Four more publishers have signed up with Faber Factory Plus, Faber's new sales force for the independent sector.
Crimson and Murdoch Books will join in April, with Anthony Cheetham's start-up Head of Zeus, and John Mitchinson's Unbound, also coming on board. The new arrivals bring to nine the number of publishers signed with the venture, joining Arcadia, Bloodaxe, Carcanet, Gallic, Gibson Square, Pushkin and Sandstone Press.
Macmillan Distribution will offer distribution for Factory Plus publishers’ titles from June 2012 and sales director Ian West has appointed a full-time sales team. Dan Groenwald, formerly at Phaidon, will be UK sales manager; Richard Fortey, formerly at S&S, will cover the Midlands and Wales' while Luke Crabb, formerly at Aurum, the Independent Alliance and Penguin, will manage the South. Gill Hess will provide sales representation in Ireland when required. The new team join operations manager Bridge Latimer-Jones, who started in October.
West said: "We are delighted to welcome the new publishers aboard. Faber Factory Plus celebrates the breadth, creativity and quality of independent publishing. With the appointment of the new team and the partnership with Macmillan Distribution, along with the established digital service of Faber Factory, we aim to provide a comprehensive service in a time of change. Our job remains simply to get the best books to the widest possible readership.'
Stephen Page, Faber CEO and Publisher, said the evolution and development of the venture "demonstrates our central commitment to servicing the independent publishing communities in both digital and physical form and marks a significant next step for us."
Faber Factory Plus will remain outside Faber's Independent Alliance for larger independent publishers.