Thursday, 10 May 2012

Who we are, and what we do.

Lonely Scribe is a small publisher. Very small - there are literally two of us. Susan, the publishing director (that's me), and Tom, the managing director. Our rather grand-sounding titles cover a multitude of roles; between us we are responsible for everything that a publishing company does: commissioning and producing books, looking after our authors, marketing and selling the books and keeping on top of the finances. We rope in other people - our long-suffering spouses, friends and occasional freelancers - when we can.

We set up Lonely Scribe in 2010, as a fun and hopefully worthwhile experiment: could we, after years of working in other publishing companies, set up our own? We wanted to publish books we really cared about, in areas that we were interested in, and we wanted to work in a different way - flexibly, around our families. Tom has five children and I have three; I live in the East Midlands, he lives in Gloucestershire. Two years on, we're still here and we're excited about our new books: Breastfeeding - Stories to Inspire and Inform, coming soon, and a biography, Peter Scott (son of Scott of the Antarctic, painter, naturalist and founder of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust), to be published in the autumn. Is the experiment working? We hope so. Watch this space!

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