Templar plans to grow its fiction output to 35 titles by 2013, following its move into fiction last year with an initial seven titles. The biggest growth will be in young fiction, although commissioning editor Helen Boyle said the company will continue to develop its young adult (YA) titles.
Boyle said it is looking at three key areas including young fiction, where it can work with picture book illustrators to develop new series, as well as commercial fiction to build on the success of titles like Pod (Stephen Wallenfels). "We will also be developing what we call Templar's 'hybrid' fiction where we bring something new to the table, including illustrated fiction for older readers," she added.
Among Templar's recent acquisitions for the younger market for 2013 is a three-book series for ages seven plus from Hothouse Fiction called Harry Hammer, about a hammer-headed shark who aspires to being a great white and My Hamster Is a Genius (Dave Lowe), for aged six plus, publishing in August 2012.
Templar will publish more of Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures by picture book creator Simon Bartram.
The publisher's "hybrid" titles will include an illustrated story by Michael Foreman, The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha (January 2013), and The Tales of Terramaunia by Greenaway-winner Grahame Baker-Smith, an illustrated fantasy tale for the YA market. Boyle said: "There wasn't a market for Dragonology books when Templar created it and we believe we can create this new market for illustrated older fiction."
Among its 2012 commercial highlights is a new series by Katherine Roberts, Sword of Light (February 2012), for ages nine plus based on the Arthurian legend, and Kai Meyer's Arcadia Awakens, a "dark and edgy" paranormal YA novel which will publish in March 2012.