Author Susan Hill will this summer launch a children’s imprint to publish books for readers aged seven to 11.
Hill said she decided to launch Little Barn Books after the successful relaunch of her children’s Christmas poem Can It Be True? last year under the adult publishing imprint she runs – Long Barn Books.
She said: “By a nice bit of serendipity, a shorter version of the poem was used by BBC Radio 3 as a carol, for use in their Christmas Carol Competition. This gave the book a terrific boost. I also targeted independent booksellers – sending out dozens of sample copies and offering a 45% discount to indies only. They ordered and re-ordered and some very small bookshops shifted 60 or 100 copies, which for a hardback at £7.99 was very good indeed.”
Hill will publish two of her own children’s books under the imprint this year: Billy-William Bigheart – the Kindest Boy in the Universe (which will be illustrated with black and white drawings) and Our Aunt Chrysanthemum.
She is also keen to get other writers on board. “I would like to find some new children’s book talent. This is not only a self-publishing venture,” she said.
Nosy Crow’s new Junior Editor, Ruth Symons, on her first month in post…
Emily Easton, publisher of Walker Books for Young Readers in the US, will be leaving the company as a result of consolidation:
Bloomsbury [US] is folding its Walker Books for Young Readers imprint into the larger Bloomsbury Children’s Books. As a result of the consolidation, Emily Easton, publisher of Walker Books for Young Readers, will be leaving the company. The decision to fold Walker into Bloomsbury Children’s Books comes less than one year after Bloomsbury refocused Walker as a “boutique imprint” with most of its list of 18 books coming from Easton. Walker had been publishing about 40 books annually. At the time of the restructuring, several Walker staffers were moved to Bloomsbury Children’s Books, which expects to release 100 to 125 titles this year.
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.
New logo for independent Canadian children’s books publisher, Groundwood Books, plus new website being developed for launch later this year [in the meantime there is a holding page at www.groundwoodbooks.com]:
Groundwood’s spring 2014 releases will be the first titles to bear the new colophon, created by Toronto artist and freelance book designer David Gee. Designed with brand consistency in mind, Groundwood’s round logo is a brighter, “more childlike” hue of the yellow found on Anansi’s logo design, but takes the same approach using bold black text.
Sarah Pakenham is expanding her role at children’s publisher Andersen Press after being appointed director of rights, digital and international sales.
Pakenham has held the role of rights director for more than 15 years at the company but from now on will also oversee the development of Andersen’s digital content.
This book is great! I’m not at all surprised that it was picked out by the Independent last weekend in part one of its Christmas round-up.
And it comes from the intriguing husband-and-wife, cottage-publishing-design team, Peter and Ann Scott, aka PatrickGeorge, based in Ramsgate.
The book uses transparent pages between each double spread so that when you turn the clear page an element from the design of the right-hand page is lifted off and placed onto the left hand page. So in the first spread a fresh-faced boy is eyeing a plane and thinking he wants to be “… a pilot”. Turn the plastic page and the windows at the front of the plane lift off and become cool piliot shades for the boy.
Further on a girl wants to be “… a clown”. Turn the plastic page and the top of circus tent lifts off to become her clown’s hat while the head and shoulders of a juggler become her red clown’s nose and mouth.
There’s one transformation that will chime most vividly with adults rather than young children. When the boy thinks of becoming “… a tennis player” the only element of the right-hand page to lift off is the net from the tennis court which becomes the curly-headed boy’s hairband, al la a 1970s John McEnroe.
The cover price is £8.99 (currently £6.47 on Amazon and £6.79 at Waterstones online).
I recommend having a good look around the Patrick George website to get a taste of their distinctive graphic design style.
Definitely a small, independent publisher to watch.
Floris Books, Scotland’s largest children’s publisher, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Kelpies imprint of Scottish children’s books and launched a ground-breaking new teen list at a private party in Edinburgh on Friday.
The imprint’s authors and illustrators, including award-winning authors Theresa Breslin and Lari Don, gathered to raise a glass to a decade of publishing great Scottish children’s books.
Floris Books acquired the Kelpies list in 2002 from fellow Scottish publisher Canongate but it wasn’t until 2003 that they published their first original Kelpie, The Chaos Clock by Gill Arbuthnott.
The orginal Kelpies list of classic Scottish authors such as George Mackay Brown, Kathleen Fidler and Mollie Hunter have been joined over the last decade by new Scottish writing talent such as Royal Mail Award Winner Lari Don and Amazon bestseller Daniela Sacerdoti.
New Teen List
KelpiesTeen, a new range of quality Scottish fiction for young teens, will be launched early next year with three titles by existing Floris Books authors — Lari Don, author of the First Aid for Fairies series; Roy Gill, author of The Daemon Parallel; and Gill Arbuthnott, author of Dark Spell.
The KelpiesTeen range will be first of its kind specifically for Scottish interest books. Lockwood-Holmes commented:
“Scottish children have grown up with Picture Kelpies and Kelpies, so we’re delighted to be launching KelpiesTeen which will enable those children to keep reading great Scottish authors and stories into their teenage years.”
Submissions are now welcome for the KelpiesTeen list and should include a significant Scottish connection.
U.K.-based children’s book publisher Kingfisher has scaled back its U.S. operations, cutting its staff from three to one and reducing the number of titles it will release per season from 60 to about 35
Best known for the bone-crushing justice delivered by the iconic character Judge Dredd, U.K. publisher Rebellion is going after a somewhat younger crowd with its new children’s imprint, Ravenstone, which launched at BEA with the June release of its first book, Lupus Rex by singer-songwriter John Carter Cash.
Ravenstone joins Rebellion’s other prose imprints: Solaris – which publishes fantasy, science fiction, and horror, including books by bestselling author James Lovegrove – and Abaddon Books, which presents shared-world fiction, mostly in the urban fantasy genre.
Jon Oliver, editor-in-chief at Rebellion, said that a children’s imprint fits well with the publisher’s genre offerings.