About Us

This is the official blog of Piccadilly Press. Our new website is coming soon!

We publish quality, family-friendly stories for young readers, engaging novels for teens and non-fiction books about young people.

Piccadilly Press was founded in 1983 by Brenda Gardner, from the bedroom of her house with just a typewriter and a file cabinet with nothing in it.

Since then, the imprint has published Cathy Hopkins, Louise Rennison, Roald Dahl, Malorie Blackman, the ‘How To Talk So Your Kids Will Listen…’ series and original books about Dr Who!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


Picture books:
We are not considering any picture books at this time.

Children’s and Teenage Fiction:
Our fiction is contemporary, often humorous and deals with the issues that children and teenagers face in their lives in a family-friendly way – for instance problems with the opposite sex, embarrassing parents, school-life and changing friendships – set within a wide range of scenarios. Our children’s books are aimed at readers from 5+ to 9–12 and can vary in length – generally longer texts of up to about 40,000 words for older readers – whereas our ‘teen’ books are generally intended for 11–15 year olds, and they are usually between 55,000 to 65,000 words in length.

Family Non-Fiction:
Our non-fiction is mostly humorous and light-hearted in approach, and is essentially a practical and sympathetic engagement with the issues parents, children and families face.

How to submit your work:
We regret that we do not accept any submissions by post. 

When submitting a manuscript please email us a copy of the synopsis and a couple of chapters, with double line spacing. If you are sending illustration samples, please ensure the file size is smaller than 5MB.

We receive many manuscripts each week and are unable to respond to each submission. We will only be in touch if we would like to pursue the project, but be assured that we do read everything. There is no fee for reading a manuscript.
Please send your submission to books@piccadillypress.co.uk. Attachments must be smaller than 5MB and only Word or PDF attachments will be opened.

BLOGGERS

The Piccadilly Press team is the same team as the Hot Key Books team, and we share a blogger policy, which you can read here: http://www.hotkeyblog.com/blogger-policy/.

 

WHO ARE WE?

EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT:

Brenda Gardner, Publisher
What is your favourite children’s book? Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
Which children’s character would you like to be? Willow Chance in COUNTING BY 7s
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Miss Binny. Ah, I was the middle one and although my grades were good, no one had any expectations of me. I think they expected me to go to a teacher training college or go into nursing. My 9th grade English teacher (I’d be 13/14) said to me, ‘but of course you’ll be going to university’, and changed my world. She also introduced me to poetry and the classics. Lovely lady.

Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large, Hot Key Books & Piccadilly Press
What is your favourite children’s book? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Which children’s character would you like to be? Sara Crewe from A Little Princess. The power of Sara’s imagination as she transforms her bare attic to a place of comfort and luxury has stayed with me for years.
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mrs Gazdick – my English teacher for A level. She was Polish and in classic old school way would invite a few of us to her rooms for extra lessons. I seem to remember her waving her cigarette in front of the little gas fire in her room, declaiming madly. Maybe that didn’t quite happen how I remember it now, but either way she truly fanned the flames of my love for literature!

Matilda Johnson, Senior Editor, Piccadilly Press, Hot Key Books & Templar Fiction
What is your favourite children’s book? Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Which children’s character would you like to be? Sophie from the BFG (from the point when he appears, not when she’s miserable in the orphanage!)
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mr Clarke, my drama teacher from age 11-13 who devised a play for us to perform at Edinburgh Fringe, introduced me to some classic children’s literature, cast me as Ralph in LORD OF THE FLIES and was obsessed with Cissy Spacek 

Debbie Hatfield, Editor, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I know that’s cheating but it’s too hard to pick.)
Which children’s character would you like to be? Fantastic Mr Fox
Who was your favourite teacher at school? My parents! (Perhaps mostly because I was spared being actually taught by them, unlike my poor sister . . .)

Jenny Jacoby, Editor, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
My favourite children’s book is the HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, because it is sweeps you along so dramatically, so page-turningly, while delivering incredibly important ethical and existential questions.
As for a children’s character, I’d definitely most like to be Moomin, gently adventuring in Moomin valley, and back home in time for pancakes and coffee – and winter hibernation.
My favourite teacher was Kelvin Moon, who explained how red blood cells carry oxygen by describing it as a dance, which we all learned in the hall.

Naomi Colthurst, Editor, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? Just William, Richmal Crompton
Which children’s character would you like to be? Lyra Belacqua
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mr Hobhouse, English Lit., A-Levels

Monique Meledje, Editorial Assistant, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT – Michael Rosen. I remember always being the loudest child shouting out the words to this book during reading time, I loved it… a bit too much.
Which children’s character would you like to be? Tracy Beaker – an awesomely boisterous and imaginative female character, who isn’t afraid to break the rules!
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Primary school teacher, Ms Tickles – Funny name and a lovely teacher in general, looking back it might have been a nickname, but it was the only thing we ever called her.

 

SALES, PUBLICITY AND MARKETING (otherwise known as SPAM – the good kind):

Geraldine McBride, Head of UK Trade Sales
What is your favourite children’s book? Each Peach Pear Plum, Allan and Janet Ahlberg
Which children’s character would you like to be? Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mr Smith my senior school English Literature teacher

Rosi Crawley, PR Manager, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? MATILDA by Roald Dahl
Which children’s character would you like to be? Erm… MATILDA!!
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mr Cluett, who after telling us he had French heritage we renamed him Monsieur De’Clu

Jen Green, Marketing Campaign Manager, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? My very first favourite book was GEORGE AND MATILDA MOUSE AND THE FLOATING SCHOOL by Heather S. Buchanan, because they were very philanthropic mice. Now that I am an adult I’m going to cheat and choose a series, because my very favourite is Harry Potter, all seven of them.
Which children’s character would you like to be? Hermione, obviously.
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mrs Waters. She had lovely handwriting and taught me to always be curious.

