Rippple Books is a publisher of English language books based in Germany who focus on finding something new and different. They have been working with IPR for two years. We spoke to Cam Jefferys, head of the Publisher at the start of this year.
Tell us about your company?
Rippple Media is a creative media company using film, television, books, music and content to take a unique approach to original storytelling. The three P’s in Rippple stand for producer to public publishing, because we want to share great stories directly with our readers, viewers and listeners. We publish books under the Rippple Books imprint.
What are your plans for 2017?
After a very busy 2016, we will publish one new book, ‘Greetings from’, a non-fiction collection of travel stories and essays that has its worldwide release on March 13. Our first short film, ‘Mikelis’, which was in lots of festivals last year, will continue on the festival circuit through 2017.
What events will you be going to?
Nothing planned yet, but we should be at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I’m currently in Australia helping to promote our new book here, while also giving talks and running various writing workshops.
Where would you like to sell rights?
Pretty much everywhere. It would be great to see our books in translation, especially as our books are set in places all over the world. Our books are already popular in Germany, but we’ve yet to see one of our titles translated into German. This could be a market with a lot of potential, if a German publisher stepped forward.
What is it that you like about working in Publishing?
Because we take a very different approach to publishing, for us, it’s all about the electric buzz of finding something new and different, then sharing it with the world. We want to tell stories you’ve never heard or seen before, and without all the watering down and gentrification. There are so many books out there that are unoriginal and derivative. We’re trying our best to buckle that trend.
Tell us about your favourite titles.
The Label Maker, MacKenzie Stilton
This book hasn’t got nearly the attention it deserves, but its content (how digital technologies are changing us and our interactions) is now more pertinent than ever.
Dixon Grace: 1.9.7 Hamburg, Alexa Camouro
Another book that deserves more attention. It has a fantastic lead character who puts to bed so many gender stereotypes, while it also just about reinvents (and reinvigorates) the spy thriller genre.
Greetings from, Campbell Jefferys
Our latest title, due out on March 13. A slim volume of travel stories and essays that will appeal to a very wide audience. The stories cover many places and themes, but all circle around the idea of being a stranger in a strange land, something that many of us can relate to at some point in our lives.