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Bounce Sales & Marketing represent 40 independent children’s publishers to the trade both in the UK and overseas. From beautiful, award-winning picture books to bestselling YA fiction, colourful early learning board books to fun and insightful reference and non-fiction titles, Bounce has a children’s book for every age and every taste, while helping booksellers discover hidden gems and give their customers a bespoke range of titles perfect for their communities.

With 13 field sales representatives based around the UK and Ireland, and an 8 strong marketing, export and special sales team at head office, Bounce is well known for having the largest children’s books sales team in the UK. We sell books into traditional accounts (bookshops, libraries and schools) as well as non-traditional accounts (such as gift shops, museum shops, farm shops and garden centre shops). We also supply all the online retailers, mail order companies and book clubs.

Bounce for Booksellers

We understand how busy bookselling is. That’s why this site has been built with you in mind. We’ve made it as quick and easy as possible for you to:

Bounce for Librarians and Schools

We agree that keeping children engaged with literacy is key to a better future. That’s why our website is packed full of great stuff to keep your kids reading and foster a love of books.

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Bounce works with over a hundred specialist educational suppliers in the UK as well as bookshops. We always encourage schools to support these suppliers as they can offer so much more to suit your needs than even we can. But we recognise that on occasions it may not be possible to get the particular books you want from a third party so we can supply orders direct. To place an order please contact us at Head Office on 020 7138 3650 or email sales@bouncemarketing.co.uk

We exhibit annually at the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Conference and Youth Libraries Group / School Libraries Association / School Libraries Group conferences with a range of our publishers titles on display. Come and say hello!

Bounce for Authors

As a sales and marketing agency, we’re afraid Bounce don’t accept manuscript submissions in any form, nor do we read them and send them on. If you’re an author looking to be published, head to our publisher section to see the publishers we represent and then try to contact them directly.

If you haven’t already, we suggest purchasing a copy of the latest edition of the Children’s Writers & Artists Yearbook from your local bookshop. It’s a great directory of agents and publishers, complete with contact details, submission strategies and what genres they’re interested in.

Unfortunately, we only represent publishers with multiple titles from multiple authors. We don’t represent individual authors. self-published or otherwise.

You can also check out our key titles to research children’s market trends and maybe find a book or two to buy yourself.

Bounce for Export Customers

We exhibit annually at London Book Fair and Frankfurt, and we also have a presence at Book Expo America and Bologna Book Fair. Visits to the major markets are also undertaken on a regular basis.

In some areas wholesale agents and representatives have been appointed.

A list of publishers we represent in Export Markets is available to download below:

Bounce Representing List – Export

For more information or to sign up for our monthly Export Newsletter, please contact:

Emma Ryan, Export Sales Manager

eryan@bouncemarketing.co.uk

 

History of Bounce

Bounce Sales and Marketing was founded in April 2002. At that time there was no specialist sales agency for Children’s Publishers even though the success of Harry Potter, government investment in literacy and the growth of chains such as Ottakars were all starting to increase sales of all kinds of children’s books dramatically. Independent UK Children’s Publishers were world leaders in selling co-editions throughout the world but often found the UK the last place that could sell their books.

We’ve always thought that was wrong and from the start we have tried to ensure that our publishers’ books reach the widest possible market both in the UK and the English language export markets. And over the last fifteen years we’re proud to have done just that for Publishers as diverse as founder members like Barrington Stoke or newer recruits such as Top That Publishing. We have now – amongst other things – sold over £300m of books at retail value, won Awards for Excellence, supported our authors at festivals and events at home and abroad, maintained a regular presence at all the important trade and gift fairs, had the occasional major bestseller, visited over 50 countries to sell our publishers’ books – and have made a lot of friends in doing so.

We’re now a team of 21 sales people, all passionate about selling children’s books of all kinds to all retailers who share with us our belief that even in difficult times the children’s books published by our incredibly talented Independent publishers offer a real opportunity for sales growth, as well as fulfilling a vital role in maintaining a literate society.

 

We hope this website will help our customers sell even more of the terrific Children’s Books from the more than 40 publishers we now represent.