In our own words

Our Story

We believe everyone should have access to trusted publishing talent and the opportunity to create exceptional books.
Who we are

Thinking differently about publishing

When Whitefox was founded in 2012 by John Bond and Annabel Wright, former members of the HarperCollins senior leadership team, it represented a new kind of publishing – and one that wasn’t always easy to define. Things have come a long way since then, with Whitefox now the industry leader in the thriving world of independent publishing.

Sometimes it’s easier to explain what we’re not. We are not a traditional publisher. Among other things, that means we don’t retain rights to your work or to your royalties. We are not bound by lengthy publishing schedules; instead, we will work around the timing that suits you.

What we are: a creative, collaborative agency that exists to bring projects like yours to life. A publishing partner who’ll pledge the highest level of care and commitment, and our own decades of expertise across a range of fiction and non-fiction, adult and children’s.

That’s our story. We’d love to hear yours.

 

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Our Success

Whitefox in numbers

12+
years of helping independent authors publish
500+
collaborations on independently published projects
150+
territories covered for sales and distribution
2,000+
expert freelancers from around the world
What we are...

Our Values

Your creative partner

Whatever the project, whatever the budget, we’re here to advise and collaborate, without ever compromising on quality. Every book is different, and with Whitefox every route to publication is bespoke.

Your personal publishing team

Our reputation is built on the specialist knowledge of both the Whitefox team and our unparalleled network of freelance talent. We’ll replicate the very best services a traditional publisher can provide – but on your schedule, under your creative control, and with you as sole rights-holder in the published book.

Your one-stop solution

From eBooks to hardback box sets, from publicity to international sales, we can guide you every step of the way. Let us turn your idea into a beautiful, professionally published book that gets people talking.

Your trusted industry experts

We represent decades of publishing and creative expertise and will always give you clear, prompt and honest advice. We know what good publishing looks like, and we take pride in publishing well.

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What makes us who we are

Our Team

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John has been involved in publishing for more than thirty years. He held senior positions at Penguin and at HarperCollins, where he was on the main board for nine years, running sales, marketing and publishing divisions including the 4th Estate imprint and their stable of award-winning authors such as Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Franzen and Nigel Slater. He co-founded Whitefox in 2012 on the principle that the future of successful publishing would be based upon external managed services and agile, creative collaboration with the highest quality specialists. Nothing that has happened since has dissuaded him of this view.

Julia has over sixteen years of editorial experience across a range of narrative and illustrated publishing. Previously at HarperCollins, she worked on an eclectic collection of books by authors including Sir David Attenborough, Prof Brian Cox and Ben Fogle. Since joining Whitefox in 2018, Julia has worked with a range of publishers and individual authors, brands and companies, managing project teams across multiple genres, providing bespoke solutions to complex titles.

Chris brings over two decades of experience steering sales, rights and publishing teams to assist our clients in achieving their commercial goals. He has held senior roles in both the US and UK with Tuttle Publishing, Red Wheel/Weiser, HarperCollins and Watkins Media. Chris has scaled whitefox’s sales and distribution offering, making Whitefox publications available in-store, online, in the global media and in translation.

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Silvia began her editorial career in 2003. Since then she has worked as an editor of fiction and non-fiction for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Faber & Faber, before joining whitefox in 2014 to manage a large publisher account. She has worked across most genres, with authors from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Nigella Lawson, and is an experienced copyeditor.

Hannah has worked in marketing for nine years, specialising in strategy development for start-ups and EdTech companies. Having recently jumped across industries to join the Whitefox team, Hannah isn’t a complete stranger to the publishing world with previous employment at Macmillan and TES Global. She is now dedicated to ensuring that anyone who has something interesting to say knows all about Whitefox.

Caroline has been an editor for fifteen years. Previously at Penguin Random House, she has worked across fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, including history, cookery, humour and popular culture, with authors and brands that include The Great British Bake Off, Top Gear, Primrose Bakery and Alan Titchmarsh. Caroline specialises in complex illustrated non-fiction and cookery in particular.

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Rosie has eight years’ experience in UK and Australian publishing, having worked in editorial at HarperCollins UK and Australia, Penguin Random House Australia and, most recently, at Orion in the UK. She has worked broadly across fiction and non-fiction on everything from wellness and cookery to music and historical non-fiction, with a wide range of authors including Fearne Cotton, Laura Whitmore, Richard Flanagan and Vinnie Jones.

Jess brings several years of book sales and marketing experience to whitefox. Having previously worked on ELT books at Post Wave Publishing in Beijing, she most recently handled sales and distribution for a number of publisher clients at PGUK. Jess has worked across fiction, non-fiction and illustrated titles, selling into traditional bookshops as well as online retailers, high street chains and the gift market.

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Kiana is a writer and editor with experience in multi-format content production. She completed her MA in Publishing at College of Communications, and graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature with Creative Writing. She is also a self-published poet and painter. At whitefox, Kiana works across the editorial and marketing teams.

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Sarah first entered the publishing industry in 2017, specialising in editorial. Following internships at Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, she spent the next stretch of her career as Desk Editor at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, where she primarily oversaw the development of fiction and nonfiction titles (adult and children’s), and supervised a team of freelance professional editors. Sarah acts as a mentor for young creatives from underrepresented communities in her spare time.

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Hannah manages sales and distribution data for Whitefox and supports the trade sales team and internal distribution partners in the UK and US. Hannah has previous experience in editorial and copywriting at Illustrated London News (ILN). Most recently before joining Whitefox, Hannah held roles in both the law and tech industries. She completed her MA in publishing at the London College of Communication, where her independent study focused on improving access to independent publishing across the UK.

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Zoila has five years of experience in client management. She transitioned from working in an organisation offering talent management services to a tech startup specialising in behavioural change in teams. Her experience with clients and communities prompted her move to marketing, taking on the role of a community manager to help Whitefox build, expand and oversee online communities.

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Arianna has been working in publishing for more than ten years. She first started her career in Italy after working for a few years in academia. She has experience in Editorial and Rights, and over the past years, she specialised in Production. Since then, she has been working for 4th Estate at HarperCollins, Orion Books and Faber & Faber. She has long-term experience with mono and colour books for both mass market and high-quality publications. She joined Whitefox to manage print production and to ensure the best solutions for our books.

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