The 2018 IPG Independent Publishing Award shortlists have been announced, and we are absolutely delighted to discover that Nosy Crow have been shortlisted for five awards!
We’ve been shortlisted for the Children’s Publisher of the Year Award (which we have won previously in 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017), against Bloomsbury, Walker, and Little Tiger Group. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow has won this Award four times in the last six years, and is shortlisted once again for another 12 months of growth across the board. Judges singled out its brand-building, partnerships with booksellers and constant digital innovation, and noted its relentless rights activity around the world. ‘Nosy Crow keeps moving along on an incredibly successful path,’ judges said. ‘The way it listens to readers and retailers is second to none.'”
We’ve been shortlisted for the International Achievement Award, against Kogan Page and SPCK. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow is shortlisted here for the sixth time in seven years after another stellar year of sales. Judges admired its strategic, rounded and well-invested approach to global business, which sees it secure world rights to content wherever possible and leverage them to the extent that more than half its revenue is earned beyond the UK. ‘International is integrated into everything Nosy Crow does—it’s so ingenious in the way it exploits its rights,’ they said.”
We’ve been shortlisted for the Digital Publishing Award, against Bloomsbury Publishing, Class Publishing, and PG Online. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow expanded its digital publishing in tandem with its print books in 2017, launching both a new programme of fiction audiobooks and book-related websites under a new partnership with the British Museum. It extended its range of apps too, and started to produce them for third parties. ‘Nosy Crow doesn’t seem to take a wrong step in its digital work, and it’s diversifying in some really interesting ways,’ said the judges.”
We’ve been shortlisted for the Digital Marketing Award, against How2Become and Pluto Press. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow, winner of this Award in 2014 and 2015, further enhanced its digital marketing to readers, retailers, reviewers, authors and overseas publishers alike in 2017. It launched an Instagram platform, expanded its YouTube presence and grew direct-to-consumer sales, and still found time to blog every day. Judges said: ‘Nosy Crow ticks every box in digital marketing. For what is still a relatively small company, it achieves an amazing amount.'”
And Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow’s Rights Manager, has been shortlisted for the Young Independent Publisher of the Year Award. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Ola Gotkowska of Nosy Crow, shortlisted for this Award for a fourth time, helped Nosy Crow to another sharp increase in both foreign rights and co-edition sales in 2017. She found dozens of new rights customers, and combines sales and negotiation skills with superlative organisation. ‘She does her job terrifically well in a part of the industry that is usually unsung—but which is clearly a major reason for Nosy Crow’s success,’ 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 March 8th.
Wish us luck!