Michael Green joined Marble Press as Acquisitions Editor for Picture Books, Graphic Novels, and Midlevel. He was previously president and publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers/Penguin Random House. He is most closely associated with The day the pencils stopped by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, the Ranger’s Apprentice novels by John Flanagan, the Otis the tractor Loren Long’s picture books, Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider spy novels, Mike Lupica’s sports novels and Ruta Sepetys’ historical fiction novels. More recently, he founded GreenHouse Editorial, an independent publishing service.
Marble Press is a new San Francisco-New York-based book publisher launching in late March, as a collaboration between various children’s book authors and illustrators. Think of it as a book publishers form of United Artists. Directed by Susan Szecsi and Jon Collins Blackwith over five decades of business experience, the company secured a seven-figure, multi-year funding commitment from California-based venture capital.
Marble Press announced that it has three subsidiaries: Marble Books, Bulooga Books and Taltos Books. Marble Books will represent children’s picture books. Taltos Books will market books for middle school students and young adults, and the Bulooga brand will publish books for young readers.
“Our mission is to publish books that inspire children, books that challenge their imaginations and spark their curiosity. Our books will be diverse and honest. We are truly looking for books that will stand on their own by offering new perspectives and outside the box experiences,” Szecsi added.
“We aggressively seek out the best authors and illustrators, both established and unknown,” Collins-Black said. “Our goal is to find and develop great stories. We believe the team at Marble Press has the experience and funding to compete with established brands, while bringing the enthusiasm, energy and attention from a startup. The publishing industry can be frustrating for writers and illustrators. By providing personalized service to our writers and artists, we want the process to be fun and exciting. We believe this philosophy will produce the best books for our readers.
Marble Press is available for open submissions from children’s book authors and illustrators at the time of this press release. Agent submissions are also welcome. More details can be found at www.marblepress.com. Don’t confuse Marble with Marvel, as I’ve done five times while writing this.