The Bow Tie Goes Independent
David Fickling is to leave Random House, where he is publisher at the David Fickling Books children’s imprint, to set up as an independent publisher.
Fickling’s new company will take the name David Fickling Books, with Simon Mason joining as the company’s managing director. The venture will continue to be based in its existing Oxford office and plans to publish 25-30 books a year.
Meanwhile titles scheduled to be published at Random House’s DFB imprint after Fickling’s departure will continue to be published as DFB books by the RHCP fiction team headed by Annie Eaton and the picture book team led by Fiona Macmillan.
RHCP’s existing DFB backlist—which includes the young adult edition of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas—will gradually move to one of the other imprints in the Random House children’s division…
“I like publishing to be personal, and I want to keep at the level of making books. I’m 60, it’s about legacy—the storyhouse going on, the editorial team continuing to go on publishing the best books they can find. It’s also about sharing with authors, and partnerships. And it’s about autonomy—publishers have to recognise great work when they see it; and when they see it, act and get it out there.”
Fickling said he was looking forward to joining the community of small independent publishers. “I admire Andrew Franklin at Profile, Jamie Byng at Canongate, these amazing publishers and many others. These are the great powerhouses. I want to work with them too, and be a publisher in that group.”