It Began with Just One Book…
Exisle Publishing’s CEO and Publisher Gareth St John Thomas got his start in the industry at the age of 11, stacking warehouse shelves for his father’s Devon based publishing house, David & Charles.
After spending time as a sales rep traveling to the far flung corners of the United Kingdom, Gareth was soon running the company side by side with his father, David.
Thirty years ago David & Charles was sold, and Gareth moved from England to New Zealand.
In 1991, he started Exisle Publishing.
The goal wasn’t to build a huge business. Instead, Gareth wanted to shine a light on local characters, artists and writers, and bring books into the world which would never otherwise have existed.
But the market had other ideas…
Exisle books started to get noticed. Local stores couldn’t keep them in stock. And submissions poured in from experts, leaders and artists from across the country.
Soon, Exisle expanded to Australia, where the same thing happened.
Next, we started publishing the UK. And then the United States. Today, we have staff across the English speaking world and sell foreign rights to dozens of countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Our secret? We publish books that other big publishers don’t.
Exisle Publishing now has global reach, and we are still trying to give voice to those who don’t have it, and serve the communities that corporate publishers tend to ignore.
Our children’s imprint EK books has the DNA of a self help publisher and has joyously spread into environmental, creative learning, and other subjects.
In the last twelve months, we launched Exisle Academy, a community which provides online instruction to writers who want to get published. We have even published some of our student’s work, but we are also pleased when they are published elsewhere. Again, we are about making sure their voices can be and are heard.