“We wanted Fahrenheit to be a tribe, we wanted people to identify with our spirit, to know that we’d challenge them but to trust that if something has our stamp on it, it will be awesome."
When I founded Fahrenheit Press I knew I wanted us to build a whole new type of publishing company. I’d worked in publishing for 25+ years and had built myself a good life and a reputation for success off the back of it. It’s fair to say I had a lot to thank the publishing industry for. That said I had also spent most of the previous 10 years screaming in the wilderness trying to persuade my corporate paymasters to switch up their game to avoid presiding over what was increasingly looking like an industry sanctioned managed decline.
Publishing had become too safe, too introspective and too afraid of change. It was an industry run by elites who felt secure that their readers would take what they were given and like it. The gatekeepers were very much in charge and they guarded access to their gravy train jealously.
For someone like me who had always had one foot in the music business, the parallels between the Big 5 publishers and the bloated record corporations of the early eighties were impossible to ignore.
We founded Fahrenheit in the spirit of my favourite indie record labels, the ones who had come along with a fearless independent spirit, who were confident in their own judgement, who trusted that there was an audience out there that was just as smart, savvy and committed to challenging the status quo as they were.
When we started Fahrenheit we didn’t look to other publishing companies for inspiration, we looked to Factory Records, Beggars Banquet, Mute, Rough Trade – hell we even stole a couple of pages from McGee’s playbook over at Creation.
We wanted Fahrenheit to be a tribe, we wanted people to identify with our spirit, to know that we’d challenge them but to trust that if something has our stamp on it, it will be awesome – more than anything we wanted everyone involved with Fahrenheit - authors, readers, bloggers, booksellers, to feel they were a real part of this beautiful thing we’re all trying to build here.
And what do you know, it’s only gone and worked.
The first inkling that something interesting has happening was when a group calling themselves The Fahrenhistas emerged a year or two ago. The Fahrenhistas were not something we invented, they even came up with their own name. Small groups of them appeared spontaneously in pretty much every corner of the world. They read our books, champion us on social media, wear our t-shirts, get Fahrenheit tattoos (yes really) – they meet up, have drinks, go to gigs together - even get laid sometimes (yes really) – we’re pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before we have the first Fahrenhista wedding.
And now FAHRENBRUARY is happening – another spontaneous show of support from readers + bloggers who want to wear their Fahrenheit skulls on their sleeves.
FAHRENBRUARY is a month long celebration of all things Fahrenheit Press + Fahrenheit 13.
FAHRENBRUARY wasn’t anything to do with us.
FAHRENBRUARY was 100% conceived by readers + bloggers who wanted to find a way to support what we’re trying to build.
FAHRENBRUARY is not being run by us – two book bloggers @laughinggravy71 + @thatmattkeyes have volunteered to help co-ordinate the month long festival on behalf of their fellow Fahrenhistas – if you’d like to know how you can get involved you can contact them on Twitter.
We’re pretty sure that nothing like this reader & blogger fuelled festival has ever happened before with any publishing company, anywhere in the world and we’re genuinely humbled by the trust you’ve given us and the love you’re showing to us during FAHRENBRUARY.
We’ll be posting links to all the reviews and blogs that appear during FAHRENBRUARY on this page so you can always come here and catch up if you miss anything.
Thank you all. You’re literally the best.
Chris McVeigh, Publisher, February 2019
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