NEW RETAIL IMPRINT COMING SPRING 2016
Minnesota-based children’s publisher Amicus will launch a new retail imprint called Amicus Ink this spring. Founded in 2010, Amicus has focused on the school library market to date, publishing series nonfiction for grades K–3. The new Amicus Ink imprint will include original trade publishing as well as paperback reissues.
“Amicus has always had distinct branding and our books have a friendly feel,” said Associate Publisher Rebecca Glaser, pictured at right with some of the new Amicus Ink releases. “We felt these elements would work well in a trade context, so a retail endeavor was the next logical step. We’ll maintain our focus on younger children, as this allows us to expand our list to the pre-school level as well as the paperback classroom market.”
The launch list features six original photographic nonfiction board books and 59 nonfiction paperbacks. “In the coming seasons, we’ll be incorporating original picture books as well,” Glaser said. “They will be a mix of fiction and nonfiction, but they will all have a child’s-eye view of the world. We’re excited to work with some familiar writers, but we’ll also be seeking out new talent. In terms of illustration, expect a contemporary look with bright, bold, graphic design.”
While Amicus serves the school library market directly, they will route the Amicus Ink titles through a multi-layer distribution deal via The Creative Company and Chronicle Books. “We’re delighted to partner with Amicus Ink,” said Anna Erickson, VP of Sales at The Creative Company, who will oversee the marketing of the new list as part of the deal. “Their focus on books for young children is a perfect complement to our own retail list, and their titles have a great sense of fun.”
“Books for this age range can be full of information for curious kids,” Glaser said, “but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be humorous, uplifting, and imaginative. Amicus Ink titles will encourage kids to explore facts and ideas and to imagine new ways of understanding the world.”
The Spring 2016 list will begin to release shortly from Hachette Book Group’s warehouse. Orders can be placed with Chronicle Books' sales team or directly with Hachette customer service (email@example.com / 800-286-9471).