Today is a good day in the Nosy Crow nest.
We are really, really pleased that this morning we are able to announce the appointment of Nia Roberts as Head of Design. Nia is currently Art Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books and previously worked at Simon and Schuster, Orchard Books, Kingfisher and Random House. She has collaborated closely with bestselling and prizewinning author/illustrators and illustrators including Benji Davies, Sue Hendra and Tony Ross.
Nia joins Nosy Crow on 4 October 2016, replacing lovely Steph who leaves us to join Bloomsbury Children’s books at the end of July.
As Head of Design at Nosy Crow she’ll be using her commissioning and design skills to develop Nosy Crow’s already hugely respected full-colour list, from baby board books to sophisticated non-fiction produced in partnership with The National Trust and The British Museum, but her particular focus will be picture books, which are such a key part of our list: Nosy Crow has published just 83 picture books to date, but, based on TCM figures, its picture book sales are up 49% YOY and it is already the UK’s 11th largest publisher of picture books.
I am so proud to have attracted someone of Nia’s calibre to Nosy Crow. I think Nia likes the feel of the small creative team here, but she’s also champing at the bit to work with the truly brilliant and exciting illustrators, author/illustrators and authors that we publish and have signed up for the future.
Nia says, “While I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at Harper Collins, the opportunity to work with Nosy Crow – a list I have admired since it started – was just too exciting to turn down. I’m very much looking forward to getting to work with the talented team and their excellent illustrators and authors.”