The Lunicorn Press is a teensy-weensy publishing company based in Renfrewshire, with a massive magical vision for its Badger the Mystical Mutt series of illustrated children’s books for 5 to 9-year-olds by McNicol & Jackson.
Apart from The Red Light Zone, the Lunicorn Press is currently only publishing the Badger series and is not accepting any unsolicited manuscripts.
In their own words
When did you start publishing?
We began in 2011 with our first in the series of Badger the Mystical Mutt books, since then a further eight books in the series have followed.
What made you want to start publishing?
We decided to ‘go it alone’ and not send the final edited manuscript of the first Badger book out to other publishers. We thought we’d do 1000 copies as a ‘calling card’ and then when sales started to increase, we decided to carry on. We’ve now sold over 40,000 of the Badger series. We have since then been approached by other publishers but decided to remain independent and hold on to all rights. Our agent last year sold the rights to Oakhill Publishing/Ulverscroft for the first two books as audio titles.
What do you specialise in?
We specialise in the Badger the Mystical Mutt series – illustrated children’s books for 5 – 9 year olds, but in Jan 19, we published an adult memoir by the former head of BBC Radio Scotland, entitled ‘The Red Light Zone – an insider’s ‘laugh’n’ tell of BBC Radio’ by Jeff Zycinski
Where are you based?
We are based in Renfrewshire, Scotland
Do you have a submission window, if so when?
No we are not accepting any unsolicited manuscripts at the moment
Who are you?
We are McNicol & Jackson (authors) and Lyn McNicol and Laura Jackson (directors of the Lunicorn Press Ltd.) Photo attached.
Background in the book industry?
Before we began publishing in 2011, neither of us had a background in the book industry. But our combined skills led us to build up a trusted team of editor, designer, printer and lawyer for our publishing ventures.
Talk about some of your books, if possible.
Badger the Mystical Mutt is a loveable, toast eating dog with a heart of gold, dodgy magic skills and a peculiar flying machine. He is the star of all nine books and comes to life as a 6ft character during all of our live events at schools, libraries, book stores and book festivals
Reviews and endorsements for Badger the Mystical Mutt series:
“By inviting authors and stars such as Badger into our libraries, we hope that our city’s youngest residents will be inspired to harness the power of books and explore their own imaginations through the wonder of reading.” Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council
“A fun, fast-paced romp of a read for younger readers…terrific stuff!” Cathy Cassidy
“Pitch perfect subtlety and wit.” Shari Low
“There are some underlying morality themes that should allow vigorous class discussions.” The School Librarian Magazine
Scotland’s most famous monster meets the world’s most magical mutt in a tale that will make you laugh, cheer and develop a craving for buttery toast.” Barry Hutchison
Reviews and endorsements for The Red Light Zone:
“It is a tale told by a supreme anecodotalist, an excellent journalist, a very accomplished writer and a man who could, and did, drink me under various tables many times” Tom Morton, The Scottish Review
“Imbued with a love for the creativity of programme makers” Liveanddeadly.net
“An absorbing read from cover to cover” Rob Waller, Radio Clyde
“A boss with a brain, a heart and a funny bone too” Kaye Adams
“A great read from an excellent story teller. The Red Light Zone gives a fascinating, and at times, hilarious, insight behind the scenes of the BBC.” BBC Radio Presenter Gary Robertson
Some photos please?
Please see attached, and here’s the link for BBC Radio Scotland documentary about us. http://dabsterproductions.com/projects/the-mystical-mutt/
Lunicorn Press made it into the Regional Shortlist for a Nibbie in The British Book Awards new category for Small Press of the Year. Well done!