Introducing the people in John Hunt Publishing
There are no full time staff in the business. There are fifty, mostly scattered around the world, who variously work in reader reports, editing, design, marketing, and publicity. It is a little invidious to pick out some, but amongst those most actively involved, in alphabetical order:
Autumn is a writer and editor based in North West England. She is developing the new imprint, Top Hat Books, to publish historical fiction, and contributes across the list in reports and editing. She writes a monthly column for Cycling Active Magazine, as well as contributing regularly to other fitness publications. She has written fiction for Take A Break, People's Friend, Women's Own and Woman, and been widely published in numerous other magazines like The Big Issue and Writing Magazine. She also writes romance, rather prolifically, under a penname, and blogs at her own site, autumnbarlow.wordpress.com, twice weekly, about writing and publishing. She lives up in the Lake District, North England.
Maria runs the PR and the Contacts Database, and is publicist and publisher of several lists. She has been part of the JHP team since 1990s and has seen many changes in publishing over that period. Maria is a Reiki master and crystal enthusiast, and loves reading. She lives with her family in deepest France, and hopes to complete her own novel in this lifetime.
Nimue works on the Moon Books imprint, particularly in promotion. She has been an active Pagan and Druid for many years. OBOD trained but chaotic by nature, her non-fiction work explores spirituality as a lived experience rather than an academic subject.
She has run moots, a folk club, workshops, open rituals, and meditation groups, teaches privately and was a founding member of Druid Gorsedd Bards of the Lost Forest, the Auroch Grove and the Contemplative Druids. Nimue blogs at www.druidlife.wordpress.com and wrote www.hopelessmaine.com - a webcomic illustrated by her husband, artist Tom Brown.
As a fiction author, Nimue tends towards the gothic, steampunk and comedy, although will turn her hand to just about anything. Her Pagan music can be listened to for free at www.nimuebrown.bandcamp.com
Matthew is publisher of the Christian titles, and advises on the business. An Ordinand in the Church of England on a path towards priesthood, Matthew left Blackwell's in 2014 to pursue his vocation. Whilst on the Board at Blackwell's he spearheaded significant digital change and made them the architects of the digital academic future, not just in retail but across the publishing industry.
Matthew moved to Blackwell's from Hachette UK where as Digital Development Director he took a leading role in digital research & development and digital operations across the group's publishing companies.
Leon is the publisher for the Liberalis imprint on education, and works as editor and proof reader. He is a published poet and author, and has had numerous articles published to do with voice training and material culture. An educationalist, he works as a tutor, trainer and oracy consultant. He studied music as an undergraduate and did an RCA/V&A MA Degree in the History of Design and Material Culture. Leon speaks 5 languages, and lives in London.
Ben specialises in online marketing, social media, and publicity, with a background in creative writing. He loves communicating and helping others get their voice heard. As well as working for John Hunt he also looks after the online presence of Raphael's Ephemeris and is working with Kdot media helping Mind/Body/Spirit authors grow their social presence.
Ben has an Eng Lit degree from the University of Sussex and Creative Writing MA from the University of East Anglia. After university he spent ten years creating and producing Creative Learning Projects with young people aged 4-18 all over London.
Ben has also worked as a reader for Bloomsbury Publishing and various theatres including Soho and Hampstead.
Stuart has been managing our book design for the last ten years, doing much of it, and sub-contracting some. He has designed many thousands of books, and was Design Editor of County Life magazine for twelve years, and Art Director of Geographical magazine for two years. He used to copy Dutch Old Masters in his spare time, and now paints landscapes. He occasionally paints oil portraits, from photographs. The pictures here of John Hunt and that of Trevor Greenfield are examples. He is available for commissioning portraits atwww.stuartdaviesart.com. He lives in rural France, and was recently married to one of our US authors.
Sarah is assistant in marketing and publicity, sending out review copies, adding contacts to the website, handling invoices, mailings and all things admin, and has been working out of the Hampshire UK office for the last ten years.
Mary has been managing the printing of the titles for as long as we can remember, and assists with marketing. She is a botanist who has worked for various conservation organizations, married with two girls, and lives locally in Hampshire, UK.
Barbara has published two books, is the publisher on two imprints and chips in with readers reports and inspiration. She has been running her own hypnotherapy practice and training school for twenty years. She works with an international clientele as a therapist, coach and healer. Her time is split between the UK and the Greek Island of Lesvos where she hosts writing and healing retreats. She will, however, go where the wind takes her.
Trevor runs the business, and is also publisher and publicist on Moon Books. He has MA degrees in Religious Studies and English Literature from the Universities of Sussex and Southampton. He is a published author (“An Introduction to Radical Theology”) and teaches Religious Studies for the Open University. He lives in West Sussex.
Catherine manages the trade sales worldwide. She read physics at Oxford University, started out researching ceramics for thermal imaging devices, and after working on silicon chips and teaching maths, she arrived here with her school careers teacher’s word ringing in her ears, “you should work with books or farm animals”. She is another long-timer with the business who knows the wrinkles of publishing.
John works mainly on the editorial side. He drifted into publishing after getting a scholarship to Oxford University and a Double First degree in English, back in the mid 1970s. Having worked for publishers large and small, he started John Hunt Publishing Ltd as a co-edition (packaging color books) publisher in 1989, and over the last decade it has been reinventing itself as a trade publisher. He’s written a couple of books himself to try figuring out how this author/publisher process works.
Dominic runs the marketing, and deals with author queries in that area. He edits all book information for sales sheets, sends the title info out to databases, distributors and online retail sites worldwide, and keeps them updated, as well as running an imprint, and chipping in widely on readers reports and publishing matters. He has three books to his name so far, and lives near Oxford, UK.
