Buster Books to publish children’s book by eminent space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE)

Posted on: 16/07/2019 with tags Trade Releases

Buster Books, the children’s imprint of Michael O’Mara Books, is to publish the first children’s non-fiction book by renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE).

Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System will take readers on a mind-blowing visual and fact-based journey, visiting the most magnificent sights and spectacles outer space has to offer

Featuring show-stopping illustrations, stunning photographs and fascinating facts, the book reveals the wonders of space science as readers explore moons, asteroids and comets, jump aboard space stations and learn how to live on Mars or spot solar flares on the Sun.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE) is a space scientist and pioneering figure in communicating science to children and adults, in public and on screen. Committed to inspiring new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists, Aderin-Pocock has given a ‘Tours of the Universe’ talk to over 60,000 people across the globe.

In 2009, Dr Maggie was appointed an MBE for her services to science and education. She currently presents the new series of The Sky at Night on BBC 4 and Mini Stargazing for CBeebies.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE) said: “Many of us have dreamed of getting out into space but with limited time and funds few of us have made it. With this book we can make the trip of a lifetime to the very edge of the Solar System. Join me as we make the ultimate journey, a Grand Tour of the Solar System.”

Frances Evans, Buster Books Senior Editor said: “Fun, inspiring and totally mind-blowing, this immersive tour of the Solar System reflects Dr Maggie’s life-long passion for sharing the wonders of space with children. It is an action-packed tour that leaves no question unanswered and no meteorite unturned.

“It has been an absolute joy to work with Dr Maggie over the last year and we cannot wait for lift-off in September.”

Lesley O’Mara, Michael O’Mara Books Managing Director, acquired world rights from Vicki McIvor at Take Three Management Ltd. Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System will publish in hardback on 5th September 2019, priced £12.99.

 

National Poetry Day at 25: Michael O’Mara Books to launch new poetry podcast

Posted on: 16/07/2019 with tags Trade Releases

Michael O’Mara Books and Forward Arts Foundation are to launch a new poetry podcast to mark the publication of Tell Me the Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology, in celebration of National Poetry Day’s 25th anniversary on 3rd October 2019.

Tell Me the Truth About Life: Poems That Matter and Why – a Poetry Podcast will be a five-episode podcast series in which five much-loved names read and discuss their favourite poems and the truths that poetry speaks to them.

The podcast, introduced by poetry lover and BBC presenter Cerys Matthews, features Susannah Herbert, Executive Director of the Forward Arts Foundation, in conversation with:

  • Nikita Gill – writer and poet
  • Michael Morpurgo – author
  • Henry Normal – comedian and TV producer
  • Jade Anouka – actor
  • Kate Clanchy – teacher and author

Following a public call-out in October 2018, people across the UK were asked to nominate poems old and new that touch on ‘a truth that matters to me’. Thousands of poems were submitted, alongside nominations from high-profile names including: actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss; Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman; author and former Labour MP Ed Balls; comedian Frank Skinner; journalist and author Dolly Alderton and former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

All poems have been curated and introduced by Cerys Matthews to form the collection Tell Me the Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology – 100 Poems That Matter, published on 12th September 2019.

The first episode of the podcast will be available for download on Monday 2nd September, with a new episode available each week in the run up to National Poetry Day, with the final episode available on Monday 30th September. The podcast will be available across all platforms including iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify.

Cerys Matthews said: “A search for truth seems inevitable in this loud decade. Could this be why we’ve seen poetry dust itself off and proceed to strut down the catwalk of art as a valid, resonant, powerful means of communication? Since first asking people  ‘what poems speak truth to you?’, I have been overwhelmed with responses from the public, from friends, from colleagues. You can sample their suggestions on the Tell Me The Truth About Life podcast, an audio accompaniment to the book of the same name, a ‘people’s anthology’ of poetry released to coincide with National Poetry Day’s 25th anniversary this year. This project’s origins began a few years ago, when, like many others, I felt poetry regaining power and relevance, giving voice to the unheard and creating a place to share and question ideas.”

 Susannah Herbert, Executive Director at Forward Arts Foundation, said: “Good poems start good conversations: when you ask people for the words that mean the most to them, words that touch on truth, they inevitably think aloud about their lives in new ways. They reach for lines of poetry, because ordinary prose just won’t do: National Poetry Day is just one day in October, but this new podcast means listeners can enjoy it all year round.”

