Today kicked off with a breakfast for our Te Manu Ka Tau guests from Taiwan who were in NZ earlier this year. After four officious security guards at four different gates, we finally negotiated passage of our weapons of mass destruction – aka croissants and smoked salmon – to our stand… Some things do not change!
Upstart Press is
new Chapman imprint
that Chapman and Chapman: Kevin Chapman is joined by Pat, his publisher wife,
as the team operating from smart new offices on Auckland’s North Shore.
They have plans for a first year list that will essentially build on the program Kevin developed at Hachette: best selling sports books and innovative children’s picture books.
“We’re looking to sign some big books,” Kevin says. “Currently there are about 15 on the planner and we may do up to 20 in the first year.”
Donovan Bixley, the author of the current bestseller in the children’s market The Weather Machine, is one who has books being signed to be published by Upstart.
In something of a surprise move, Upstart Press will also publish two to three fiction titles a year in commercial or the crossover literary/commercial area.
The decision to set up professional offices from the get-go was something Kevin was comfortable with for the new company. “Given the amount of money we are investing in books, the office was not costly. We are a serious professional publishing company.”
And the choice of Upstart as a company name? Hapimana, the transliteration of Chapman into Maori, was considered, and discarded. As for Upstart Press “It just felt right – we want to publish good books and have fun doing it.” The first titles from Upstart Press will be released March or April next year.
“It is an exciting time to launch a publishing business but this is undertaken with some trepidation, as the market is tough” Kevin acknowledges. “However we have been pleased at the reactions from the industry community which have been really supportive.”
Kevin is currently at Frankfurt to follow up on New Zealand’s 2012 Guest of Honour year for which he headed the PANZ effort – but he also has a few Upstart projects in his briefcase.
PANZ welcomes newest member Upstart Press. For full contact details see the members directory on the PANZ website.