A Word from Michael O’Mara …
In July 1985 Michael O’Mara Books published its first book. At that time the firm’s only two employees were Mr. and Mrs. O’Mara and the offices were the spare bedroom of their semi-detached Clapham house, it was, quite literally, a Mom and Pop business.
Now, after thirty years of publications, with a backlist of a thousand titles, it is still a family firm, producing one hundred and fifty new books a year. Succeeding as an independent in a publishing world dominated by vast, multinational conglomerates is not easy but it is fun.
We hope that some of the fun we have had creating our list will filter through to our readers and we look forward to many more years of successful, independent publishing.
Unlike larger publishers with big budgets and established reputations, we depend on the passion of our employees, illustrators and authors. Every day we have to be resourceful with our funds, imaginative with our ideas and supportive in our relationships. What we have achieved is testament to the potential of independent publishers everywhere.
Michael O’Mara Books turned 30 years old in 2015. It was the year that we shouted about the culture of a company that we love. We celebrated our people and creativity. We changed the perception of the company in the public eye from not only being trend-led and nimble, but also strategic, passionate and creative. We also proved that we could be a powerful commercial force in the United Kingdom and around the world.
We’re masters in balancing commercial appeal with originality.
Supporting authors and artists
We seek to give a voice to undiscovered talent, scouring every avenue to discover new voices and styles.
We work closely with our foreign customers to ensure our books have international relevance and appeal.
Design & production
Our titles promote the tactile qualities that make readers fall in love with books as physical products.
We work hard to establish partnerships, supporting charities and inspiring positive social change.
In 2015 we supported five new charities and brokered partnerships to publish books with The RHS, Amnesty and Mind in 2016. We also partnered with M&S to sponsor the David Shepherd Wildlife Global Canvas Art and Poetry Competition and ran competitions with schools in Lambeth.
Just before Christmas 2016, volunteers from the company visited St Thomas’ Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital to host free colouring events for children and their carers.
For more about our charitable activities, check out the ‘We Support’ page here.