Our Story

About Backroom Press

Backroom Press was founded in 2006 by Pat Lowe, Susan Sickert and Joyce Hudson to publish entertaining and educational books from the Kimberley, WA.

Pat Lowe - Kimberley Author

The three friends pooled funds and in September 2006 published our first two titles, for older children and young adults. We went on to produce a number of books for younger children.

Susie Sickert - Backroom Press small publishing house,From these modest beginnings, we broadened out to include books for adults (but no ‘adult themes’) in our repertoire.

In 2009 we became incorporated as a Not-for-profit Association. We held a well-attended Inaugural General Meeting to recruit members, appoint a management committee and elect office bearers. We set up a new website and on-line sales outlet.

Joyce HudsonOur main market is in Broome and the Kimberley, but we have received on-line orders from as far away as Holland, UK and USA.

Backroom Press has no paid employees — the Management Committee and active members are volunteers, who give generously of their time; we pay only for professional services. We welcome offers of assistance for tasks such as running our occasional market stall and organizing ‘Speed Scrabble’ during the festival.

The Management Committee holds regular monthly meetings and appoints a sub-committee to manage each new title and report to the Committee. To make a submission or to read further details of our service, see Manuscripts.

Backroom Press inaugurated ‘Corrugated Lines — a Festival of Words’ in 2012, and runs it in partnership with other organisations including Broome Public Library, Magabala Books, The University of Notre Dame (Broome Campus) and the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre.

Backroom Press runs occasional community workshops about writing and publishing.