A percentage of royalties from the sale of Tell Me the Truth About Life will be donated to Forward Arts Foundation, the charity behind National Poetry Day. Michael O’Mara Books will use the hashtag #TellMetheTruthAboutLife for publication.

      

Buster Books partners with ClientEarth to publish children’s eco-hero book

Posted on: 30/05/2019 with tags Trade Releases

Buster Books, the children’s imprint of Michael O’Mara Books, is partnering with ClientEarth – an environmental charity run by lawyers to protect the planet’s ecosystems and people – to publish an environmental book encouraging children to take care of our planet.

Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero will include a foreword by ClientEarth trustee Brian Eno.

Written by award-winning author Clive Gifford and illustrated by wildlife artist Jonathan Woodward, who specialises in a cut-paper collage style using recycled materials, the book will also be printed in full colour using special environmentally-friendly waterless inks on FSC paper.

Through a mix of compelling facts, creative activities and proactive tips, each chapter of the book focuses on a particular area of the environment, inspiring children to engage with environmental issues in everyday situations.

From reusing clothes and composting food to reducing water waste and giving wildlife a helping hand, the unique ‘Guardian’ theme of the book provides everything a child needs to protect particular areas of the environment. For example, readers can find out how to care for the oceans as a ‘Keeper of the Coast’, plant trees as a ‘Friend of the Forests’ and learn all about recycling as a ‘Home Hero’.

Lesley O’Mara, Managing Director of Michael O’Mara Books, said: “Michael O’Mara Books have been supporters of ClientEarth for several years and we’re delighted to partner with this pioneering charity to produce a beautiful book, which encourages children to engage with environmental problems and feel confident in doing what they can to help save our planet.”

Karla Hill, Global Programmes Director at ClientEarth, said: “Without decisive action, it’s our children who will have to live with the worst effects of climate change. We all need to tackle the problem but it’s really important that the next generation understands what causes climate change and how they can help ensure a healthy future for their planet. That’s why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Michael O’Mara Books on this fantastic book, which will help educate and inspire young readers.”

Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero by Clive Gifford and Jonathan Woodward will publish on 26th September 2019. All royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to ClientEarth. Buster Books will use the Twitter hashtag #GuardiansofthePlanet for publication.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael O’Mara Books to publish biography of Margaret Beaufort by historian Nicola Tallis

Posted on: 22/05/2019 with tags Trade Releases

Michael O’Mara Books is to publish the first comprehensive popular biography in over thirty years of Margaret Beaufort – mother of Henry VII, the first Tudor king – by critically acclaimed historian Nicola Tallis.

Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch charts Beaufort’s life as a descendent of Edward III, positioning her as a threat to the Yorkist cause, and her marriage to the half-brother of the Lancastrian king Henry VI during the Wars of the Roses.

Aged thirteen, Beaufort endured a traumatic childbirth that brought her close to death. Forced to give up her child, Beaufort remained steadfast in the face of adversity while she plotted to overthrow Richard III and secure the throne for her son.

Offering a fresh and personal perspective of this fascinating period, Uncrowned Queen explores the truth behind the myths and misconceptions surrounding Margaret and details how she became the most powerful woman in England – Queen in all but name.

Nicola Tallis said: “I’m beyond excited to be telling the story of this often overlooked – but more importantly misunderstood – lady who brings a refreshingly new energy to the Tudor period. Margaret lived through war and tumult, adversity and strife, yet she not only survived, she thrived. In so doing, she laid the foundations for England’s most famous dynasty.”

Fiona Slater, Deputy Editorial Director at Michael O’Mara Books, said: “Going back to the archives, Nicola Tallis breathes new life and rich detail into an extraordinary narrative and reveals an extremely ambitious, devoted and generous woman who risked everything to ultimately found the Tudor dynasty.”

Fiona Slater acquired World English language rights from Donald Winchester at Watson, Little Ltd.

Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch is the third book by Nicola Tallis to be published by Michael O’Mara Books. The book will be published in hardback on 7th November 2019, priced £20.00.

 

New Job Role: Sales Operations Executive, Michael O’Mara Books

Posted on: 20/05/2019 with tags Jobs

SALES OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE – Michael O’Mara Books

Salary – Available on request

Full time, based in London

Are you a whizz at Excel? Do you love logistics? We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised sales professional to join our fast-paced, friendly and dynamic sales team. With at least one year’s experience in a sales environment, the successful candidate will have full responsibility for all stock management needs.

