was a natural transition into the world of publishing.

What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?

Be brave. Always work and talk to people who know far more about the industry than you, and see where you can make a difference. Never be afraid to pursue an idea and have trust in your own instinct.