New recruits in the Fox’s den!

We’re coming up to our first birthday here at Curious Fox, and as we enter our second year we’ve got some great new people joining us in the fox’s den: Loraine Taylor as Publisher, Helen Freeman as Publishing Director and Chris Moody as National Sales Manager.

New recruits to the team at Curious Fox
New to the team at Curious Fox: (l-r) Loraine, Ann, Helen and Chris

Loraine Taylor joins Curious Fox in the role of Publisher on the basis of a long and highly
successful career in children’s publishing. She worked at Walker Books for 20 years, during which time she guided and developed the Where’s Wally publishing programme, as well as working on other high-profile properties such as Maisy and Guess How Much I Love You. Latterly Loraine has been working as a freelance literary consultant. At Curious Fox Loraine will oversee the list and shape its future, representing us at industry events and making sure we stay curious and creative.

Helen Freeman joins as Publishing Director, overseeing both the Curious Fox list and our sister list at Raintree, leading the content development teams across both imprints. Just
back from two years living in Perth, Australia, Helen worked as an education publishing consultant on a variety of projects, including an online education programme for Western Australia’s Department of Transport. Helen is known in the UK for her six-year role as Publishing Director at Scholastic UK.

Chris Moody joins Curious Fox after 10 years as Sales Director with Priddy Books. Prior to
this he held product and key account management positions at Egmont. His significant experience selling Children’s books make him ideally suited to help build and develop our trade business. In his new role Chris will work closely with the editorial/content and marketing teams to build Curious Fox sales across all UK channels.

Of the new appointments, Curious Fox MD, Miles Stevens-Hoare said: “I’m thrilled to have Loraine, Helen and Chris join our fox’s den! We’re publishing some of the best books available and we’ve hired the best people to get them in to children’s hands. I think these new appointments reflect our commitment and investment to our list, and send a message to the industry that we mean business. 2014 is going to be a big year for Curious Fox.”

New marketing executive, Ann Carter, also joins the marketing team from Oxford-based
internet start-up Journl, having previously worked at BrainPOP and Folens. She will be working on online and offline campaigns to build Curious Fox’s success over the course of 2014.

A very warm welcome to the team to all of them!

Curious Fox is the new home of Scooby Doo!

As announced in The Bookseller today, we are really delighted to announce that we have signed a new licensing deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK.

Curious Fox Bookseller announcement

This means that for the next three years we’ll be publishing new books for DC Comics Justice League, Looney Tunes and top dog Scooby-Doo. The first titles will launch in May 2014, and we have plans to publish at least 30 books in the first year for children aged 5 to 12 years old.

Batman 3 Stories in 1

Key products will include 3-in-1 fiction box sets for the Justice League Super Heroes Batman and Superman (June 2014), illustrated colour non-fiction titles Batmobiles and Batcycles and The Engineering Behind Batman’s Vehicles (July 2014) and hardback gift books like the Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo Treasuries (Summer 2014).

Scooby Doo

Miles, who’s in charge here at Curious Fox, explains, “When we launched Curious Fox in spring last year we had a very clear goal – to publish brilliant books that would spark curiosity in young minds. In a short time we’ve immersed our readers in new worlds, introduced them to new characters and engaged them in some amazing stories.  The acquisition of the rights to publish books featuring some of the world’s most iconic brands and characters is hugely exciting and is integral to helping us achieve our ambition of inspiring a life long love of books amongst children.”

The UK deal is an extension of an existing and highly successful relationship between our parent company, Capstone, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products in the US.  Paul Bufton, General Manager for Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK, said, “Publishing is the cornerstone of any successful licensing campaign, with books often being a child’s first experience of a brand.  Quality books such as those created by Curious Fox add credibility and aids parental favour with our brands.  We’re thrilled to have them on board and we’re looking forward to working with them to put our stamp on the UK children’s book market.”

Stay tuned to curious-fox.com for more details.

Kate Kelly talks about her novel, Cli-Fi, cats and more, with Amy of Team Fox

Today, we have a lovely author whose book ‘Red Rock’ caught the Fox’s fancy and many of Team Fox’s readers as well! One lucky Team Fox member, that’s Amy (me! I’m writing this post), got to read & review it first. The other members followed suit & many of us enjoyed it. But sometimes it’s not enough just raging about a book, it’s nice to get to know them. So I sat down & talked to Kate for the Fox (thanks Fox & Kate for this opportunity); I was very curious & asked lots of questions. I hope you’ll find the questions, and especially the answers, interesting! 😀

For the readers, what’s your name & where do you call home? Can you do it 20 words or less? 

Hello, I’m Kate and I live in rural Dorset, not far from the sea, but I’m actually Scottish.

