Independent Publisher Maverick Books to launch new picture book list for four to eight year olds

Independent publisher Maverick Books, based in Pulborough, is building a picture book list aimed at readers aged four to eight years, rather than the traditional preschool market. The company will launch a range of six picture books for older readers in spring 2011.

Managing director Steve Bicknell said: "Our picture books will offer slightly more challenging subject matter, something with a bit of an edge, and that is deliberate. Children sometimes want to be surprised or scared."

Maverick is working with debut or new authors and international illustrators. It is publishing straight into £5.99 paperback formats for the UK trade market and is also in talks with a potential distributor in the US. Internet blogging and instore events will be used to drive sales through high street retailers, Bicknell said.

Maverick accept submissions. They are  looking for:

- Storybooks (rather than educational)
- Age range 4 to 8
- No more than 1500 words
- A short cover letter telling them about yourself