Introducing: Guppy Books!
A New Sales and Distribution Partnership
Michael O’Mara Books is proud to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Guppy Books, an independent children’s publishing house founded in 2019 by Bella Pearson, former Publishing Director at David Fickling Books.
Guppy Books is based in Oxford and will publish eight to ten fiction titles a year, which will primarily be aimed at middle grade through to young adult readers. Michael O’Mara Books will be selling and distributing Guppy Books in the UK and export market, and Sarah Pakenham of Scallywag Press, ex-rights director at Andersen Press, will be selling translation rights.
While working as an editor with David Fickling, Bella acquired and edited multiple bestselling and award-winning titles during this time, including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss, Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay and Before I Die by Jenny Downham. She won the Branford Boase Award for Siobhan Dowd’s A Swift Pure Cry in 2007, and has been shortlisted a further five times.
“To be choosing, editing and producing books for children on my very own list is a dream come true … My aim is for Guppy Books to be a responsive, inclusive and transparent publishing house, presenting the very best in original, ground-breaking and entertaining fiction for all ages, from both debut and established authors and illustrators.”
– Bella Pearson, Publisher at Guppy Books
Guppy Books will launch with its first two titles in the autumn of 2019: Gloves Off, a gripping YA novel about bullying, body image and boxing from author, Louisa Reid, acquired from Hilary Delamere at The Agency; and a magical middle-grade adventure from Australian writer Jaclyn Moriarty, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone.
Early 2020 sees the publication of two debut middle-grade series, and a thrilling YA novel from critically-acclaimed author, Beverley Birch.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Bella on the new, exciting Guppy Books list. Bella is an extraordinary publisher who has a talent for finding and nurturing those voices which really connect with the reader. Everyone at Michael O’Mara Books is passionate about innovative children’s books, and these thought-provoking and entertaining fiction titles will perfectly complement and add a new dimension to our list. We can’t wait to share Bella’s wonderful Guppy Books list far and wide.”
– Rumana Haider, UK & Export Sales Director at Michael O’Mara Books
Guppy Books is now accepting submissions from agents, and will announce further plans regarding unsolicited submissions later in the year.
For all sales enquiries please contact your local Michael O’Mara sales representative, alternatively you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For all distribution enquiries please contact:
Hachette UK Distribution
Hely Hutchinson Centre
Tel: 01235 759 555