Snowbooks is a feisty, award-winning independent book publisher. We've been going since 2004 when our first books were launched. Since then we have sold hundreds of thousands of books, been nominated for and won lots of prizes, and have generally had a blast. We hope you enjoy finding out more about us by browsing our new site, and don't hesitate to get in touch.
At Snowbooks, we have always believed that the key to success is a fresh approach. We didn't enter the world of publishing with any notions of 'right' and 'wrong.' We had firmly founded ideas of what might work, but flexibility and innovation have been essential to our success. And we do consider ourselves successful: we're honest and scrupulous, and we're immensely proud of every book we publish. We think about the nature of publishing and on running a small business a great deal, and capture these thoughts on our SnowBlog. We publish about 25 books a year, and have around 150 books in print. We sell primarily through shops and have excellent relationships with both large and small online and bricks and mortar retailers. We also sell ebooks, and have sold foreign rights in our books to to more than 15 countries. We are members of the Independent Publishers Guild and we are ONIX and e4books compliant. We do a lot of consultancy work for other publishers, helping them with cover designs and bibliographic data.
March 2003 Snowbooks founded by Emma Barnes and Rob Jones. Louis Wustemann also joins the board
November 2003 Gilly Barnard joins as Publisher
May 2004 Snowbooks publishes first book - Adept by Robert Finn. Goes on to sell 50,000 copies in UK.
January 2005 Anna Torborg joins as Publisher
March 2005 SnowBlog launched
May 2005 James Bridle joins as Publisher
December 2005 Snowbooks tipped as 'One to Watch' in Bookseller
March 2006 Emma voted onto board of IPG
May 2006 Snowbooks wins Small Publisher of Year Nibbie.
June 2006 Emma Barnes named as one of Management Today's 35 women under 35
September 2006 Snowbooks gains e4books accreditation
December 2006 Snowbooks opens Second Life store
January 2007 Snowbooks awarded Ã‚Â£25,000 Arts Council grant
January 2007 Emma invited to become Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
February 2007 Emma meets the Queen at a reception for successful business women at Buckingham Palace
March 2007 Snowbooks shortlisted for Independent Trade Publisher of the Year at inaugural IPA awards
March 2007 Emma shortlisted for Young Publisher of the Year Nibbie
March 2008 Snowbooks win Independent Trade Publisher of the Year at the IPA awards
April 2008 The Red Men by Matthew De Abaitua shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award
May 2008 Snowbooks win Innovation of the Year Nibbie
June 2008 Snowbooks join forces with fellow independent publisher Allison and Busby who manage our sales
June 2009 Emma speaks at Booksellers Conference
March 2010 Emma speaks at Tools of Change in NYC.
November 2010 Snowbooks pass the million pound sales mark.
January 2011 Snowbooks move their print business to CPI, based in the UK.
April 2011 Snowbooks move distributors to Gardners Book Services.
May 2011 Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder wins the Phillip K Dick award