Livs Mead, Sales and PR Assistant, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? BLACK HEARTS IN BATTERSEA by Joan Aiken. I loved every character (however good or bad and after reading it I devoured the others in the series. I know that it is the book that made me love reading.
Which children’s character would you like to be? Ottoline from Chris Riddell’s Ottoline series. Then I would get to live in a world that looks like Riddell’s illustrations, have Ottoline’s gorgeous outfits and have Mr Munroe as my best friend.
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Ms Watts, who taught me R.E. in secondary school. She believed in education in the broadest sense of the word and she’s the reason I chose to study a subject I was interested in at university instead of one I was just a-bit-good at, even though lots of people thought I was mad.

 

DIGITAL:

Sanne Vliegenthart, Digital Coordinator, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman (originally in Dutch)
Which children’s character would you like to be? Matilda! I could use some magical powers and being super smart would come in handy too.
Who was your favourite teacher at school? One of my favourite teachers was my English Literature professor at University. He would let us do creative projects instead of essays and he loved zombie films and books.

 

DESIGN DEPARTMENT:

Jet Purdie, Art Director
Favourite kids book: Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski
Which children’s character would you like to be? Little Nemo of Slumberland
Favourite teacher: Mr. Daniel Curran

Mina Bach, Designer, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? The Little Prince, the only book I can clearly remember my mum reading to me!
Which children’s character would you like to be? Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.
Who was your favourite teacher at school? My year 1 teacher Anna and my teacher Emilio who always made me read to the rest of the class.

RIGHTS DEPARTMENT:

Ruth Logan, Rights Director, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? Oh no what a fiendish question. If I am not allowed I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, then maybe LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE.
Which children’s character would you like to be? Cassandra Mortmain or Laura
Who was your favourite teacher at school? My first infants school teacher. She had dark hair, liked singing and loved chocolate so I took her in a bit of a Mars bar (my mum rationed us to slices…!) which I had put lovingly in my pocket.  It was a bit fluffy when it came out, but she was delighted… 

Karima Adi, Middle East & Germany Group Manager
What is your favourite children’s book? The Hobbit
Which children’s character would you like to be? Mathilda
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mrs Agha (my history teacher); she used to teach history by telling us stories.

Alex Dickinson, Rights Executive, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? The Once and Future King by T H White. Magic, knights, quests, romance and a cameo from Robin Hood. What more could you ask for from a book!
Which children’s character would you like to be? Of all the characters I have read about would love to be Anne Shirley. She’s feisty, loyal, smart, wonderfully imaginative and I have always been envious of her red hair.
Who was your favourite teacher at school? I was a big fan of fancy dress as a child, uniforms were just too boring for me. Luckily my year one teacher, Mrs Davies, understood this and let me pick an outfit from the fancy-dress chest each day. Maths is much more fun when you’re dressed as a mermaid!

 

PRODUCTION:
Tristan Hanks, Production Controller, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? I Want My Hat Back
Which children’s character would you like to be? Winnie The Pooh
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mrs Baker, she was a primary school teacher who had faith in me and told me that I would be working with books at some point in my life.

 

BUSINESS/FINANCE

Julian Shaw, Commercial Director, Bonnier Publishing
What is your favourite children’s book? Goodnight Mister Tom
Which children’s character would you like to be? Tintin
Who was your favourite teacher at school? My PE teacher Mr Thomas.

 

Shane Hegarty, Business Analyst, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Which children’s character would you like to be? The Grinch
Who was your favourite teacher at school? Mr. Robin Booth

 

Asmaa Isse, Group Intern, Piccadilly Press & Hot Key Books
What is your favourite children’s book? YOUNG SAMURAI series, HARRY POTTER (of course) and BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS
Which children’s character would you like to be? Easy, Pippi Longstockings! I still want to be her – I mean she can throw grown men into trees and yet she’s uses her power for good. Like a superhero. Who doesn’t want to be a superhero?
Who was your favourite teacher at school? I’m going to cheat and skip to college… it was my History teacher – Tom Williams – who was just brilliant.

8 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Are you able to take school work experience students? My son had secured one week at a publishers for July this year, but they have just told him they are now moving office and cannot now accommodate him. His details:

    Teddy Stevenson (15 years of age) is a year 10 student of Oxted School, Surrey. In July of this year (13-17th July incl.) he is required to do one week’s work experience. Teddy has a keen interest in books, reading and creative writing and would very much like his work experience to be in a field, that might well one day, be his chosen career path. If you have any department that could make use of a confident, respectful and hard working young man, we would be very grateful.

    Many thanks
    Sent from my iPad

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  2. My 8 year old hasn’t been able to put stuntboy the fincredible diary of fin Spencer down, but sadly after looking on loads of bookshop websites we haven’t been able to find megastar the next book along, could you please let me know when it is due to be released.

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    1. Hello Elsie. Lovely to hear that they enjoyed the Fincredible Diary! I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a bit longer before the sequel comes out, which is in October. If you keep an eye on our blog, we’ll definitely make a big announcement when it’s about to come out.

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  3. Hi! I’m graduating from the University of Portsmouth in July, and will have a BA in Creative and Media Writing. Do you accommodate graduate internships? I have a huge passion for reading, it borders upon an addiction – I’ve 637 books since I joined Goodreads in 2012.

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