Congratulations to Kate Wilson & Nosy Crow, who receive £2,000 and 50,000 Nectar points on being named Small Business of the Year.
Nosy Crow’s new Junior Editor, Ruth Symons, on her first month in post…
Announced on the Nosy Crow blog yesterday:
Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for the Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the year! There are six prizes: one for each geographical area (Asia, Africa, Central-South America, Europe, North America, and Oceania), and we’re one of only two publishers from the UK nominated in the European category.
The prize, now in its second year (and inaugurated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair) exists to pay tribute to publishers “at the forefront of innovation in their activity for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made”, and the eventual winners are decided by vote – every publishing house participating in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is eligible to cast a ballot.
As children’s publishers from around the world descend on (a hopefully sunny) Italy for the 51st Bologna Children’s Book Fair, running from Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27, here’s a look at some new things they can expect to see this year.
The inaugural Week of Children’s Books and Cultural Activities, called Don’t Tell the Grown-Ups, will open its doors and occupy all of Hall 33 at the fairgrounds (separate from the usual fair halls) from Saturday, March 22 through Thursday, March 27.
Bologna Digital is a new slate of original programming focusing on digital media that essentially replaces the Tools of Change in Publishing Conference, which had been presented by O’Reilly Media on the eve of the Bologna Fair for the past three years.
The Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers (BOP), debuted last year, and UK publisher Nosy Crow is on the shortlist for this year’s prize – see separate blog listing.
Nosy Crow is celebrating the third anniversary of their groundbreaking first fairytale app by making it FREE all this week:
Today we’re launching a very exciting promotion: Our groundbreaking first fairytale app, The Three Little Pigs, is exactly three years old today, and to celebrate, we’re making it free for the first time ever. You can download it from the App Store here.
Just look at the number of times Nosy Crow features…
IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year
Barefoot Books, Nosy Crow, Usborne Publishing and Walker Books
The London Book Fair International Achievement Award
Advance Materials, In Easy Steps and Nosy Crow
IPG Diversity Award
Accent Press, Barefoot Books and Phonic Books
IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year
Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow; Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow;
and David Henderson, Top That! Publishing
Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award
Bloomsbury Publishing, Faber & Faber, Jordan Publishing and
Nielsen Digital Marketing Award
Constable & Robinson, Faber & Faber and Nosy Crow
IPG Trade Publisher of the Year
John Blake, Constable & Robinson and Summersdale
Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year
Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, Edward Elgar Publishing, Liverpool University Press and SAGE
Librios Education Publisher of the Year
Bright Red Publishing and Crown House Publishing
PrintOnDemand Worldwide Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year
Absolute Press, How2Become, Quiller Publishing and Search Press
The Nick Robinson Newcomer Award
Critical Publishing, Fine Feather Press and Sedition Publishing
GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award
Attwooll Associates, Bounce Sales and Marketing, Compass Independent Publishing Services, Faber Factory, powered by Constellation and Faber Factory Plus
Nosy Crow have just launched a brand new fairy tale app, Jack and the Beanstalk, out now on the App Store, claiming it’s their best one yet, blurring the distinction between story and game more than ever before to create a completely new kind of reading experience for children: Jack and the Beanstalk is where on-screen gaming and reading meet.
Nosy Crow say:
Conceived and created with reading for pleasure at its heart, Jack and the Beanstalk rewards the reader’s success with more story, and encourages repeat play with endless variety. You can play games in different rooms of the giant’s castle, and collect keys to unlock more of the story – and every so often, Jack meets the sleeping giant, and your success (or failure) at collecting his treasure determines the outcome of the whole story.
It’s a brilliant re-telling of the story that contains all the familiar elements that everyone knows and love – along with lots of imaginative new features.
Jack and his mum have to sell their only cow (and you can help get Daisy ready for the market by feeding her, cleaning her, and putting her bell on):
FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS AND THREE YEARS OF PUBLISHING AT NOSY CROW
Kate Wilson of Nosy Crow with Elys Dolans, creator of Weasels – and more pics from the event photographer are now up on the Nosy Crow blog, with the promise of a full gallery on their Facebook page later today.
I had walked from Elephant & Castle underground station, and stopped off at a street-corner pub for a quick Guinness before the Nosy Crow Christmas party. Who should I come upon while searching the back streets for the Lant Street venue but the vividly unmistakable creative duo behind Oliver & The Seawigs, consisting of the ever suave Philip Reeeve and a majestically blue-wigged Sarah McIntyre – neither of whom, it has to be said, recognised me from my darkly-lit Twitter avatar.
