Based in Preston, Lancashire, UCLAN Publishing can be contacted at:
c/o Greenbank Hub,
University of Central Lancashire,
Welcome to UCLan Publishing and a very different approach to publishing books! We are a trade, independent publisher based in Preston, Lancashire. We have big ambitions and a big heart. Continually striving to produce the best children’s books in every genre from Early Years to YA. We’re 100% dedicated to putting Northern Publishing on the map, and our events team work closely with Lancashire Libraries, local schools and other Publishers to create truly unique events. The Northern YA Literary Festival being one of them!
Our staff our highly experienced and professional book publishers with many years in the trade behind them, many at the highest level including, Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Macmillan. Therefore, our books are superb quality and our noses are commercial.
I’ve got to apologise, this was submitted quite a while ago and I’ve only just got round to doing it now.
In their own words
When did you start publishing?
What made you want to start an independent publisher?
We’ve grown from the MA in Publishing course at the University of Central Lancashire. As part of the student experience they have to produce a real book. That’s where Cold Bath Street by A.J. Harltey came from. Things have spiralled from there, the trade took notice and we’re currently busy building our list.
What genres do you specialise in?
Children’s & YA
Where are you based?
Do you have a submission window, if so when?
We are currently open to submissions fo our commercial list as well as student projects – https://uclanpublishing.com/submissions/
What is your submission procedure?
Link to submissions procedure https://uclanpublishing.com/submissions/
Who are you (team photo if possible)?
Debbie Williams is the Director and oversees both commercial and course publishing. Hazel Holmes is the Publisher & Toni Murtagh our Publishing Assistant. We freelance our design work to Becky Chilcott & Amy Cooper. Photo attached of us winning the IPG award.
Background in the book industry?
We have over 20 years experience from buying for head office at Waterstones, library supply and publishing.
Talk about some of your books if possible?
We have some very exciting titles coming this year, including Blast Off to the Moon! Our YA debut The Harm Tree, and the sequel to our bestselling Cold Bath Street, Written Stone Lane.
and future projects/dreams if you can?
Publishing is very London focused. We’re aiming to add a bit of cultural and regional diversity to our business by proving you don’t have to be based in London to make great books!