This is an essential role, not only within the sales team, but for the company as a whole and will require someone with excellent attention to detail and proven organisational skills. Working across departments, you will be a self-starter who has the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Michael O’Mara Books is a leading independent publishing house known for our innovative and diverse non-fiction list, comprising best-selling biography, autobiography and humour in addition to popular science, history and lifestyle. Under our children’s imprint, Buster Books, we also publish commercial children’ activity and reference titles, and in 2015 we launched our new art-inspired imprint, LOM Art.

Key duties

  • Monitoring stock levels ensuring availability of front and backlist titles
  • Managing reprints in the most cost-effective and timely way in response to rate of sale
  • Collating title sales breakdowns to present to management in the weekly reprints meeting
  • Liaising with the sales and production departments to facilitate run-ons and special printings
  • Keeping track of stock in the warehouse including reserves, frozen returns, special editions and signed stock
  • Monitoring slow-moving stock, collating overstock and remainder lists and facilitating a quarterly overstocks meeting
  • Selling overstocks and remainders at the best prices to relevant customers
  • Providing sales support to the UK & Export Sales Director in managing relationships with our sales distribution partners in Australia, India and South Africa

Experience / Skills required

  • At least one year’s sales experience as a Sales Assistant
  • A good working knowledge of the UK market, ideally with an understanding of the remainder channel although not essential
  • Meticulous organisational skills
  • The ability to work across departments and build good working relationships
  • An understanding of the book production process would be desirable
  • A good working knowledge of Excel

Closing date: Friday 7th June 2019

The role is permanent and full-time and will report directly into the Senior UK Sales Manager. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, including current salary to alex.stewart@mombooks.com

Michael O’Mara is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities.

New job role(s): Editor, Buster Books

Posted on: 09/05/2019 with tags Jobs

EDITOR x2 – Buster Books

Salary – £Competitive

One permanent, full-time role
One on maternity contract, minimum 9 months
both based in London

BUSTER BOOKS is an imprint of Michael O’Mara Books. We love to create quirky non-fiction and picture books for curious and creative children. We are looking for two talented and enthusiastic editors, one permanent and one on maternity contract, with an excellent eye for accuracy and detail, excellent communication skills and oodles of creativity to join our lively team.

Four years’ children’s editorial experience required.

YOUR ROLE:

Ensuring that a range of children’s non-fiction projects are taken through the publishing process – from ideas to published books, on time and to budget.

This involves:

  • Contributing new book ideas
  • Developing new ideas to proposal stage
  • Edit and project manage a range of Buster titles. Working more independently than junior colleagues
  • Issuing contracts to authors/artists/designers
  • Commissioning, fact checking and editing authors’ text
  • Working with designers on layouts of interiors
  • Commissioning artists, briefing and feeding back to them
  • Arranging for final page layouts to be fact checked and proofread then inputting corrections
  • Cross-checking the books of other editors in the department
  • Liaising with sales and publicity and presenting titles at sales conferences
  • Informing publicity of potential publicity opportunities within Buster’s titles as they arise
  • Researching the children’s book market, keeping abreast of new trends
  • A working knowledge of InDesign

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to: lauren.farnsworth@mombooks.com

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Michael O’Mara is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities.

New Job Role: Senior Commissioning Editor, Michael O’Mara Books

Posted on: 08/05/2019 with tags Jobs

SENIOR COMMISSIONING EDITOR – Michael O’Mara Books

Salary – Competitive, depending on experience

Full time, based in London

We are looking for a creative, enthusiastic Senior Commissioning Editor with at least three years’ experience of commissioning commercial adult non-fiction. A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a proactive approach to commissioning, the ideal candidate must also have strong negotiating skills, solid relationships with agents and authors, a wide knowledge of the commercial non-fiction market, a sharp eye for detail and the ability to work accurately under pressure.

Key duties include commissioning and managing a list of around ten titles per year in the areas of autobiography, reference, narrative non-fiction, gift and humour; finding new authors and developing relationships with agents; preparing and presenting proposals for new titles; and negotiating and drawing up contracts.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an ambitious candidate to help create a list for one of the few remaining independent publishing houses.

Closing date: 24th May 2019

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to: louise.dixon@mombooks.com.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Michael O’Mara is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities.