The Nosy Crow offices are, it turns out, not referred to as the ‘crowsnest’ for nothing. Several flights of zigzagging open black iron fire-escape steps have to be climbed before you arrive at the surprisingly spacious headquarters of this unique publishing enterprise.
I have known and admired Kate Wilson since her days at Macmillan Children’s Books in the 1990s, where she led a really powerful team of editors and authors, with special support for children’s poetry. She moved to Scholastic in 2004. Although Nosy Crow, the publishing company she formed in 2010, has a wikipedia entry, Kate herself does not, which surprises me, because she has to be one of the most significant figures in contemporary children’s publishing, worldwide.
Nosy Crow itself is a unique venture because from the outset it has endeavoured to be a publisher of both traditional print books and digital apps.
I suppose it’s because I remembered the images of Nosy Crow’s first office posted to the Nosy Crow blog and the fact that the company is very young still (in its third year) that I was expecting a somewhat more cramped and modest space than the expansive area that opens up at the top of the steps. In her speech Kate told us that Nosy Crow has now published 109 books and (I think she said) 11 apps.
A big entrance had plenty of room for signing in desk and cloakroom area where Dom Kingston (who I’m sure I hadn’t seen since his days at HarperCollins) and Joanne Owen (with whom I later shared fond memories of various dinner party launch events, no longer so common) were doing the greeting.
And then into the crowd. The ‘office’ had been given a wintry feel with decorated branches and paper snow puffs.
I made a conscious choice to leave my big-gun camera in its bag for most of the evening, and just had the little RX100 round my neck, giving more time to mixing and mingling than I often do at such events. My first conversation was a fascinating one with two members of the Nielsen BookScan team. They told me that I could give them a receipt for a book purchased in any bookshop and they would be able to locate the data on their system. I was amazed that the sales tracking is so comprehensive but they assured me that nearly all bookshops feed sales data direct form their tills* into BookScan. We went on to talk about the chart fixing that used to be endemic in the record industry and it was explained to me why fixing the book charts is very much easier to detect and, aside form one known case in America, almost certainly doesn’t happen.
*I gather small independent bookshops tend not have tills sophisticated enough to do this and that their sales data is submitted somewat differently.
It’s always lovely to see Laurence Anholt and his graciously, glamorous wife Catherine, and it’s good to note that they are now on the roster of Nosy Crow authors/illustrators. They described how they had moved house twice since my visit to Lyme several summers ago. [Gosh, I’ve just checked the datestamp on that link, and it was eight years ago!]
Chris Brown described to me how he is standing down as reviews editor for the SLA (School Libraries Association) and handing over to Joy Court, which prompted us to share experiences of having large quantities of books constantly arriving and consequently having a constant need to move books OUT of the house by one means or another. Chris is intending to give more time to enhancing the profile of the School Information Book Award, presented each year at the Bath Children’s Festival. ACHUKA thinks this is really good news, as non-fiction books deserve their fair sure of the spotlight.
Sarah McIntyre took a selfie of herself with my head next to hers just before I bumped into Catherine Stokes who I used to communicate with lots when she was at OUP. I forget whether this was before or after my conversation with a collar-loosened Philip Ardagh who, apart form saying lots of things for my ears only (and any eaves-droppers’), asked me a lot of searching questions about ACHUKAbooks’ publishing programme, and in particular whether I felt, as a publisher, compromised as a reviewer. I said I didn’t. In fact, it hadn’t occurred to me that I would/should/might. But possibly he felt other publishers might feel I was compromised, although I would have thought the ACHUKAbooks publishing profile is at present so low as to be not worth factoring in. I intend to do a blog post shortly about the first 24 months of the ACHUKAbooks digital publishing experience shortly, so no more about that now.
And then I did get my big camera out, took a few photos, chatted with the event photographer about bounce-flashing, and hence (probably) missed opportunities to speak with people that I hadn’t even noticed were there, and some I had noticed but just didn’t rub shoulders with, so to speak. John McClay, for one example, was always busily occupied. I haven’t spoken with him for ages, and really must when we’re both at a similar occasion. I’m sure I see the back of Philippa Milnes-Smith’s head in one of the photos (if I’m not mistaken) but don’t remember seeing her at any point during the evening. Several other people – Lucy Coats for example – tweeted that they had been there too. I guess this a sign of a great event.
So Happy Christmas, Nosy Crow and may you flourish in 2014.
Three Nosy Crow titles have made it onto the Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist, so no surprise that they have been very prompt to include a blog post about it complete with author reactions.