We were already feeling a bit giddy from World Book Day – terrific app sales following our one-day World Book Day promotion (sorry if you missed it: they are jolly good value at full-price too) and, of course, arguing about what children’s book character we should be.
And today we’ve had great news. We’ve been shortlisted for four Independent Publishing Awards. And these are concise shortlists – some with only two publishers on them!
We are shortlisted for THE IPG CHILDREN’S PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. The judges said, “Nosy Crow, a new arrival in children’s publishing, is shortlisted for its books and apps that bring reading alive for children and parents. Judges especially liked its high production values and close customer engagement. What Nosy Crow has achieved in just two years is phenomenal. Its marketing has been faultless and its publishing is full of energy.”
We are shortlisted for THE IPG NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AWARD. The judges said, “Nosy Crow is in contention in this category after demonstrating impressive commercial success after just two years in existence. Judges liked its twin focus on books and apps and admired its sense of ambition. Nosy Crow has produced a string of beautiful books and apps in a very short space of time. It has picked up impressive sales from a standing start.”
We are shortlisted for THE LONDON BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. The judges said, “Nosy Crow impressed judges with its ambition to sell its books and apps around the world right from its launch rather than relying on the UK. They admired its imaginative efforts both to promote export and co-edition sales and to sell its apps in north America. It is a great example of a company looking at a changing market and adapting itself very quickly to it.”
We are shortlisted for the THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR DIGITAL MARKETING AWARD. The judges said, “Nosy Crow impressed for its efforts to establish the Nosy Crow brand among readers, suppliers and other partners, making full use of websites, microsites, email, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube among other platforms. Nosy Crow has made very good use of technology and has wholeheartedly embraced the digital market.”
In some way, entering for these awards is startlingly dull: there’s a lot of envelope stuffing involved in entering for four awards! But in other ways, explaining, to tight criteria, what we feel we’ve achieved over our first year of publishing is both useful and cheering.
The awards are made at the Independent Publishers Guild Annual conference next week. The competition’s stiff, so wish us luck!