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IPG and Trafalgar Square Publishing to distribute several new publishers, effective Jan. 1, 2014

July 12, 2013

Press Release (PDF)

Independent Publishers Group (IPG), through its various distribution arms, is happy to announce it has entered into agreements with a wide variety of new publishers for both print and electronic distribution. Beginning September 1, 2013, IPG will distribute all titles from Minedition, Michael Neugebauer Publishing Ltd. through its General Trade distribution program. A picture book publisher of the highest quality, Minedition was founded in 2008 by Michael Neugebauer and quickly grew to be an international success with books available on five continents, in more than 30 languages. Notable titles include award-winning illustrated editions of Tales from the Brothers Grimm, Aesop’s Fables, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and other classics.

Trafalgar Square Publishing, the leading U.S. distributor of UK and Australian publishers, and a distribution division of Independent Publishers Group (IPG), is happy to announce that it has added five publishers as distribution clients. Trafalgar Square’s clientele now includes Caffeine Nights Publishing, Double-Barrelled Books, Freight Books, Korero Press, Methuen & Co, Ltd and the publishers represented by Macmillan Marketing Services. Trafalgar Square will begin distributing these publishers as of January 1, 2014. Based in Kent, England, Caffeine Nights Publishing is a four-year-old publisher that produces quality crime and horror fiction. On the list for the spring 2014 season is bestselling British horror writer Shaun Hutson’s latest novel, Monolith. Once dubbed the bad boy of British horror, Hutson has never been afraid to tackle subjects many of his contemporaries would balk at. “Horror has been sidetracked into Mills & Boon vampire love stories for pre-pubescent girls. That’s all changing; we live in darker times and real horror writing should reflect that. I wanted a publisher who will respect that,” Hutson said. Also on the list is Dougie Brimson’s crime thriller Top Dog, which will be the official film tie-in to the movie, which begins filming in the UK this summer. Brimson scripted the multi-award winning movie Green Street starring Elijah Wood and has enjoyed major success with his novels. With over half a million books sold worldwide, Brimson’s first title Everywhere We Go (1996) remains a cult classic.

Based in London, Double-Barrelled Books is a new specialist arts publisher founded by Caroline Clifton-Mogg and Meredith Etherington-Smith. Both Clifton-Mogg and Etherington-Smith have vast experience as writers and editors of a range of internationally-acclaimed books and magazines and are now establishing their own personal imprint, the aim of which is to publish books of originality, charm and timeless interest in the field of the applied arts, style and design. Their lifestyle books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies through publishers like Ryland Peters & Small and Hachette.

A new UK imprint focused on publishing high quality fiction for an English speaking readership, Freight Books is committed to publishing works by established writers, brilliant debuts, short story collections, forgotten classics and occasional novels-in-translation. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Freight Books brings such titles as 101 Uses of a Dead Kindle and The Healing of Luther Grove by Barry Gornell. They also have a sister publication, Gutter, Scotland’s leading magazine of new writing.

An independent publishing house focused on the visual power and innovation of under the counter culture, Korero Press has a love of lowbrow and pop surrealism. Their aim is to not just showcase the weird and wonderful, but to add to and be part of the ‘scene’. The backbone of their list will be made up of kustom kulture, street art, erotica and horror titles featuring the best in emerging talent and leading artists from around the world. Some of their forthcoming books include The Fine Art of Classic Horror, Sci-Fi Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques and Kiddie Cocktails.

Founded in 1889, Methuen & Co, Ltd. concentrates on publishing quality fiction and a broad range of non-fiction, especially history and military history, sports, current affairs, travel and biography. Its extensive and prestigious backlist includes selected works of John Betjeman, H.V. Morton, H.E. Bates, Joe Orton, Monty Python, Wole Soyinka, and Mo Yan, and the evergreen 1066 & All That by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman. In 2014, Methuen will celebrate 125 years with a number of commemorative publications.

Macmillan Marketing Services, or MMS, represents numerous U.K. children’s publishers, including Laburnum Press, Meg and Lucy Books and Tulip Books. Laburnum Press publishes engaging, illustration-rich educational books primarily aimed at the Early Years market of 4 to 6 years. With many cross-cultural themes, Laburnum also introduces children to facts about different religions and ethnic backgrounds. Meg and Lucy Books focuses on giving children the space and opportunities to develop their own imagination and creativity by publishing books on perennially popular subjects with a modern twist and sparkling humor. Tulip Books sees its
mission to give children a "window" on the world through books that span straight forward interesting non-fiction told in a narrative style.

Small Press United (SPU), the subsidiary of IPG that works with small and start-up publishers, has signed The Food Nanny—also known as media personality Liz Edmunds—for her follow-up to the bestselling book The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner. Other recent SPU signings include Gutter Books, a publisher of classic pulp and hard-boiled fiction; Lucky Bamboo Crafts, celebrating Chinese culture; and Publishing Syndicate, with a dozen titles ranging from humor anthology to young adult LGBT fiction.

Finally, beginning January 1, 2014, IPG will begin distributing three new Spanish language publishers—Ediciones Contra, Ediciones Alpha Decay and Ediciones Oblicuas—through its Spanish distribution arm. Ediciones Contra is a publisher of nonfiction music, sports, and film titles, including a Spanish translation of The Fight by Norman Mailer. Ediciones Alpha Decay publishes Spanish translations of classic works of fiction from internationally known authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Richard Yates. Ediciones Oblicuas focuses on contemporary literature from authors of Spain and Latin America. All three publishers are based in Barcelona,

Established in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, computer and general trade nonfiction and fiction titles. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. Clients include publishers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Spain and other countries. In the fall of 2006, the senior management of Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading U.S. distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and distributes for clients such as Aurum Press, Canongate UK, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Orion Publishing, Random House UK and Simon and Schuster UK.

For more information or to speak with IPG’s Executive Vice President of Sales, Mark Voigt or Trafalgar Square Publishing Director Brooke O’Donnell, please contact Publicity Manager Caitlin Eck, (312) 337-0747 ext. 236 or [email protected].