Entering its 10th year, social purpose publisher Pantera Press have rebranded to launch their 2019 list, comprising of 15 books. In 2020 they will publish 24 books across the genres of fiction, non-fiction and YA and children’s.

“While 2018 was a big growth year for us, our core focus was strengthening our business mix to allow us to significantly ramp-up our publishing and impact for the next 3 years,” said Alison Green, founder and CEO.

“We’ve opened ourselves up to literary agents, brought in new team members to grow the business and really cemented our vision for the kind of impact we want to have in our industry, and in the world,” said Green.

“Our mission is to publish books that spark imagination, conversation and change. We do this by investing in authors (undiscovered, emerging and established) and publishing with purpose (books that matter, and great storytelling). Our publishing success enables us to fund programs, charities and not-for-profit organisations that promote literacy and encourage a reading culture. The power of being a small publisher is that we can publish books our whole team is passionate about and we offer our authors prominence and longevity that publishers with larger lists are unable to give, so that every book has its own unique approach.”

Pantera was recently named the number 1 Heatseeker for 2018 by Nielsen Bookscan, showing the most long-term and short-term growth out of all small independent publishers in Australia.

Pantera’s 2019 list covers a number of genres as well as published authors and debuts. In fiction, Ned Kelly award-winning author Sulari Gentill releases the next book in the Rowland Sinclair series (All the Tears in China, February); Kylie Kaden, previously published by Penguin Random House, will make her domestic noir thriller debut with an addictive story about good people doing bad things (The Day the Lies Began, August); and Rebecca Freeborn changes pace with a moving story about the journey of a couple dealing with miscarriage (Misconception, June).

In non-fiction, musician and surfing aficionado Ash Grunwald explores the connection between music and surfing with some of the greats in both fields (Surf by Day, Jam by Night, August), while Jamil Jivani explores themes of male culture, toxic masculinity, extremism, terrorism and cultural identity that are sure to spark conversation when he tours later this year (Why Young Men, May).

In the YA and children’s space, the bestselling Australian YA author in 2018 Lynette Noni will release the much-anticipated finale to her Medoran Chronicles series (Vardaesia, February 18) in addition to the final instalment of her bestselling Whisper Series. Founder of the animal protection institute Ondine Sherman will publish two books in the Animal Allies Series aimed at 12+ readers (Sky, April; Snow, July) and editor Lucy Bell will publish an empowering guide for 8+ change-makers (You Can Change the World, October).

Pantera’s millennial imprint Lost the Plot will also publish a guide for baby-boomers (Oldies Guide to the New Millennial World, Katy McEwen, September) a guide to all the things a functioning adult should know (How to Adult, Anna Blackie, September) and an illustrated guide to the most wonderful and curious facts about the world (Mind. Blown., Dan Marshall, October).

“We have a huge year planned this year (and we might even sneak in a few more books) but we’re also really excited about the titles we’ve already acquired for 2020 which will see us hit our target of 24,” said Green.

“Apart from publishing books that matter we believe literacy is the first step to changing the world so we’re very proud to be a social purpose business that publishes with purpose and funds not-for profits and charities to close the literacy gap and encourage a reading culture.”

Pantera is a foundational partner of the Sydney Story Factory, contributing $150,000 to help open their new centre in Parramatta.


For more information contact: Anabel Pandiella

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