…it provides a great balance between the satisfaction of long term planning and short term delights. I love planning (I’m a bit of a nerd like that and I’ve made my peace with it!). I love dreaming up my wildest ideas and having the time and space to think about how to bring them to life. I love knowing where the business is headed over the next 12 months. It means that once the basic structure is in place, we can tweak and add and innovate and respond to what the market is doing, right up to release day, with no last minute scrabbling around to get the basics done. At the other end of the scale, I love the flexibility that being small (the company, not me) brings to the table. It’s a great feeling to know you can have an idea, and then do something about it that very same day.
A delight to rival no other in publishing is when a book arrives back from the printer. I’m always worried when they arrive, as with all our books, that somehow the printer will have dulled the colour, wonked the font, or that the gleaming image on our monitors would, in real life, end up a poor, flat disappointment. But it never does. They’re PERFECT, thanks to our amazing new printer, Print on Demand Worldwide.
One of the things I’m particularly proud of is our dyslexia-friendly range of our adult titles. We’ve had amazing feedback from readers and bookshops alike on their release, and I can’t thank them enough for giving a small company like us a chance, especially at a time when smaller bookstores were reluctant to take on new stock they had no idea they could shift. Where would we be without them?