In our own words
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.
Whitefox in numbers
What makes us who we are
Whatever the project, whatever the budget, we won’t compromise on quality. We’re all about producing beautiful, professionally edited books that will stand out from the crowd and even exceed your expectations.
By constantly innovating and modernising as the boundaries of independent publishing expand, we stay fleet of foot and give our authors access to the most talented editors and designers and the most up-to-date production offering.
We understand that independent publishing represents not only a financial investment but also an investment of your time, effort and trust, and we’ll always recommend the right services for the right project at the right budget.
Your book – your creative control. But we’re here to advise, guide and oversee your project from draft manuscript to published book, based on our decades of industry expertise.
Sell & distribute
What makes us who we are
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.