What’s next? Are you planning on writing more YA after your success with Red Rock

Most definitely. I have a new novel in the pipeline and loads of ideas buzzing around in my head.

Is there an issue/topic you would like to see more of in YA? Why? 

Tricky one. YA is pretty good at covering topical and challenging subjects. That is what makes it such an interesting genre. I wouldn’t mind seeing a bit more science and technology tied up in it though – but then, I am a scientist so I would!

I’ve seen that Red Rock is categorized as Cli-Fi, it’s the first book in that genre I’ve read. Do you think it’s becoming more popular and how can you describe it to the readers? 

Cli-Fi quite simply means Climate Fiction and refers to any novel that tackles themes of environmental change, not necessarily caused by humans. There seem to be quite a buzz about it at the moment and increasingly more novels are emerging that explore these themes.

Is Cli-Fi a genre you particularly have to do research for or is it from experience? Does reading other Cli-Fi’s help? 

I’m a marine geologist so I’m very aware of how the world has changed in the past – the ice advances and retreats, sea levels rise and fall. So it’s quite easy for me to extrapolate these changes to the present day. 

What occupational hazards have you experienced in being an author? 

The main one is losing track of time and forgetting to do important things like cooking dinner.

What is the hardest part of a book, such as Red Rock, to write? 

The start because it’s only through writing about them that I can get to know my characters.

Can you describe your publishing journey in brief (and know if you use the word ‘easy’ we’ll know you’re lying…) 

It’s a rollercoaster – there are exhilarating highs – like when a publisher says they want your book, or you first see your cover art – and lows – when you struggle with something in your plot that just won’t work, or you get piles of rejections (which was the case with an earlier novel of mine).

If you don’t already know, what star sign do you think your main character, Danni, is? 

Oh she’s definitely an Aries 

Which character (if any) is most like you? 

I’d like to say Danni, but it truth she’s more the person I would like to have been. I reckon I’m more like Isaac.

If you could only do one hobby for a day, what would it be? 

I’d go scuba diving. More specifically I’d go scuba diving off Comino. (I’ve dived there before and it was amazing.)

This/That? 

Pen or pencil?   Pen.

Cats or dogs?   I like both but I keep cats

Sad books or funny books?    Either. I love all books.

Hot climate or cold climate?   Either so long as it isn’t raining.

Plotter or a Panster?     Somewhere in between

Early bird or night owl?    Early Bird

• Ice cream or hot chocolate?     Depends whether I’m in the hot climate or the cold climate.

I did find those answers interesting & sometimes a little cheeky (especially with this/that). I’ll let the slight cheating slide though as Red Rock is so brill. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it if you read it, here’s some reviews: Penny West (editor @ Curious Fox) gave it 4* (which means she really liked it, of course!)Amy Bookworm (interviewer but primarily reviewer) also 4*’d it & gave her opinion, newspapers also gave a look in & there’s more reviews (and books) to look at here 😀

I also reckon there are more books by Curious Fox I’ll enjoy- I’d better get reading! *disappears… for now*

*Voice echoes as she disappears*

Team Fox: If you want to guest post here please let the Fox know! (TheFox@curious-fox.com) You could do an interview, review or discuss something. Maybe you’re curious about something, possibly publishing-related? Get your creative hats on, start thinking & let us know if there is anything you’d like to post at this blog!

(Massive Thank You! to Amy from all at CF)

Quirky and original – the buzzwords for Curious Fox’s 2014 acquisitions

 

 

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Press Release – Wednesday 24th July 2013

Quirky and original – the buzzwords for

Curious Fox’s 2014 acquisitions

Oxford, UK: Curious Fox has acquired a number of novels for its 2014 list exploring topics as diverse as time-travelling in medieval England, a transgender teenager, and the diary of a downtrodden, ferret-loving metalhead.

The new raft of acquisition, led by Publisher Catherine Clarke, will build on Curious Fox’s successful launch year which saw retailer promotions with WHSmiths, Foyles and Amazon and marketing partnerships with Westfield shopping centre, the Reading Agency, Bliss magazine and a national library tour.

Catherine Clarke comments “I’m so excited about our new acquisitions, we’ve had a hugely positive reaction to our launch list and, going in to our second year, we’ve honed our focus further to ensure we are publishing stand-out, unique and often quirky books for young people.

Our 2014 list offers something for every one – I only have to look at the titles to see the range we are offering young readers: Half my Facebook Friends are Ferrets, The Serpent House, Alex As Well – what an offering!”

The 2014 books come from a mix of established and debut authors.

The Serpent House is a historical fantasy novel that weaves between a Victorian manor and Medieval leper hospital, through a time-travelling 12-year-old girl who must retrieve a book of medical cures from a sinister doctor and his fearsome serpents. Written by ex-BBC journalist Bea Davenport, The Serpent House was shortlisted for the 2010 Times/Chicken House award and described by the judges as ‘very powerful”.

