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About Us

(The story of Misfit Press is inextricably linked to the story of Misfit Incorporated, which is inextricably linked to the story of AJ and Melissa Leon. These fascinating stories have been told at length on many other occasions – in newspapers, on TEDx stages, during numerous interviews and chance meetings in wine bars. If you want to explore the weird and wonderful company that is Misfit Incorporated, peruse our site. For the full backstory, check out this video interview.)

Misfit Press itself was established in 2014, with the publication of AJ Leon’s The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit. The little-known backstory to The Life & Times is that it was originally slated to be published by a major American publisher, who headhunted AJ after noticing the popularity of his blog, The Pursuit of Everything. About a third of the way through the writing of the book, AJ began to get twitchy about the compromises involved in traditional publishing: uncompromising editorial pressure, a lack of say on issues such as design and artwork. Not long later, AJ bailed on the contract, and decided to publish the book himself. The Misfit team created and ran a Kickstarter, aimed at raising $15,000 to cover publishing costs. By the time the fundraising had run its course, pledges totalled more than treble that amount. With the excess funds, AJ and Misfit decided to go one better than just publishing a book, and also founded a publishing house.

Since its founding, Misfit Press has steadily flourished. In 2015, we took under our wing Wolftree, the finest arts journal in the American Midwest; we released our 2015 Anthology, featuring the finest creative work we encountered over the preceding year; and The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit continued to find readers across the globe. In 2016 we published Destination Shakespeare, the debut poetry collection from esteemed Shakespeare academic Paul Edmondson; and we have more Shakespeare-related publications in the works for 2017, including Shakespeare On The Road, a tale of a Shakespearian adventure across the US.

Last  year was a big growth period for the Press, and there is lots more on the way for 2017. As you’ll see from our Forthcoming Publications section, over the next twelve months we will be publishing Saya Sayama: Three Years in Myanmar by incredible photojournalist Spike Johnson, a photonarrative account documenting a unique moment in Myanmar’s history: the violent shift from General Ne Win’s fifty-year dictatorship to the country’s first steps towards democracy. Also imminent is Tangentially Reading, featuring some of the most insightful, shocking, touching, and hilarious moments from the first 200 episodes of Christopher Ryan’s much-loved podcast, Tangentially Speaking.

These are exciting times at Misfit Press. To keep up to date with everything that’s going on, follow us at our blogFacebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Into the future, we will always continue to work in the fashion we do right now: with authors we like, on projects that matter, in a way that leaves writer, reader and everyone in-between satisfied. We will also never renege on our One-for-One pledge; for every publication we ever sell, a child in India will receive money towards prescription eyeglasses, via the Misfit Foundation.

w: Matt


If you’re reading this, then you are witness to something special: the first ever blog post on the brand new internet home of the finest independent publishing house in the free world. Misfit Press has been plotting and evolving and growing for a long time – for a concise history, see here – but today marks the day we step out of the proverbial shadows and display ourselves to the world. Who we are, what we’re doing, what we’re publishing – it’s all here, spread throughout our beautiful new site.

We’re a tight team who work very hard, and this is a proud day for us. If you’re interested, please do have an explore of the site, where you can peruse and/or purchase our current publications: the wonderful Misfit Anthology 2015; the bestselling The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit; and Wolftree, the finest arts journal in the American MidwestYou can also see what’s coming over the course of our debut year as a fully evolved publishing house: a multimedia account of a quite amazing pan-American Shakespearean adventure, Shakespeare on the Road; the debut collection from brilliant NY photographer jdx; the first biography of the fascinating Sam Wanamaker; and one very exciting thing we can’t talk about just yet.

Going forward, this blog will strive to act as the precise opposite of a dry, soulless company blog. As well as sharing the adventures of Misfit Press and its publications, we’ll be using this blog to explore and discuss just about any literature-related (and perhaps not-so-literature-related) issue that grabs us. (In this, we’ll be taking no small inspiration from excellent creative curation sites such as Brain Pickings, Letters of Note, and others.) Curating the blog will be an ongoing process, the exact details of which we figure out as we go. So watch this space.

This blog aside, to keep up to speed with everything that’s going on, follow us at our Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

Thanks for reading!

The Misfit Press Team

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MattMatt is Chief Editor at Misfit Press. Alongside overseeing all activity at the Press, he is in the latter stages of a PhD, working on a thesis examining the intersections between literature, neuroscience and the philosophy of consciousness. Soccer, snowboarding, prog metal, Dostoevsky, a good Chianti and strangers' dogs all rank amongst his favourite things.

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