Storyhouse Publishing is another indie publisher that has struck out in this year of lockdowns and unknowns and have they struck out in style.
At the time of writing they have four bright, colourful, and fun picture books for children in their catalogue, all of which would be great for storytimes and gifts for younger children
As a new parent reading children’s books everyday, I set up Storyhouse to produce books that do a little more. Our stories create wonder and delight which is so important to help foster a love of reading and at the same time they gently entwine ideas to support children’s wellbeing, including ideas about friendship, collaborative play, kindness and conservation.
Every decision we make is made with sustainability in mind. We are committed to reducing waste and print all our books on FSC approved paper.
In their own words
When did you start publishing?
Our first titles were published in January 2021 although our set up, commissioning, development and marketing happened during the lockdowns and with two preschoolers at home, it was a lively time. I had a lot of interrupted Zoom calls like many others who juggled home schooling whilst running businesses. I’ve looked back on that time feeling really proud of all the team have achieved.
What made you want to start an independent publisher?
I was a children’s publisher previously in a publishing house but I knew I needed greater flexibility with two children under three. I wanted to be able to offer others the same flexible working and it’s been so successful. We work in a fairly unique way in that the schedules aren’t set until after the book is started. It takes the pressure off the contributors and being so small means it’s easy for us to swap things around. Even during challenging times, I know it’s the best thing I’ve done.
What genres do you specialise in?
Children’s picture books.
Where are you based?
In the beautiful city of Bath. Bath has amazing festivals, its close proximity to Bristol is a bonus and I love meeting other creative people who live here.
Do you have a submission window, if so when?
I’m really happy for people to contact me at any time. I read and reply to every submission that is sent.
What is your submission procedure?
Direct by email or Instagram. It might take me a week or so to get back to you but I will do! I’d suggest checking we are the right fit before sending anything, we have specific ideas and we don’t publish outside of these themes. Our website and Instagram give more information.
Who are you (team photo if possible)?
Myself and a brilliant freelance team. I’m very lucky to have had the same small freelance group since we set up. Oh and our young consultants, it’s been fantastic having my own children and those of our freelance team to review our books.
What was your background in the book industry before this venture?
I worked at Penguin and then Parragon as children’s publisher where I learnt a lot about publishing globally.
Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?
Our upcoming release for September 2021, The Last Seaweed Pie is endorsed by the Marine Conservation Society. It’s a heart-warming story about ocean conservation, recycling and working together. It’s so beautifully written by Wenda Shurety and Paddy’s Donnelly’s illustrations are just gorgeous.