Snowbooks started in a spare room in Hackney in April 2003 and soon moved to a couple of rented desks in a business incubator on Old Street -- before it was cool. We hired staff, signed up authors and our first books hit the shelves in 2004. Waterstone's -- with a possessive apostrophe back then -- were our first and most supportive customer and with their backing our first books sold several tens of thousands of copies.
We've always been very interested in the business side of publishing -- about being more efficient and canny than others. Early on, it pretty soon gave us a high profile. We won a Nibbie, then another one, then an IPA award too. Later, our books started to win prizes too: The Red Men got shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award and Mark Hodder won the Philip K Dick award with Spring Heeled Jack. You can find reviews of our books everywhere, from The Telegraph and The Sun to SFX Magazine and The Guardian and on all shapes and sizes of blog.
Our efficiency has been made possible by our technological skill. We are publishers-turned-Ruby on Rails developers, specializing in web application development and database management. With the benefit of a sizeable Arts Council grant we launched a sister company, General Products Ltd, in 2012. Through it we licence the software we've written to other publishers, in the expectation that it'll help them as much as it helps Snowbooks. Our main product is Bibliocloud.com, an enterprise-level publishing management system. The website you're reading right now was populated with data and images from Bibliocloud's API in a single click. The combination of sleek technological efficiency and solid creative excellence is, for us, as potent and heady a combination as it's ever been. And in 2013, Bibliocloud won us the Futurebook Best Technology Innovation award.
So here's to the next ten years. Let's hope it's as fun as the first.
£12.99With its population of teen motor sport enthusiasts, promoters, grease monkeys and drivers, life in the steam and gas powered metropolis of Autodrome is all about the race. On the same day that 15 year old Zar Punkstar qualifies as a Pro Leaguer, he finds his inventor father murdered, and a clue -- a Paranascope scroll containing a holographic map of the city. An encounter with the mysterious race promoter, Braxton Earl, leads him to enter the city’s infamous Ramrod Rally, a series of races, obstacle courses and death traps in Autodrome’s notorious outer suburbs, The Eras. His team mates include fellow racer and number one crush, Raina Jubilique, and a group of jaded ex-Pro Leaguers who'd sooner stab each other in the back as race together. His opposition are a mixed bag of polished Pro Leaguers, hired thugs, and parts' pirates. But who to trust in a world of competitors? And for a champion like Zar, is the ultimate prize to win the Ramrod or outwit a killer?
£7.99- Even genre fans go on holiday...
£11.99An interesting compendium of the origins of familiar Christmas customs and traditions. Green speculates on such matters as the identity of the three kings, explains such mysteries as the reasoning behind the date of Christmas and the development of the Advent calendar and the Christmas cracker, and asks, in the words of Brian's Mum: "What is myrrh anyway?" You'll find out here.
£7.99Professor Elemental: Misunderstood and benevolent genius, evil killer, or slightly deluded idiot? Private investigator Algernon Spoon really isn’t sure, but as the bodies mount up, it looks like someone is bent on slaughter. But who? And why? And is there going to be Battenberg?
£11.99It is the End of Days. Modern technology has been obliterated, mythical creatures roam the streets, and the immortals are dying horribly. But the only person who seems to realize that everything has changed is Esther Madden, an ordinary Irish schoolgirl.
£7.99The Circle are the modern-day successors of the Knights of the Round Table. Armed with the latest military hardware and operating from a hidden fortress on the South Bank, they protect 21st-century Britain from certain very specific threats – criminals who, like the Circle’s own Knights, have characters from Arthurian legend living inside their heads.
£7.99Four CTHULHU novellas by today's leading horror writers, set throughout the twentieth century. One Nameless Thing by Alison Littlewood, set in present day England. The Gamekeeper by Johnny Mains set in Scotland in the 1940s & 1970s. Not To Touch The Earth by Thana Niveau set in San Francisco in 1967. Fall Of Tithonus by Scott Harrison set in England in 1982.