Krystina contributes widely around different imprints as a reader and publisher. She has a BA in Imaginative Writing and Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. She has had several short stories published in spiritual magazines as well as many online articles on dream interpretation and other subjects, and is currently working on an adult supernatural fiction novel. As well as teaching creative writing, she has worked as a hypnotherapist, counsellor and a dream analyist. Krystina travels internationally to tutor in writing workshops as well as privately mentoring new writers of adult and children’s fiction. She lives in Lancashire, UK.
Douglas Lain is the publisher of Zero Books. Based in Portland, Oregon he is also a writer whose books include the absurdist science fiction novel After the Saucers Landed from Night Shade Books and the magical realist novel Billy Moon from Tor Books. He also writes nonfiction and is an occasional blogger for Thought Catalog and The Partially Examined Life.
Lain was the host of the philosophy podcast "Diet Soap" from 2009 through 2014 and is now the host of Zero Squared for Zero Books.
Justin is our technology partner, writing the software which is at the heart of the business. We’re working with his firm on developing a complete publishing package, with content available in all book formats and other media, with author access to all information, all marketing and media contacts, worldwide, for any subject area. We aim to develop this website over the next few years into the most accessible and useful one for authors, anywhere, and the most interesting one for all readers. Justin lives in North Carolina, USA.
Daniela is very active in the international writing community and is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (UK), The Society of Authors (UK) and on the steering committee of the Geneva Writers' Group (Switzerland). She is also co-director of the biennial Geneva Writers' Conference (http://www.genevawritersgroup.org/conference/why-a-conference/)
After having published two MBS titles with John Hunt Publishing, she is thrilled to join the JHP team, focusing on literary awards and promotion of MBS titles.
Suzanne is the publisher for Compass Books, a writers’ resource imprint, and as a result getting more involved in our development of editorial services. She started her professional writing career in 1987 by founding the small press writers’ magazine, Quartos, which ran for nine years until its merger with Acclaim in 1996. More recently she was editor of the popular quarterly creative writing magazine, The New Writer, which she produced in partnership with literary agent Merric Davidson. In addition to acting as a judge for several national writing competitions, she has also tutored at many writers’ workshops, and was invited to become a full member of the Welsh Academi in recognition of her contribution to literature in Wales. She is author over 20 books on spiritual, country and self-help matters (including two novels and Creative Pathways: Freeing the Writer’s Inner Voice) and has contributed articles to a huge variety of publications. She founded Ignotus Press in 1994, which for over 10 years the press was recognised as one of the leading publishers in the metaphysical genre. She has also “ghost written” numerous books for other writers including an autobiography for one of Britain’s leading field sportsmen, which was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2006. She lives in County Tipperary, Ireland.
Janice is a chartered accountant and lives in Hampshire with her husband and two daughters. After qualifying with a large City firm she worked for the AA as management accountant for their publishing division. She then spent fourteen years as the financial controller for a travel company and has now returned to the world of publishing.
Lisa Von Fircks
Lisa works on our foreign rights. Her publishing career began in the sales force at Wiley, in the then-pioneering field of ‘special sales', as well as traditional selling to retailers and securing textbook adoptions. She later worked on international co-editions of children’s illustrated pop-up books and went on to become Rights & E-business Manager at Kogan Page. Most recently she was Senior Commissioning Editor of Finance at Macmillan. Lisa qualified as a Reiki healer in 2000. Outside of JHP and her other freelance publishing work, she is a Ceremonies Registrar.
Tim Ward is the publisher of Changemakers Books, and focuses on the North American angle. He has written five books about his extensive travels through Thailand, India, China, Tibet, Greece and Southern Europe, and most recently East Africa. His stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Together with John Hunt, Tim wrote The Author’s Guide to Publishing and Marketing, a book to help new authors succeed (needs revising!). Tim also co-owns a global training business, Intermedia Communications Training, with his wife and business partner, Teresa Erickson. They teach scientists, economists and development experts how to communicate effectively. They live in, Bethesda, Maryland, where Tim spends his spare time kayaking in the Potomac and planning his next mountain trek.
Sarah-Beth Watkins is publisher for the Chronos imprint (history). She has been a freelance writer for over 20 years writing for magazines and websites, on a wide range of topics. She has written over 300 articles for the web. She tutors creative writing and journalism courses for various colleges and community centres as well as working as a copyeditor and proofreader. She is the author of Telling Life's Tales, The Writer's Internet, The Lifestyle Writer and Life Coaching for Writers available through Compass Books.
Growing up in Richmond, Surrey, Sarah-Beth began soaking up history from an early age. Her history books are Ireland's Suffragettes and Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII. She lives in County Wexford, Ireland.
Nick does the vast majority of covers for us, two to three dozen a month, increasing. He works with many of the top publishers in the UK, through his company Design Deluxe. Again, we’ve been working together for many years. He lives in Bath, UK, with his American wife.
Maria Moloney Wilbrink
Maria runs editorial services (Writers Wheel), in conjunction with Krystina. She is a publicist and co-publisher across various imprints. She has been part of the JHP team for six years. The author of five MBS books, she is currently working on further books and her first children’s fantasy novel, which will be published next year. She has guest lectured at a UK university, and holds workshops in writing fiction and non-fiction and on spiritual subjects internationally. She is co-founder and former deputy editor of Irish Pagan Magazine, Brigid’s Fire. Maria has a BA (hons) degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature, and has studied both Writing and Research at postgraduate level. She lives in Ireland.