The 2019 IPG Independent Publishing Award shortlists have been announced (a fortnight after we learned that we have also been shortlisted for three British Book Awards), and we are absolutely delighted to discover that Nosy Crow have been shortlisted in four categories!
We’ve been shortlisted for the Blackwell’s Children’s Publisher of the Year Award, against Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Wonderbly. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow, winner of this Award four times in the last seven years, had more remarkable growth in 2018. It achieved stellar international sales and had UK success with well-produced books including I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree. ‘Nosy Crow never seems to put a foot wrong… to become such a clear publishing brand in such a competitive market so quickly is amazing,’ judges said. They admired Nosy Crow’s care of its staff, too.”
We’ve been shortlisted for the Bookseller International Achievement Award, against Jolly Learning, Kogan Page, and Sweet Cherry Publishing. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow has won this Award three times since 2013, and it had another remarkable year of international growth in 2018. It brought export sales in house, saw sales rocket in Asia and the US in particular, and travelled thousands of miles to meet partners. ‘It’s really, really hard to do what Nosy Crow has done,’ judges said. ‘They are relentless—they never rest on their laurels and they constantly turn up new sales opportunities around the world.'”
We’ve been shortlisted for the IPG Marketing Award, against Pluto Press and Walker Books. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow had another superb year of marketing in 2018, when its focus was on retailers including Waterstones, Amazon and independents. It built brand recognition in schools and libraries too, organised many successful author events, and refined its digital marketing via Instagram, YouTube and other platforms. ‘It’s hugely impressive—strategically thought out and really well executed. It’s a 101 of how to run marketing campaigns,’ said the judges.”
And Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow’s Contracts Manager, has been shortlisted for the Inspired Selection Young Independent Publisher of the Year Award. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Ola Gotkowska of Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for this Award four times previously—testament to her enormous financial contribution to her publisher as rights manager. In 2018 she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and, in a new role of contracts manager, has been an inspiration to colleagues and friends around the world of publishing. ‘She has been right at the heart of Nosy Crow’s incredible growth,’ said the judges.”
You can find out more about all of the award shortlists here – the winners of the awards will be announced at the gala dinner of the IPG Annual Spring Conference, on May 2nd.
Wish us luck!