A new company, Otter-Barry Books, is to be set up by Janetta Otter-Barry, well known as an award-winning publisher of children’s books. Formerly editorial director of Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, she has, for the last six years, published her own children’s list under the Frances Lincoln imprint, winning numerous awards such as the SLA Information Book Award, the English 4-11 Award and the CLPE Poetry Prize. Now Otter-Barry is going fully independent with a team including board Directors Jon Rippon (Finance) and Gail Lynch (Sales and Marketing), alongside Judith Escreet as Art Director and Caterina Favaretto heading up Foreign and Subsidiary Rights. Rippon Publishing Management assisted Janetta with the set-up, and the company is financed by three private investors. Sales and distribution will be provided by Bounce Sales and Marketing and GBS, Australia and New Zealand will be handled by Walker Books Australia. Arrangements in North America will be announced shortly.
Janetta Otter-Barry says, "This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, inspired by Frances Lincoln herself, and now feels like the perfect time for me, with secure financing in place and a "dream team" of talented colleagues. I intend to publish books that make a difference and challenge boundaries. Watch this space!"