Questions for Publishers

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The ‘Publisher Profile’ feature is kicking off once again, there are already a few publishers who were part of this earlier and I’ll be updating and expanding their info first.

Each post will have contact information, some blurb, images, contact details, website, etc. I’ll be using public information for this, but if you want to be part of this you can get ahead of the crowd by answering the following questions:

* When did you start publishing?
* What made you want to start an independent publisher?
* What genres do you specialise in?
* Where are you based?
* Do you have a submission window, if so when?
* What is your submission procedure?
* Who are you (team photo if possible)?
* What was your background in the book industry before this venture?
* Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?
* Some photos, please
* Website/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter and any other contact details please

Then each publisher on the list will have an expanded entry to make the list more searchable.


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Storyhouse Publishing

Storyhouse Publishing

Storyhouse Publishing


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

Website: www.storyhousepublishing.com
Instagram @storyhousepublishing
Twitter: @BooksStoryhouse
Facebook: @storyhousepublishing

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.


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Welsh Football Magazine

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Latest Issue

I think Welsh Football is the first magazine we’ve featured, centred around the football scene in Wales and started 30 years ago, it is run on a non-profit basis by enthusiasts who want to highlight their favourite game in a positive way.

Website: https://www.welsh-football.net/
Twitter: @CollinsWFM
Facebook: WelshFootballmagazine

In their own words…

When did you start publishing?

First publications 1991.

What made you want to start an independent publisher?

The founders had edited and contributed to Welsh football publications produced by publishers based in England but wanted control over content, publication schedules and logistics.

What genres do you specialise in?

Publications on association football in Wales. Mostly periodicals (Welsh Football magazine) but some other one-off projects.

Where are you based?

Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

Submission dates are set issue by issue for the magazine and are announced in each issue. Contributors can contact at any time.

What is your submission procedure?

Contact the editor to discuss any articles or ideas.

Who are you (team photo if possible)?

Editor: David Collins Numerous contributors.

What was your background in the book industry before this venture?

None, other than writing for various publications in England and Wales previously.

Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?

Our core product is Welsh Football magazine, the national football magazine of Wales. The aim is to celebrate and promote the unique aspects of football in Wales – past and present – and to reinforce our status as an independent football nation. Committed to quality of writing and to showcasing the spectacular settings that the game is played in here.


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Heroic Books

Heroic

Heroic

Heroic books is a publisher of Fantasy ficton, combining great stories with wonderful images. They represent writers and illustrators in a tradition manner and in other innovative ways.

Website: ​www.HeroicBooks.com
Facebook: ​@HeroicBooks
Instagram: @HeroicBooks
Twitter: @HeroicBooks
For any enquiries relating to submissions, please contact ​harriet@heroicbooks.com
For any enquiries relating to sales or marketing, please contact ​elliot@heroicbooks.com

In their own words…

When did you start publishing & what made you want to start an independent publisher?

Heroic Books was founded in 2020 in response to what we perceived to be a lack of opportunity for emerging authors in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. We want to develop the work of our authors beyond the page, harnessing the power of digital media such as film, TV, games and audiobooks, to share our authors’ stories as widely as possible, reach new audiences, and build a global network of Heroic fans and writers.

What genres do you specialise in?

We specialise in fantasy and science fiction, both of which lend themselves really well to our transmedia strategy. Working with illustrators, narrators, and other creatives, we aim to bring exciting new worlds to life through a variety of media, as well as ensuring that every novel we publish reaches its full potential.

Where are you based?

Heroic Books is based in Liverpool, UK, but has staff, board members and stakeholders based across the UK, the US and China.

Do you have a submission window, if so when?

We have an open call for submissions of fantasy and science fiction novels, and we are currently reading for our 2022 publishing schedule.

We are also currently seeking submissions of short stories for our forthcoming fantasy anthology, ​The Hero’s Journey​, which will feature both emerging authors and established voices from across the fantasy genre. This submissions window is open until Friday 14th May.

What is your submission procedure?

For our regular submissions window, details of how to submit can be found at www.heroicbooks.com/manuscript​. For short story submissions for ​The Hero’s Journey anthology, head to ​www.heroicbooks.com/herosjourney​.

Crucially, for each of these submissions windows, authors do not need to be represented by a literary agent to submit their manuscript for consideration.

Who are you?

Heroic Books was co-founded by Helen Blakeman and Chris Arnold, and is run by an experienced team of creatives and publishing professionals from across the country.

What was your background in the book industry before this venture?

Helen is a BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning writer and Chair of the BAFTA Children’s Committee, while Chris is an entrepreneur and businessman, having founded Camp Leaders, Smaller Earth and World Merit.

Despite not coming from book publishing backgrounds, Helen and Chris are both passionate about finding new, innovative ways of telling stories and pushing the boundaries of what traditional publishing can achieve.

Heroic 100

Heroic 100

Talk about some of your books if possible, upcoming, favourite?

We’ll be making announcements about our forthcoming titles very soon! In the meantime, to be the first to find out any news or announcements, keep an eye on our social channels and subscribe to our mailing list by following the link below: https://heroicbooks.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2a593e3d49cdd245408be2e60&id=8 1520c41f4


If you want to help and support this blog and my other projects (Indie Bookshops and Big Bearded Bookseller) you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

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