By Alison Blanchett on 26th August 2013
Multi-award-winning Nelson company Craig Potton Publishing deals successfully with the written word. New Zealand’s largest independent publishing house, Craig Potton Publishing started in Nelson in 1987 as a vehicle to publish high-quality photographic books. Almost 26 years later the company employs 14 people, publishes around 15-20 new titles plus 20 calendars annually, maintains a strong backlist of New Zealand books and provides distribution services to other publishers, including Lonely Planet, Auckland University Press and Hema.
Last year its publication New Zealand’s Native Trees by John Dawson & Rob Lucas won both the Illustrated Non-Fiction Book category and Book of the Year award in the 2012 NZ Post Book Awards. Already this year its publication Moa, The life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird, by Quinn Berentson, has won the 2013 NZ Post Best First Book Non Fiction award plus the 2013 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. Currently it has two ﬁnalists – Selling the Dream, and Stag Spooner – in the NZ Post award for best illustrated non ﬁction.
Three years ago Craig Potton Publishers sought help with its accounts from Alison Blanchett and her team.