03 Oct 2017
From the creative team that has won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize – Illustrated Book Category for the last two years running, comes a new sub-imprint devoted to debuts.
Every year, Lincoln First Editions will travel the world to discover the best children's picture books from new authors and/or illustrators, using its publishing expertise to turn them into global brands.
Katie Cotton, Commissioning Editor, will oversee and curate the new list.
"Turning artists into prize-winning authors is what Katie does best, and we're delighted to be launching this new initiative with her next Spring" said Rachel Williams, Publisher at Lincoln Children's Books.
Katie added: "Lincoln First Editions is a wonderful opportunity to continue working with new illustrators and authors to create great picture books that kids will love. On our launch list we've got books that'll make you laugh, books that'll make you cry and books that'll make you think – plus a cross-country skiing wolf, a sound-collecting lion and even a human cannonball! It's the start of a very exciting journey."
Lincoln First Editions is a wonderful opportunity to continue working with new illustrators and authors to create great picture books that kids will love.
Lincoln First Editions will publish up to six books a year for which either the author or illustrator will have only published up to two books previously. Importantly, the new sub-imprint will have a diverse and global focus – looking for the best new talent, irrespective of background or nationality.
David Litchfield, Author & Illustrator commented: "Working with Katie Cotton and the team at Lincoln Children's Book on my first book 'The Bear & The Piano' was a truly enlightening experience. With their guidance and experience, I developed as a storyteller and as an illustrator and created a book that I will always be incredibly proud of. The enthusiasm and knowledge that the team bought to the project was invaluable and I will always be grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with such a creative group at the very beginning of my career."
The Spring 2018 First Editions launch titles are Erik and the Lone Wolf by Sarah Finan, publishing in February, Baby Bird by Andrew Gibbs and Zosienka, publishing in March, Cannonball Coralie by Grace Easton, publishing in May, and If All the World Were by Joe Coehlo and Allison Colpoys, publishing in June.