Bordertown Publishing is an independent trade book publisher. 

How we started:

In January, 2016, Lillian McCloy celebrated her 90th birthday. For this momentous occasion, her daughter Johanna McCloy presented her with the following gift: she would transcribe, edit, and publish the memoir that Lillian had typed on her Selectric typewriter over 25 years ago.

Lillian’s manuscript was represented by a top literary agency in New York in the 1990’s. At that time, online book retailers and ebooks were barely in existence, and memoir was not the popular genre that it is today. Lillian also wrote her original manuscript using a pseudonym and changing family members’ names, which made the prospect of an author tour problematic. Publishers enjoyed the book, but didn’t know how best to market it. Thus, her original manuscript was eventually boxed and put away.

Bordertown Publishing was created with Johanna McCloy as Managing Editor and Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother as its first publication.

With limited exposure, this memoir has already received prominent author blurbs and wonderful reader reviews. It is often also referenced as a book club favorite.

Next on the Bordertown Publishing roster: Dare to be Fabulous, featuring women’s personal stories of daring, joy, and empowerment.