Cleis Press Named a Fast-Growing Indie Publisher by Publishers Weekly

Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Cleis Press recently made Publishers Weekly's list of the fastest growing indie publishers. Despite the flooding of erotica titles in the market after the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon, Cleis Press was able to offset any major setbacks with successful titles from its imprint, Viva Editions, such as Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober's Getting to 50/50, not to mention great success in audiobooks narrated by Rose Caraway: Gotta Have It, Sweet Danger, and Smokin' Hot Firemen. This is not to say that Cleis Press' print erotica did not sell; Rachel Kramer Bussel's Big Book of Orgasms also sold well.

"Upon my arrival at Cleis Press, I saw nothing but potential," said Publisher Brenda Knight. "It grows exponentially. We do amazing things every day, but still keep a sense of fun about it."

Cleis Press publishes provocative, intelligent books across genres. Whether literary fiction, human rights, mystery, romance, erotica, LGBTQ studies, sex guides, pulp fiction, or memoir, you know that if it's outside the ordinary, it's Cleis Press.

Viva Editions are books that inform, enlighten, and entertain. The very name, "Viva!", is celebratory. And while Viva Editions is a line of books that are as fun as they are informational, the intention behind Viva is very serious—these are books that are truly helpful and intended to enhance people's lives.


Brenda Knight