Louise Jordan, the director of the Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books, is launching her own publishing company to publish books for children.
Jordan said she decided to create Wacky Bee Books, based in South London, after seeing through her job a lot of good writers who weren’t getting published. “I was keen to publish those writers I was mentoring through the Advice Centre who I saw had great potential but weren’t being picked up by the bigger publishers. I look forward to working with all these talented writers and helping them find their readers.”
She will publish titles for children aged 5-8 (“Little Bee” books) and some for those aged 9-12 (“big bee” books) - and has two lined up for this year: Geronimo, The Dog Who Thinks He’s a Cat by Jessie Wall, illustrated by Emily Stanbury (p/b, £5.99), and The Great Farty Slob Beast by Charlie Farley (p/b, £6.99), illustrated by Joe Barleymow. Both will be released 1st October.
In 2016 Jordan will release four more books – two picture books and two fiction titles. The picture books, My Mum is There and My Dad Will Do Both, are by Martin Thomas and Ag Jatkowska (p/b, £6.99) and will be published in February and May, respectively.
The fiction books are The Cat Who Thinks She’s a Dog (p/b, £6.99), a sequel to Geronimo... by Wall, and a title that is yet to be announced, and they will be released later in the year.
Wacky Bee Books sales is represented by Manning Partnership in Bath and distributed by Grantham Book Services.