Pan Macmillan named Publisher of the Year at Bookseller Industry Awards 2015

19 May 2015

By Pan Macmillan

We’re thrilled that Pan Macmillan was named Publisher of the Year 2015 at The Bookseller Industry Awards last week after beating off strong competition from Ebury, Little, Brown Book Group and Vintage among others.

The judges said: “It is not just selling a lot of books but trying to grow the market as a whole, and its efforts to reach people in different ways are hugely impressive. Pan Macmillan has been building towards a standout year and it certainly had one in 2014.”

They picked out key strengths as being the only Top 10 publisher to grow print sales in 2014, successful publishing across a range of genres and not just in one area, and outstanding work across all departments from editorial and publicity to marketing and sales.

Francesca Main, Editorial Director at literary imprint Picador, also won the Editor of the Year award for publishing the breakout fiction author of the year - Jessie Burton – whose novel The Miniaturist has become one of the fastest-selling debuts of the last decade.

Judges said: “Francesca has a very strong list of titles that have all, in their own ways, had an impact. She is forever turning out literary hits and breaking new voices – both of which the trade needs.”

Published in July 2014, The Miniaturist was a top ten bestseller in hardback and again in paperback in january 2015. The book won Waterstones Book of the Year 2014, New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards 2014 and the overall Specsavers Book of the Year 2014.

As Anthony Forbes Watson, Pan Macmillan’s Managing Director, said when he received the Publisher of the Year award, the contribution of Pan Macmillan’s authors and illustrators was invaluable, as was the support of booksellers, who have been exceptional partners in a tough market. He also celebrated the charm, energy and ambition of his colleagues at Pan Macmillan.

For more information on the awards, and the full list of winners, go here.