1 What's your company called?
Really Decent Books.
2 What do you publish?
Children’s books—for ages from baby to the age of seven.
3 What's the story of the company?
Phil Dauncey founded the company in 2012 after many years in the children’s publishing industry, working for companies including Gullane, Ladybird and Priddy Books. Our focus was, and continues to be, on producing high-quality books at a price that is accessible.
4 How's business?
We’ve gone from strength to strength, and now have more than 130 titles in our catalogue. We have also supplied rights to countries including France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Wales, Brazil and South Africa.
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
Being independent has been key to setting up and running the business exactly how we saw it from its foundation. It also brings a sense of pride when our books are placed on the shelf along with those from much larger companies.
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
In our part of the industry, finding a balance since the exchange rate fall of sterling; and the expectations of customers!
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Focus on quality, have a clear vision on how you want to proceed and don’t give up!
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?