Alex As Well is a challenging YA novel about a transgender teenager desperately seeking her identity and place in the world. Written by established author Alyssa Brugman, the novel has already published in her native Australia to critical acclaim: ‘Brutally honest and at times sad, happy, funny, perceptive, human and compulsive. You will not forget this novel in a hurry’ and ‘Brugman is to be congratulated on the tender care and leavening humour she has brought to an important and potentially confronting subject.’ The deal was done with Curious Fox by agent Jane Finigan from Lutyens & Rubinstein. Alex As Well is set for UK publication in May 2014.

On the other end of the spectrum, J.A. Buckle’s Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets is a hilarious diary novel following Josh, a wannabe metalhead, as he navigates the trials of teenage life and tries, with mixed results, to tick milestones off his list before his sixteenth birthday. Roars of laughter reverberated around Curious Fox’s Oxford office when this manuscript was received; Josh’s brutal honesty, crazy ambitions and his questionable language make this a stand-out novel for publication in Spring 2014.

Also coming from Curious Fox in 2014 are sequels to two successful launches this year: The Ruby Airship will build on the popularity of Sharon Gosling’s first steampunk adventure, The Diamond Thief. For older readers, Stewart Ross takes us back to the dark world of warring teenagers created in The Soterion Mission, with his sequel, The Revenge of the Zeds.

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For more information please contact Georgia Lawe on

georgialawe@gmail.com, 0778 052 3038 or @georgialawepr

About Curious Fox:

Curious Fox is a new children’s fiction imprint launched in 2013 in both print and e-book format. Inspired by the curious nature of the fox, the imprint is designed to spark the curiosity of young readers

www.curious-fox.com / www.facebook.com/curiousfoxbooks /@curiousfoxbooks

About the new acquisitions:

The Serpent House by Bea Davenport / www.beadavenport.com  / @berwickbabs

Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman / http://alyssabrugman.blogspot.com.au

Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets by J. A. Buckle / www.facebook-ferrets.com

Books, Shopping, Cupcakes and Smiles

You know one of the nicest parts of my job? When I get to tell someone they have won a competition.  This time it was extra special because it was quite some prize.  Along with Foyles we ran a Diary of a Mall Girl competition in Bliss Magazine, with the winners getting a £150 shopping spree, a manicure, a blow dry and a book picnic party with Luisa Plaja! Not bad huh?

So on Saturday we greeted three very excited and lovely girls, Anna (the winner), Chloe and Lydia (her friends), and Anna’s mum Mirella, and began their whirlwind day at Westfield.

First, off to get their nails done:

Looking good!

Then a quick walk across the mall for a blow dry and style:

Looking glamorous and chatting to Luisa Plaja about Diary of a Mall Girl, teen fiction and writing:

Getting their copies of Diary of a Mall Girl signed:

Then, appetites built by lots of walking and learning about the life of an author, it was time for cupcake decorating!

And there the day ended for us, with smiles and sugar! But for the girls it was time to go and shop till they dropped!

 

 

 

 

 

What a great day it was, a big thank you to Anna, Chloe, Lydia and Mirella for being so much fun, to Luisa for being a star again, Foyles, Bliss and Westfield and to the rest of the CF team for making it all happen.

Can we do it again this weekend please?

The Fox

Georgia Lawe joins the Curious Fox team!

We are delighted to announce that Georgia Lawe will be joining the Curious Fox team on a freelance basis!

Georgia will be working on the publicity campaign for Curious Fox and is already busy preparing for the launch event taking place this January!  Georgia will also be heavily involved in promoting the Curious Fox launch titles, The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling and Hyperspace High by Zac Harrison, as well as generating lots of media coverage promoting the Curious Fox imprint at author events and literary festivals.

Georgia has over 12 years’ experience in children’s books publicity, having worked with publishing houses like Scholastic and Random House. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and on major brands including Thomas the Tank Engine!

We are very excited to have Georgia on board. If you have any publicity questions or interested in anything else please do get in touch!

laurab@curious-fox.com

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Welcome!

I am delighted to introduce the new blog from Curious Fox. Here you will find a number of regular updates from our team in the build-up to our launch party, through to when our books are published and beyond!

Our mission is to publish imaginative, creative and jaw droppingly enjoyable books that will take children on a journey through new adventures and experiences. The titles in our debut list will do just that – transporting readers from an urban farm to an interstellar school from Victorian London to a dystopian future.

At Curious Fox we’re inspired by the inquisitive nature of our namesake, and we want to publish for the children who ask questions. What would happen if shadows came to life? What would school be like if your classmates were aliens? What would it be like to live in a Mall?

Miles

Managing Director