Publishing Guide - Who We Are

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Widely scattered around the world, there are around forty people in the business working in editorial, design, sales, marketing and PR the core pictured below. Each has access to an extensive database which tracks every bit of information on every title, from contract through editorial, design, production, marketing, sales and royalties. Everyone in the business has access to the same information, and works through forums. Our main admin office is in the UK. The fastest growing imprint (Zero Books) is run from Oregon, USA. Other imprints are run from the UK, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Most people here, including the publishers and the MD, started off with us as authors, and migrated into getting more involved with the business. More people are added as the business grows. It is capable of indefinite extension, without increasing the central cost base. We look forward to working with new people. In addition to the core team below we have a couple of dozen other editors, proofreaders, designers, and sales reps.

Row 1, L to R: Andrew Wells, Beccy Conway, Ben Craib, Bernardo Kastrup, Brian Mountford.

Row 2, L to R: Chris Todhunter, Dan Benham, Daniela Norris, Dominic James, Doug Lane.

Row 3, L to R: Emma Gray, Gavin Davies, John Hunt, Krystina Kellingley, Lisa von Fircks.

Row 4, L to R: Maria Barry, Maria Moloney, Mary Flatt, Nick Welch, Nimue Brown.

Row 5, L to R: Sarah-Beth Watkins, Simon Murrells, Stuart Davies, Tim War, Tracy Stewart.

Row 6: Trevor Greenfield.

Andrew Wells

Andrew is our Editorial Coordinator. Andrew Wells is the founding editor of HVTN Press and Assistant Editor at the Interpreter's House. He is based just outside of London, having recently graduated from UEA's English Literature with Creative Writing BA. He has reviewed for Glasgow Review of Books and his essay 'Waiting for Goals' is forthcoming with Fanzine. His poetry has appeared in The Interpreter's House, 3:AM Magazine, Lighthouse, Bare Fiction, and Sharkpack 2014-2017, among others. Andrew's first pamphlet was J/W/U (PYRAMID Editions, 2016). He has read for the Enemies Project, as part of the 'North by North West Poetry Tour', and Drawing Breath.

Beccy Conway

Beccy oversees the editing and distribution of new John Hunt Publishing title information, as well as assisting authors with queries related to book availability and sales. She has an MA Creative Writing from the University of Chichester, and one day she will get that YA novel finished. She lives in Hampshire.

Ben Craib

Ben is an integral part of the JHP PR team, running our Marketing & Publicity Department, including Extra Services, NetGalley account, as well as providing images for the Author Guide. He has a background in creative writing and loves communicating and helping others get their voice heard. As well as working for John Hunt Publishing, he looks after the online presence of Raphael's Ephemeris and works with Kdot media helping Mind/Body/Spirit authors grow their social presence. He lives in Brighton, England.

Bernardo Kastrup

Bernardo is publisher of Iff Books. he has a Ph.D. in computer engineering with specializations in artificial intelligence and reconfigurable computing. He has worked as a scientist in some of the world's foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the "Casimir Effect" of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Bernardo has authored many academic papers and books on philosophy and science.

Brian Mountford

Brian is publisher for Christian Alternative. Interested in the clash between religious faith and the atheist/agnostic critique, Brian Mountford has worked in Oxford for 30 years. He is a Fellow of St Hilda's College and an established speaker on contemporary religious issues, leadership, and in 2018 will be acting Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Brian has also taken on the role of Publisher at Large for John Hunt Publishing's imprint 'Christian Alternative'.

Chris Todhunter

Founder and technical director of Studio Republic, a sustainable creative agency. 20+ years of experience in the design and print industry. What began in a spare room in 2003 as a digital freelance resource for local agencies, has blossomed into one of the UK South Coast's leading digital agencies. Over the years, they've worked with a big range of clients, including international brands, focusing on ethically minded businesses, charities, and non-profit organisations. We're both more interested in the work we do than the bottom line, so hopefully we're a good fit.

Dan Benham

Experienced designer with a demonstrated history of working in the design and tech industry. Skilled in branding, identity and strategy. Proud fellow of The RSA. Digital Strategist at Studio Republic.

Daniela Norris

Daniela is a former diplomat and political writer turned inspirational author and speaker. She is the author of four books of non-fiction and short stories, and lives with her family in Cornwall, UK. After having published three titles with John Hunt Publishing, she has now joined the JHP team, focusing on literary awards. She lives in Grilly, France.

