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We are a literary collective looking to amplify the voices of Black and Brown writers in an industry where we are vastly underrepresented and undervalued. Vital Narrative Press provides a platform where our work can be supported and celebrated 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 strengthening 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 this September, Vital Narrative Press currently offers fifteen books of fiction and poetry for purchase with nine titles currently in production.