Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd was launched in 2009 by Steve Bicknell and has been gaining momentum over the last few years.
Now, with over sixty books in print and another thirty-six due to be published in 2017, Maverick is growing rapidly, even delving into the educational market with their early readers. They believe that with everyone leading such busy lifestyles it is important for children to spend the time with adults sharing and engaging over a picture book.
Maverick also has a strong ethos of championing new authors and emerging illustrators, with a big emphasis on supporting them once their book is published. If you would like to submit your own stories to Maverick, then please visit our submissions page.
The Maverick Team
Managing Director / Mr Maverick
Steve is the driving force behind Maverick, with a huge enthusiasm for everything he does. He delves into all aspects of the business but particularly handles the marketing and sales side.
Steve came into children’s publishing through the indirect route of first being a photographer, then a calendar publisher and then when he realised he had a passion for brands and characters he ventured into children’s books. Certainly not a route for the faint hearted!
- Location: In the world of Hedgehugs
Editor / Designer / Jack of All Trades (except anything that involves maths) / Reluctant Office IT Specialist
Kim started at Maverick in 2009 after finishing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She soon realised that it wasn’t only the editorial side of the business she loved, but also the design side. Kim is now, among other things, in charge of commissioning illustrators and works with them to create beautiful picture books. She has become pretty nifty on photoshop and enjoys the challenge of working with typography.
- Location: At her desk with a cup of tea!
Finance Director / Receipt Recycler
Karen works part time for Maverick, juggling her busy social life with working on a farm as a teacher and at Maverick. When she is not knee deep in mud or getting soaked to the skin, she is busy trying to sift through all the receipts and chasing up the invoices.
- Location: At work or shopping!
Publishing Assistant / Resident Doodler
Aimee is the newest member of the Maverick team after doing some work experience here over the summer and autumn. She is a graduate of English and is book mad with a love of art too. Aimee helps Kim make lovely picture books but also works on growing and developing the collections of Early Readers and Junior Fiction. Aimee is now the main reader of Maverick’s submissions.
- Location: Somewhere surrounded by biscuits
Sales and Marketing / Social Media Guru
Val has worked in academic publishing for the past 20 years in various capacities and since June 2016 has been helping out part time with the sales and marketing at Maverick. She enjoys the buzz of children’s trade publishing and when not chatting to bookshop buyers or composing whimsical tweets she can be found flying around a tennis court or unblocking her chakras on a yoga mat.
- Location: Chatting on the telephone to bookshops or on the tennis court
The Maverick Mutts [Twix & Poppy]
The Maverick Mutts / Office Hoovers / Postman Alerters
Poppy is Steve’s rescue dog, originally from Ireland. She is in the office most days and makes sure she is the centre of attention at all times. Twix is Kim’s family dog and pops in every now and then to double up as the office rug. Both of them love to play and as you can see from the picture, they also like to share a good book.
- Location: Wherever the food is
You can find out about the Maverick authors, here.