We’re very chipper!
We’ve just found out this evening that, at the end of our second year of publishing, we’ve been shortlisted for four Independent Publishers Guild Awards Children’s Publisher of the Year, International Achievement, Digital Publishing and Digital Marketing.
With four slots, we’re on more shortlists than any other publisher.
This is pretty great, we think.
Last year, in March 2012 and after our first year of publishing, we were amazed (really!) to win three Independent Publishers Guild awards. We won Children’s Publisher of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
You can read about the 2013 shortlists in full here, but this is what the judges said about us in each category:
Independent Publishers Guild Children’s Publisher of the Year
“Nosy Crow is seeking to win this category for the second time in a row, having triumphed in 2012 after its first full year in publishing. Twelve months on it has been shortlisted again after even stronger commercial success and particularly impressive export, rights and coedition business. Judges admired its innovative products, marketing and can-do attitude. “From a standing start Nosy Crow has had an exceptional couple of years. It has bags of energy.”
We’re up against serious, heavy-duty competition, though, in the form of lists we could hardly admire more: Usborne Publishing and Walker Books.
The London Book Fair International Achievement Award
“Nosy Crow’s selection follows substantial export, coedition and rights sales. Deals in dozens of territories reflect its ambition, and good partnerships in territories including the US and Australia have positioned it in key markets. Judges also liked the way apps were developed with international potential firmly in mind. ‘The breadth of the global strategy is very impressive. Nosy Crow is very quickly establishing itself as a brand to follow around the world.’”
We’re up against Top That! Publishing and Advance Materials.
Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award
“Nosy Crow makes the shortlist for a raft of apps and total integration of digital. Judges liked its strategy of keeping technology work in-house while many others outsource, and the way it has reworked print-digital links by reversing paper books out of app content. ‘Nosy Crow has produced a succession of well-crafted and beautiful digital products, and achieved impressive commercial success in a very short space of time.’”
We’re up against Bloomsbury Publishing, Constable & Robinson and Faber & Faber.
Nielsen Digital Marketing Award
“Nosy Crow joins Faber in being nominated for both the digital publishing and marketing awards. Judges noted its rich website, frequent blogging, smart use of social media and brand building among online communities, and particularly liked the way it has used apps for marketing as well as publishing. ‘Nosy Crow does everything a modern publisher should. A company reaching out to people in so many ways feels new and exciting.’”
We’re up against Faber & Faber and The History Press.
We were also really pleased to see that Bounce Sales and Marketing was shortlisted for the GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award. Bounce sells Nosy Crow’s books throughout the UK. They also carry books by Phoenix Yard, a children’s publisher shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year award.
And Faber and Faber was shortlisted for the same award, which was great too: we distribute our fiction ebooks via Faber Factory.
The IPG announcement says, “The shortlists were compiled over two days of rigorous judging by industry experts sharing vast experience in publishing.
“Between them, the publishing companies span the broad and diverse range of independent publishing in the UK, and blend companies large and small, old and new. Nosy Crow leads the pack of shortlisted publishers with four nominations, while Faber & Faber has three and Advance Materials, Bloomsbury, Constable & Robinson and Phonic Books two apiece… Competition for this year’s IPG Independent Publishing Awards has been exceptionally strong.”
The winners will receive their Awards during the IPG’s Annual Conference on Thursday 7 March 2013.
Wish us luck!