Dominic James

Dominic is Managing Director, overseeing the day-to-day operation of the business. He started with JHP as a copyeditor/proofreader in 2010, and over the years has been involved in most areas of the company including marketing, sales, distribution and running editorial. He is also the author of The Reiki Man Trilogy. He lives near Oxford, England.

Emma Gray

Emma runs her own marketing and communication business from rural France. She is publicist for Our Street Books and works regularly on Mind, Body & Spirit titles, concentrating her efforts on increasing readership of JHP's books and engaging audiences via popular social media platforms. She lives in France.

Douglas Lain

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. He lives in Portland, USA.

Gavin Davies

Gavin is publisher of 6th Books. G.L. Davies is the author of the bestselling A Most Haunted House. He is the founder of the popular webcast The Paranormal Chronicles Network on YouTube, presenting shows with Dave Dominguez on a number of Paranormal subjects. His new book, Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest is out now.

John Hunt

Semi-retired, John works mainly in an advisory capacity in his eponymous company, providing reader reports and a wealth of industry experience. After getting a Double First in English at Oxford University he worked in a couple of large publishing companies, and set up his own business in 1998, in international co-editions. He has been creating radical ways of working at JHP to enable publishers and authors from around the world to work effectively together, and establishing new lists since 2003, with the launch of O Books. He wrote one of the first titles in the list, Bringing God Back to Earth, to figure out how paperback publishing works, and has recently started in fiction, with The Alaskan Chronicles. He lives in Hampshire, England.

Krystina Kellingley

Krystina Kellingley is publisher of imprints Axis Mundi, Cosmic Egg and Compass Books. She is a reader, copyeditor and proofreader for John Hunt Publishing, and also heads our Extra Editorial Services department. Krystina has a First Class degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. She is the author of Mistflower the Loneliest Mouse, a children’s novel, and has had several short stories published as well as online articles on dream interpretation and other subjects. Krystina travels internationally to tutor in writing workshops as well as privately mentoring new writers of adult and children’s fiction. She is currently working on an adult supernatural fiction novel. She lives in Lancashire, in the north of England.

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.

Maria Barry

Maria is our senior publicist and a publisher for O-Books and many of our Mind, Body and Spirit imprints. She started work for John Hunt Publishing in 1999, bringing extensive database marketing knowledge that made her instrumental in building the Contacts database. Maria has experience working on titles in all genres. Her particular speciality is in MBS and alternative health, as this is where her own personal interests lie, but she also feels comfortable with world religions, philosophy, fiction and social/animal activism. She lives in France.

Maria Moloney

Maria Moloney Wilbrink has worked for John Hunt Publishing since 2008 and is Publisher of Our Street, Dodona and Lodestone Books. She is the author of five MBS books, and a children’s novel (and has contributed to several others), edited two magazines, and has many articles published in popular MBS magazines. Over several years she has guest lectured at a UK university, travelled internationally to give talks and workshops, and taught creative writing. She has an honours degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature, and has studied both Writing and Research at postgraduate level. Maria lives in the United Kingdom.

Mary Flatt

Mary is the Print Manager. She was a botanist and previously worked for various conservation organizations. She is married with two girls, and they live in Hampshire, England..

Nimue Brown

Nimue is a Moon Books author with a passion for supporting other authors. A year as a press officer, and marketing experience with previous houses and projects give her a basis for the ever-evolving task of getting books in front of people. She works on promoting Moon Books titles. Nimue is an adept at the arcane art of social networking, and a well-established blogger. She lives in Stroud, England.

Nick Welch

Nick designs amazing covers across the JHP imprints. He is an award-winning graphic designer with over 25 years' experience in the publishing industry. He has worked in both the US and the UK for major book publishers and design agencies. He lives in Bath, England.4310

Sarah-Beth Watkins

Sarah-Beth is the Publisher of Chronos Books, JHP’s rapidly expanding History imprint. Growing up in Richmond, Surrey, Sarah-Beth began soaking up history from an early age. Her history books are Ireland's Suffragettes (The History Press), and in Chronos Books Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII, The Tudor Brandons, Catherine of Braganza, Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, and the forthcoming Anne of Cleves. She lives in County Wexford, Ireland.

Simon Murrels

Director at Accountancy Solutions. Simon has provided JHP with practical, bespoke support helping us modernise and streamline our accounting processes.

