Louise Jordan, the director of the Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books, has launched her own publishing company to publish books for children. Louise said that she decided to create Wacky Bee Books, after seeing, through her job, a lot of good writers who weren’t getting published.
“I was keen to publish those writers I was mentoring through the Advice Centre who I saw had great potential but weren’t being picked up by the bigger publishers. I look forward to working with all these talented writers and helping them find their readers.”
Wacky Bee’s aim is to produce accessible texts for all reading levels. Its books may be sometimes challenging in terms of content but never in terms of length, format or excitement.
They will publish titles for children aged 5-8 (“Little Bee” books) and some for those aged 9-12 (“big bee” books) – and has published: Geronimo, The Dog Who Thinks He’s a Cat by Jessie Wall, illustrated by Emily Stanbury (p/b, £5.99), and The Great Farty Slob Beastby Charlie Farley (p/b, £6.99), illustrated by Joe Barleymow. In 2019/20 Wacky Bee will release a much bigger programme including award-winning European children’s fiction in translation – and follow-ups to the highly successful “Dougal Daley” and “Veronica Twitch the Fabulous Witch” series.
Wacky Bee Books describes itself as ‘a small publishing company with very big ideas’ and the MMS team absolutely agrees with that! The first new titles sold by MMS will be for November: A Postcard to Ollis and for December: Mustafa’s Jumper. This exciting little trade publisher really complements other MMS publishers and the quality and sales possibility is second to none!