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: Stock Controller, Michael O’Mara Books

Posted on: 20/05/2019 with tags Jobs

STOCK CONTROLLER – Michael O’Mara Books

Salary – Available on request

Full time, based in London

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

Closing date: 24th May 2019

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.

Introducing: Guppy Books!

Posted on: 12/03/2019 with tags Catalogue, Partnerships

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.

Website: www.guppybooks.co.uk
Twitter: @guppybooks 

Sales

For all sales enquiries please contact your local Michael O’Mara sales representative, alternatively you can contact sales@mombooks.com

Distribution

For all distribution enquiries please contact:

Hachette UK Distribution
Hely Hutchinson Centre
Milton Road
Didcot
OX11 7HH
Tel: 01235 759 555
hukdcustomerservices@hachette.co.uk

Printable Unicorn Colouring Pages for Kids

Posted on: 06/06/2018 with tags Colouring pages, Freebies

Calling all unicorn lovers. We’ve put together a selection of fabulous unicorn colouring pages from our pocket-sized colouring book, I Heart Unicorns, for you to download, print and enjoy!

Unicorn Colouring Pages

Click on any of the thumbnails below to download the printable colouring page.

Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book Downloadable colouring page from the I Heart Unicorns colouring book


 

Buy the Books:

 

 

I Heart Unicorns
by Jessie Eckel

Children and adults alike can release their inner unicorn as they colour and complete this enchanted unicorn colouring book.

Part of the I Heart Colouring series with a pretty foiled cover, this book is a perfect purchase for any unicorn lover and is sure to be a unique-orn gift.

Buy from Amazon

The Magical Unicorn Society: Official Colouring Book
by Oana Befort, Ciara Ni Dhuinn, Harry and Zanna Goldhawk (Papio Press)

Bring unicorns to life and add colour and sparkle to the seven unicorn families from The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook.

With fantasy artwork from Oana Befort, Ciara Ni Dhuinn and Harry and Zanna Goldhawk (Papio Press), and a beautiful foil cover, this special book is perfect for anyone who truly believes.

Buy from Amazon

The Magical Unicorn Society: Official Handbook
by Selwyn E. Phipps, Harry and Zanna Goldhawk (Papio Press) and Helen Dardik

Discover a treasure chest of unicorn lore. Find out all about their unique powers, where they live, what they eat – and how to have the best chance of spotting one!

Buy from Amazon

Where’s the Unicorn? A Magical Search-and-Find Book
by Paul Moran

Follow a colourful blessing of globetrotting unicorns as they gallop around the world on an incredible whistle-stop tour.

From a star-studded film premiere and a flamboyant festival, to a wild safari adventure and a beautiful tropical beach, there are 17 intricately illustrated scenes to search, and seven sensational unicorns to spot in every location.

Buy from Amazon

Where’s the Unicorn Now?
by Paul Moran and Sophie Schrey

The Seven Unicorns of Rainbow Valley have become a worldwide sensation. Due to popular demand, they are off on a tour to meet their super fans. So where are the unicorns, now? Seek them out in every scene – from the bright lights of Broadway to the excitement of Rio Carnival.

Buy from Amazon

 

Founders of LOM ART to exhibit at the RA 250th Anniversary

Posted on: 31/05/2018 with tags Art, Events

The Royal Academy of Arts, London

From 12th June to 19th August 2018, artist founders of the LOM ART imprint, Lesley and Lucienne O’Mara, will be exhibiting their work at the Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition.

‘This summer, Grayson Perry RA coordinates the biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition yet, in our 250th annual celebration of “art made now”’.
– The RA

Lesley and Lucienne O’Mara founded the LOM ART imprint in 2015. Now in its third year, this list of artist-led, creative titles continues to showcase the brightest stars of illustration. It offers arty activity books, such as How to Draw People for the Artistically Anxious, The Van Gogh Activity Book and D is for Doodling, as well as quirky gift titles, including Paper World, a fun foray into 3D paper modelling.

Lesley O’Mara is a fine artist based in South London. Some of her paintings are for sale on Saatchi Art and in the Jane Newbery Gallery, Dulwich Village and she is also a member of South London Women Artists. Her works explore portraiture and anthropomorphism. She can be found online at: www.lesleyomara.com.

Her daughter, Lucienne O’Mara, graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2011. She has exhibited in numerous locations around London, including The Brockett Gallery in Vauxhall. Her most recent work explores the ideas around personal identity and its fluid and unfixed nature. She can be found online at: lucienneomara.co.uk.

Exhibition (Lucienne O’Mara)

The Discerning Eye exhibition at The Mall Galleries (Lesley O’Mara)

The National Open Art Competition, Barge House, Oxo Tower (Lesley O’Mara)

Exhibition (Lesley O’Mara)