A regular feature where we give an independent publisher the chance to talk about themselves and their projects.
When did you start publishing?
We first started publishing in the early 1990s, originally producing creative high-quality activity books for the Early Learning Centre, before starting to publish bilingual books focusing on first words in English, French and Spanish.
What made you want to start publishing?
Our founder, Cath Bruzzone, started her career as a French teacher before moving into publishing. Cath worked at Pan creating and marketing, among other things, language learning books and CDs for adults and children, promoting her passion for learning a foreign language. Our publisher, Sam Hutchinson, worked in an after-school club for kids as a student where he saw the positive effect a well-made information book can have on a child. Publishing combines his passion for finding things out with his passion for telling people about them!
What do you specialise in?
We specialise in foreign language learning and creative, hands-on information books for kids.
Where are you based?
We are based in Twickenham.
Do you have a submission window, if so when?
We create everything in-house and so do not accept submissions.
Who are you?
We are Cath and Sam, (co-directors and owners), Vicky Barker (Art director) and a small team of freelancers, authors and illustrators.
What is your background in the book industry?
Between them, Cath, Sam and Vicky have lots of years of experience and have worked at Pan, HarperCollins and Usborne.
Talk about some of your books if possible?
This past year has been great for us, with some truly wonderful books published and lots of awards!
Our spooky sensation Real- Life Mysteries (by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker) won the Blue Peter Book award for ‘Best book with facts’, The Histronauts: An Egyptian Adventure (by Frances Durkin and Grace Cooke) won the NSTBA Information book category, and to top it all off, we’ve also published a brand new language learning series, Hello Languages!
Since sending in their information b small publishing have made it into the Regional Shortlist for a Nibbie, in The British Book Awards new category for Small Press of the Year. Congratulations!