New job role: Editorial Assistant, Buster Books

Posted on: 03/05/2019 with tags Jobs

 

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT – Buster Books

Salary – circa £19k+

Full time, based in London

BUSTER BOOKS is an imprint of Michael O’Mara Books. It loves to create books for curious and creative children. We are looking for an editorial assistant with an excellent eye for accuracy and detail, excellent communication skills and oodles of creativity to join our lively team.

One year of experience in the publishing industry required.

YOUR ROLE:

Admin support for the department – general duties including, but not restricted to: filing, taking minutes, maintaining databases, checking stock levels, responding to submissions, and liaising with the rest of the company to ensure the smooth-running of the department – particularly before and during book fairs.

Editorial support – including: researching information for content, proofreading, checking ISBNs, assisting editors on their titles, contributing to ideas meetings. You would also be editing your own titles, under supervision, which may include suggesting content, commissioning writers and artists and learning to edit to a high standard using Adobe inDesign.

Contributing new book ideas and developing them to proposal stage.

Researching the children’s book market, and keeping abreast of new trends.

Closing date: 17th May 2019

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to: philippa.wingate@mombooks.com

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Michael O’Mara is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities.

 

 

New job role: Office Administrator

Posted on: 03/05/2019 with tags Jobs

Office Administrator – Michael O’Mara Books

Salary – £19k pa

Permanent, based in London

Michael O’Mara is an award winning family-run independent Publisher, which was shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year for The British Book Industry Awards 2016.  The company was set up thirty-two years ago and now, with a backlist of over a thousand titles, it is still a family firm, producing bestsellers and one hundred and fifty new books a year.

Your role:

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and organised Office Administrator to join our busy London office.  As well as general receptionist duties, responsibilities include producing sales material, answering enquiries, helping with book fair organisation and generally liaising between departments to ensure the smooth running of the company. This is a varied and busy role that requires a bright, dynamic applicant who is happy multi-tasking. Office experience is an advantage.

 Closing date: 17th May 2019

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to: chris.ratcliffe@mombooks.com

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Michael O’Mara is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities.

 

New Job Role: Senior Press Officer

Posted on: 11/04/2019 with tags Jobs

Michael O’Mara Books – Senior Press Officer

Salary – on application

Permanent, based in London

An exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, social media-savvy and creative candidate to join a thriving independent publisher as Senior Press Officer. We are seeking an experienced publicity professional with a proven background in non-fiction campaigns to spread the word about our fantastic books and authors.

Reporting to the Head of Publicity, this is a unique chance to join a small, passionate team and really make an impact.

Michael O’Mara Books is a leading independent publishing house known for our innovative and diverse non-fiction list, comprising best-selling biography, autobiography and humour in addition to popular science, history and lifestyle. Under our children’s imprint, Buster Books, we also publish commercial children’s activity and reference titles, and in 2015 we launched our new art-inspired imprint, LOM ART.

Key duties:

  • Create PR plans and drive publicity campaigns for lead Michael O’Mara titles, working to specified budgets
  • Compile mailing lists and write press releases
  • Pitch to press, broadcast and online outlets to secure publicity coverage (features, interviews, extracts) and answer journalist requests
  • Create and manage publicity schedules and accompany authors to media interviews and events, maintaining a high standard of author care
  • Manage Michael O’Mara Books social channels across Twitter, Instagram and YouTube through liaising with the team and creating and scheduling posts
  • Work closely and collaboratively with authors, agents and colleagues in Sales and Editorial, and communicate effectively with in-house and external parties on campaigns and progress
  • Organise events and pitch for author festival appearances
  • Maintain and foster excellent relationships with media contacts

Experience / skills required:

  • Currently at Press Officer level, with at least 2 years publicity experience in non-fiction publishing
  • Strong contacts across print, broadcast and online media
  • Solid experience using social media channels, integrating different mediums to create and execute effective, successful campaigns
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team as well as independently
  • Meticulous organisational and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of how to integrate publicity and marketing
  • Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress (desirable)

This role is a permanent, full-time position. To apply, please email your CV and covering letter, including current salary to saskia.angenent@mombooks.com

Salary: Available on request

Closing date: Friday 26th April 2019

Michael O’Mara Books is an equal opportunities employer and employs people on the basis of their abilities.

Please note: Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position.