Lasavia Publishing ~ Trailblazers in literature and the arts!
Lasavia Publishing is an independent but global publishing company based in Waiheke Island, New Zealand, with an outpost in Nelson. It aims to publish the highest quality writing for adults and children. In addition to literary excellence and innovation, Lasavia is interested adventurous non-fiction and mixed media work, such as graphic novels.
We have four imprints: 99% Press for fiction and poetry; TP Press for non-fiction; Beansprout Press for Children and Lemon Ink for fantasy and YA genre.
Mike Johnson writes:
‘When Leila Lees and I first considered establishing Lasavia Publishing, less than one in a hundred manuscripts submitted to publishers reached publication. The situation rapidly became far worse than that. In 2015 Random/Penguin announced that they would publish one new fiction writer in 2016. Manuscripts submitted to publishers were, and still are, routinely returned unopened. ‘Mechanisms of exclusion’ as Faucault called them, are rife in the present publishing climate, particularly in New Zealand. One of them is the refusal of major publishers to consider ‘Science Fiction’, a term very broad in its application, covering just about everything that does not conform to this country’s particular, and restrictive, form of social realism – anything that mixes genres, or bends them, or crosses genre boundaries, or exhibits excessive imagination.
Publishers distrust the wild card, that which might put readers too far out of their comfort zones, as if comfort was somehow the purpose of literature. Both writers and readers lose out. Real grass roots work is lost or supplanted by celebrity culture. Only small publishers, who don’t have to carry the overheads that big publishers carry, will be light enough on their feet to thrive in the new publishing environment.
The name 99% Press was inspired by the Occupy movement which, so quickly it seems, has become a part of history. In literary terms, many of those 99% are writers whose work is not being published because it does not conform to current publishing parameters.
Tipi Press was conceived in a similar spirit. A lot of literary and social comment never makes it to print because of ideological framing. The same could be said of works that explore the edge of mind body and spirit.
Beansprout Press arose from the awareness of how important it is that children have access to a wide variety of books that foster the imagination and make books fun.’
Lemon Ink Press is dedicated to publishing work for older children and the young adult market. Adventure and fantasy works welcome.'