Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 13, 2018


Page Street Publishing Co. publishes around one hundred original titles a year and is distributed by Macmillan everywhere except Canada, where Manda does the sales and PGC handles the distribution. Each year they try to help local environmental causes, and last year donated nearly 10% of their profits to the Trustees of the Reservation and Greenbelt. They use only sustainable paper vendors and print with environmentally-friendly, soy-based ink. Page Street Publishing Co. was founded in 2012 and is located just outside of Boston.

Page Street started out publishing creative how-to books. They focus on producing top-quality content, cover-to-cover, and back that up with high-quality printing, top-end photography, vivid color reproduction.

They’ve been featured in Publishers Weekly three years in a row as one of the fastest growing publishers in the US. They will publish more than 100 titles next year.

This year they kicked off their young adult list. The titles have gotten strong reviews from Booklist and PW, and their first title being named a most anticipated book of 2018 by Barnes & Nobles. Their new children’s picture book program, Page Street Kids, the children’s illustrated imprint debuts this fall 2018, will be in full swing in 2019 with more than 20 titles on the list. Their goal is to discover talented writers and illustrators who create believable and diverse characters, tell riveting stories that resonate with children and young readers, as well as engage with the vibrant children’s and YA book communities.

Their books are distributed by the Macmillan sales team: a Big Five publisher and one of the best sales groups out there. Their books can be found in every major retailer and most independents, as well as in mass merchandisers like Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s, and special sales accounts such as West Elm and Crate & Barrel, and occasionally QVC, Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.

The national media has recognized Page Street’s success with coverage on NPR, The View and the Today show and in the New York Times. They have a strong social media presence using Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. They support their books more than most publishers, with top PR firms on retainer complementing their in-house resources led by a veteran marketing and publicity director.

Overall, they believe believe the most important way to market a book is to make a great one.

Page Street Publishing has announced two new ventures: an illustrated children’s book imprint and a line of young adult books. The YA list launched in winter 2018 with the publication of two titles. Page Street Kids, the children’s illustrated imprint, will follow with four titles in fall 2018.

Kristen Nobles is heading up Page Street Kids as children’s publisher, and aims to set a particular tone with the imprint from the outset. “The list is art-led,” said Nobles, who was previously art director at nearby Candlewick Press for 13 years. Half of the inaugural titles have been penned by author-illustrators, and Nobles said she remains committed to retaining that approach in the years to come.

Among the first picture book releases are Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song, written and illustrated by Amanda Moeckel, and Contrary Creatures, a visually intricate nature-based title by James Weinberg. Nobles said she is excited to publish books with an artistic approach that children’s publishers used to shy away from. “Kids are pretty visually savvy,” she said. “We used to sort of say, ‘That’s too sophisticated for kids, but if it has stunning visual art, kids will read it.’ ”

Staffers (from l.) Ashley Hearn (YA editor), Kristen Nobles (Page Street Kids publisher), Lauren Knowles (YA editor), and Charlotte Wenger (Page Street Kids editor).

Kiester and Nobles have developed an ambitious schedule for growing the imprint, with a target of 37 titles for 2020. Most recently, they acquired world rights to Hector on June 16, a nonfiction account of the 1976 Soweto, South Africa uprising by author-illustrator Adrienne Wright. To support the growth, Nobles recently hired an additional editor.

For a publisher committed to production quality, having “editorial development coming from an art direction” is a perfect fit, said Kiester, and also “sort of a throwback.” Nobles and Kiester both spent years at similarly minded presses, where much emphasis was placed on production and design. Prior to working at Candlewick, Nobles was at Chronicle Books, and Kiester worked at Black Dog & Leventhal. Both had stints at Workman.

Editors Ashley Hearn and Lauren Knowles said that both of the launch titles touch on subjects that are important to YA readers today, delving into issues of intersectionality and diversity. But the driving editorial vision is even more fundamental. “It’s the craft,” said Knowles.

The editors’ orientation toward craft requires a close working relationship with their authors, all of whom are previously unpublished. “The first launch list is all debut talent,” said Nobles. “It won’t always be the case, but right now it’s what I’m looking for.”

Working at their authors’ sides means that the editors travel to their studios both near and far, meet with them in bookstores, and take their calls at all hours. Nobles said that the interaction helps with keeping authors “on task.” She currently visits one author every two to three weeks.

But she adds that the visitations go beyond simply meeting deadlines, noting that authors and illustrators are often isolated, and that they both like and need the creative energy that comes from discussing their work with her. “They spend a lot of time alone,” she said. “It’s a solitary profession.”

Acquisitions have largely been unagented, and many are being made through the outreach of the editors. Nobles frequently gives talks on her work, and uses the opportunity to keep an eye out for new talent. She said she acquired Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song (cover not available at this time) after author-illustrator Moeckel approached her after a presentation, and handed her a postcard featuring her artwork.

Page Street publishes young adult (YA) fiction (for ages 12 and up), in all genres, and a variety of nonfiction books in such categories as cooking, sports, science, nature, interior design, crafts, and parenting. They also publish children’s books focusing on new talent and artist-led narrative picture books in all genres for ages 4-8, biographies for ages 8-12, occasionally board books for ages 0-3, and visually driven concept books.

Potential authors, can submit their work using the guidelines outlined below. Due to the high volume of submissions, they respond only to authors whose work they want to consider for publication. They’ll review your work as quickly as possible; however, it could take 2-3 months to respond. Please understand they we aren’t in a position to give updates on your submissions will not be able to respond to emails or calls. Please do email them if you have received an offer for your book and would like to rescind your submission. ​

Children’s Books

Please include a query and attach the manuscript as a word document or a pdf sketch dummy, 32-40 pages, in spread layouts. Your query must contain: 1) synopsis, pitch, age range; and 2) an author bio that describes your occupation, publishing history, social media presence, and any other relevant information that pertains to your manuscript. If you are an illustrator, please also send your website. If you are represented by an agent or plan to be, please note this in your author bio.

Email: with the title of your manuscript in the subject line.

Young Adult Fiction

Please include a query (1 page) with the first three chapters of your manuscript in the body of your email. Your query must contain: 1) a book synopsis that includes your novel’s pitch, word count, and classification (literary, historical, fantasy, mystery, etc); and 2) an author bio that describes your occupation, publishing history, social media presence, and any other relevant information that pertains to your manuscript (including any endorsements, if applicable). If you are represented by an agent or plan to be, please note this in your author bio. All submissions must be edited and proofread. Ideally, your manuscript’s length is 60-90K words and your protagonist is 15-18 years old.

Email:  with the title of your manuscript in the subject line. If you are an agent, write AGENTED in the subject line as well.


Potential authors interested in submitting their work for consideration should include an author bio, a short synopsis (no more than a page) of their book concept and approach, samples of their work (recipes/projects/writing sample) if applicable, and any notable media hits or press features. If you are represented by an agent or plan to be, please note that they need to be part of the conversation from the start.

Email: with the title of your manuscript in the subject line. If you are an agent, write AGENTED in the subject line as well.

Talk tomorrow,


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