The Independent Publishers Guild has announced the shortlist for the second annual GBS Services to Independent Publishers Award, which will be presented at the gala dinner that concludes this weekend's IPG Conference in Brighton. The three contenders are Scandinavian sales representation agency Angell Eurosales; electronic and print publishing consultancy and licensing agency Attwooll Associates; and sales and merchandising agent David Segrue. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the shortlist was drawn up from a list of nominations made by IPG members.
Of Angell Eurosales, the judges said: 'Angell Eurosales provide exemplary representation in a non-English speaking market, constantly going the extra mile in talking to bookshops and wholesalers and seeking out specialists relevant to the books they carry. They have a strong record of nurturing new customers and supporting long-term ones, always remaining on excellent terms while staying tough on discount.'
As to Attwooll Associates: 'By bringing exceptional resources and expertise to bear on exploiting the digital marketplace, Attwooll Associates provide a service which independent publishers simply could not replicate for themselves. They open up new and potentially lucrative revenue streams and put their client publishers on an equal footing with larger rivals, all the while combining high efficiency with patience and helpfulness.'
David Segrue 'provides outstanding representation on behalf of his publishers, going well beyond what could normally be considered entirely acceptable performance. He is passionate about his publishers lists and works tirelessly on them, always seeking new and better ways to achieve sales and providing first-rate feedback on title reception and the state of the market. He is dedicated to getting the level of sales enjoyed by bigger hitters.'
The Award was launched last year to honour individuals or organisations making significant contributions to the success of independent publishers in the UK. It is supported by Grantham Book Services in memory of its former client services manager Julie Nix, who worked for GBS for 30 years before her death in 2007.