Stuart Davies

Stuart is responsible for the text design of all books across the JHP imprints. As a successful commercial artist and photographer, Stuart has designed thousands of books and was Design Editor of County Life magazine for twelve years and Art Director of Geographical magazine for two years. He is also a tonal impressionistic landscape artist. You can see his emotive and masterful work on Facebook, at Stuart Davies Artist. He lives near Bordeaux, France.

Tim Ward

Tim is the publisher of the Changemakers imprint. He is the author of seven books, including the bestselling What the Buddha Never Taught and Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess. His travel stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He also co-owns Intermedia Communications Training with Teresa Erickson, his wife and business partner. They live in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Trevor Greenfield

Trevor is publisher for the Moon Books imprint. 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 he lives in West Sussex.

Tracy Stewart

An experienced creative and commercial writer, market developer and natural networker, Tracy looks after the Fiction and Young Adult imprints for JHP. She lives in Noth, France.

Your Publishing Team

On your "Publishing Team" page you will see a number of people allocated to your book, when it goes into production – on copyediting, proofreading, marketing, publicity, admin, cover design, text design, publishing management, etc.

Sometimes there is more than one on each, sometimes roles overlap. It varies around the imprints. All of these individuals are notified at various points in the schedule to contribute to the book. You can find the personnel of our independent sales teams listed here.

Some imprints are grouped into "clusters", on the website, for ease of marketing so that stores, readers, etc, aren't contacted by too many people. These are run by "Publishing Managers". If you see a blank space by Publishing Manager, it doesn't mean the imprint doesn't have one.

The large majority of everyone involved here, around five out of six, started with us as authors, and have gravitated through the business, over the years, to take on other work.

Imprint Publisher Cluster Publishing Manager Publicist (s)
Compass Books Krystina Kellingley Books for Writers Krystina Kellingley Sarah-Beth Watkins
Our Street Books Maria Moloney Children & Young Adult Emma Gray Emma Gray
Lodestone Books Maria Moloney Children & Young Adult Emma Gray Emma Gray
Christian Alternative Brian Mountford Christianity Maria Barry Maria Barry, Daniela Norris
Circle Books Dominic James Christianity Maria Barry Maria Barry, Daniela Norris
Zero Books Doug Lain Culture and Politics Doug Lain Doug Lain
Cosmic Egg Books Krystina Kellingley Fiction Tracy Stewart Tracy Stewart
Roundfire Dominic James Fiction Tracy Stewart Tracy Stewart
Top Hat Books Tracy Stewart Fiction Tracy Stewart Tracy Stewart
Chronos Books Sarah-Beth Watkins History Sarah-Beth Watkins Sarah-Beth Watkins
6th Books Gavin Davies Gavin Davies Gavin Davies Gavin Davies
Axis Mundi Books Krystina Kellingley Mind, Body, Spirit Maria Barry Maria Barry Daniela Norris
Ayni Books Maria Barry Mind, Body, Spirit Maria Barry Maria Barry Daniela Norris
Dodona Books Maria Moloney Mind, Body, Spirit Maria Barry Maria Barry Daniela Norris
Mantra Books Maria Barry Mind, Body, Spirit Maria Barry Maria Barry Daniela Norris
O-Books Maria Barry Mind, Body, Spirit Maria Barry Maria Barry Daniela Norris
Psyche Books Maria Barry Mind, Body, Spirit Maria Barry Maria Barry Daniela Norris
Soul Rocks Dominic James Mind, Body, Spirit Maria Barry Maria Barry Daniela Norris
Business Books Dominic James Non-Fiction Sarah-Beth Watkins Sarah-Beth Watkins
Earth Books Dominic James Non-Fiction Sarah-Beth Watkins Maria Barry
Iff Books Bernardo Kastrup Non-Fiction Sarah-Beth Watkins Maria Barry
Liberalis Dominic James Non-Fiction Sarah-Beth Watkins Maria Barry
Moon Books Trevor Greenfield Paganism Trevor Greenfield Trevor Greenfield, Nimue Brown
Changemakers Books Tim Ward Transformation Tim Ward Maria Barry
Central Management
Dominic James Managing Director
Andrew Wells Editorial Coordinator
Stuart Davies Text design
Nick Welch Cover design
Studio Republic Software/IT
Janice Stratton Financial Manager
Ben Craib Marketing And Publicity Manager
Beccy Conway Sales Co-ordinator
Mary Flatt Print Manager
Lisa Von Fircks Rights
Daniela Norris Awards
Beccy Conway Events
Maria Barry Contacts Database
Author Services
Krystina Kellingley Editorial
Ben Craib Extra Publicity