Managing Director of Nosy Crow, Kate has 25 years’ publishing experience. She started her career as a rights seller, before becoming MD of Macmillan Children’s Books, Group MD of Scholastic UK Ltd, and then (briefly!) CEO of Headline. She cares about good books, design, literacy and technology.Since starting Nosy Crow, she likes waking up in the morning.In September 2011, she won the title of Inspirational Business Mum of the year at the MumpreneurUK awards.
Nosy Crow is a new list, so we are looking for all sorts of things – from apps and ebooks to print – for babies to children twelve years old.
- We’d love to receive a proposal for a really original iPhone/iPad app with multimedia and interactive potential for children two to seven years old.
- We’d really like to find a truly original, fully imagined epic fantasy, possibly multi-book, ideally with girl and boy appeal, but with girl appeal if I have to choose, for children of 8+.
- We’d love to discover a new children’s book illustrator with potential for international appeal who uses paint – I am thinking saturated colours here, not line and wash – rather than working digitally.
- We always want brilliant picture book texts that either make us laugh out loud or make us feel a bit lumpy-throaty, but that will truly appeal to children and will be read 25 years from now.
- A book published this year that I admire and would love to have published (and would like to receive if I didn’t have it already) is The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Carl Hunter.
- A book I admire that I wouldn’t have published (it’s not quite child-focused enough for me, but very witty and beautiful) and would like to receive if I didn’t have it already is I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.
- Nosy Crow editorial director Camilla Reid says I should say that the book she wishes she’d published because it’s so spot-on for its audience is Around the World: Sticker Dolly Dressing
- And Nosy Crow’s head of art Stephanie Amster says, “I’d like to find the 2013 Kate Greenaway medal-winner under the Christmas Tree this year."
- We wish that lots of three to six year olds get copies of Just Right by Birdie Black and Ros Beardshaw for Christmas, which is, in our first year of publishing, our only Christmas-specific title. It’s a book about the joy of giving, as much as the joy of receiving. But it would be great if children received any of our books or apps for Christmas!
- And looking ahead, we wish that, whatever books children read and whether they read on the printed page or digitally, the importance of children reading for pleasure is recognised, celebrated, supported and properly funded by parents, teachers, policy-makers and governments.
Submission guidelines for Nosy Crow can be found here.Slushpile note: We especially love Nosy Crow for publishing friends' debuts next year:
Rescue Princesses series, the first of which - The Secret Promise - is out in April 2012.
Helen Peter's The Secret Henhouse Theatre, also April 2012.
We can't wait!