Ruby Tuesday launches publishing programme

Ruby Tuesday launches publishing programme

Book packager Ruby Tuesday Books will from this autumn publish its own non-fiction titles for the UK market.
 
Ruth Owen, a former publishing director at TickTock Publishing, will this October publish four titles in a series called My World Your World about how children around the world live. The books – A Place to Call Home, Time to Play, Time for School and The Food We Eat are aimed at Key Stage 1 and will be published in both paperback (£6.99) and hardback (£10.99). They are fully illustrated with colour photographs.
 
Owen, a former publishing director at TickTock Publishing, set up the Cornwall-based company to be a packager for publishers in the UK and US in 2008. However, she began publishing non-fiction after a request from New York-based Bearport Publishing.
 
“They said why don’t you publishing books of your own and we will sell the in the US? I’d been producing so many books for the US I was almost more comfortable with that market,” she said. “We did the first 16 books for the US in 2014. Then at the end of 2014 we started discussing publishing in the UK, so we’ve done it back to front – US then the home market.”
 
She added: “I’ve always loved non-fiction. I think it’s sometimes seen as the poor relation but I’ve always loved doing it. When done well, kids love it as much as a picture book or a fiction title.”
 
Another four books in the series - The Clothes We Wear, How We Get Around, Celebrations and Special Days and Everybody Needs Water – will be published in December.
 
In 2016, Owen is planning on publishing between 30 and 40 books, both to the trade and directly with schools, and is working with sales agency Cats Tales for selling to trade and MMS for selling to schools.