In 2014, we founded Vital Narrative Press in an effort to promote the opportunities available for writers of color and help them build a platform to share their work with readers across the globe.
In the summer of 2014, Gregory Hedgepeth lost his job working as a supervisor in medical billing. With nothing to lose and exhausted of the usual 9-to-5, he considered a completely new window of opportunity. As a young Black writer, he saw the struggles many of his peers had with getting their work published and recognized the importance of amplifying authentic literary voices by giving authors an opportunity to share their stories. Within 90 days, he decided to follow through on his dream of starting a publishing company, naming himself Editor-in-Chief.
After self-publishing a few books while he worked a regular job, Hedgepeth continued to learn the ins and outs of the publishing business while reaching out to authors who were looking to work together on a new business model where the publisher and each author would earn an equal royalty share, instead of the industry standard where authors can earn as little as 8% of the list price.
As we move towards our fifth anniversary, Vital Narrative is strong as ever with fifteen books of fiction and poetry available for purchase and nine titles currently in production.
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Quality is our main standard. We will always strive to make the best products available for our readers.
In order for our authors to make a living, our pricing will reflect the value of our products. We will price our books as the quality art pieces they are, so we can support the company and the work of our authors.
We will always strive to be as inclusive as possible. Our entire staff and roster of authors are people of color, and will work to support and uplift our authors’ communities as well as those of our readers. We do not tolerate discrimination or hate of any kind - we only hope to bring joy to our readers through our words.