Today the Independent Publishers Guild held its fifteenth annual award ceremony, celebrating the creativity, innovation and inventiveness of publishers across the UK industry. We were shortlisted for three awards this year – Children’s Publisher of the Year, the Deanta International Achievement Award, and the IPG Marketing Award – and we are absolutely delighted to have won in two categories, as well being awarded the overall Independent Publisher of the Year Award!
For the sixth time in our ten years, we won the Children’s Publisher of the Year Award, though we were up against a strong shortlist of Usborne Publishing and Sweet Cherry Publishing. The judges “particularly admired the way 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 also thrilled to have won the Deanta International Achievement Award for, astonishingly, the second year running and the fifth time in our ten years of publishing, owing to yet more international growth in 2020. The judges “particularly liked the way 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.'”
And finally, the winners of the five publishing category awards – Children’s, Trade, Education, Academic/Professional, Specialist Consumer and Newcomer – go forward to be judged against one another for an overall award, the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year award.
We are incredibly proud to have won this flagship award in our tenth year, and to have been named Independent Publisher of the Year for the second time, following our success in 2016 – the only publisher to have won this prestigious award twice.
The judges said: “Nosy Crow receives the title of IPG Independent Publisher of the Year for the second time. The judges of this Award applauded its remarkable growth, stellar sales in the UK and overseas and superb response to all the challenges of the pandemic. ‘Even by its own high standards Nosy Crow had an exceptional year,’ they said. ‘They know exactly what they want to achieve and how to go about it… everything they do is professional and passionate.'”
You can find out more about the IPG Awards here.