We are delighted to say that Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for three 2021 IPG Independent Publishers Awards. Run by the Independent Publishers Guild, of which Nosy Crow has been a member for 10 years and whose board Kate Wilson recently joined, the awards, judged by an independent panel of judges, reward excellence in a range of publishing areas. This year, we are shortlisted for:
Clays Children’s Publisher of the Year Award, and the judges said: “Nosy Crow has won this award five times in the last ten years and had another stellar year of growth. Judges particularly admired the way it had sustained international sales, set up its own field sales force in the UK and published a free digital book about Coronavirus for children. ‘There’s so much to like about Nosy Crow. It made some brave decisions in a difficult year, and the Covid book was an important piece of publishing.'”
We are up against Usborne Publishing and Sweet Cherry Publishing.
Deanta International Achievement Award, and the judges said: “Nosy Crow has won this award four times in the last eight years, and it achieved yet more international growth in 2020. Judges particularly liked the way it responded to the cancellation of book fairs and travel with animated catalogues and virtual meetings. ‘Nosy Crow have amazing people who go the extra mile. They listen to their customers, understand their markets and respond brilliantly… it’s a textbook international operation.'”
We are up against Jolly Learning and Sweet Cherry Publishing.
And, finally, we have been shortlisted for the IPG Marketing Award, and the judges said: “Nosy Crow is shortlisted for its interactive Frankfurt rights guide, an innovative response to the cancellation of book fairs. Featuring videos introducing books, animations of novelty titles, turn-the-page features, the guides went down well with customers and helped to achieve hundreds of rights or coedition deals. ‘This was a quick and clever reaction to Covid—it looked great and obviously played a big part in sustaining sales,’ judges said.”
We are up against Kogan Page and Pluto Press.
We are one of two publishers – the other is Bloomsbury, which is shortlisted for Paperback Shop (Adult) Trade Publisher of the Year, PLS Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year; and Westchester Education Services Educational Publisher of the Year – to have three shortlistings. It makes us very proud.
You can find out more about all the award shortlists here. The winners of the awards will be revealed at a special presentation on September 21st at the OXO Tower Brasserie in London.