Good to see you here at the website of Black Pear Press (BPP).
BPP is a small press dedicated to supporting writers.
We publish quality books of fiction and poetry.
Where did Black Pear Press begin?
Prof Rod Griffiths
Rod Griffiths had an idea, ‘let’s start a publishing company’. Tony and Polly agreed that the idea was good and so BPP came into being. Each had previously self-published books and considered their combined experience in writing, editing, proofreading and publishing would make them effective as a publishing company.
Rod has published two novels and a collection of short stories and is a member of the Society of Authors. He contributes structural editing and cover design, as well as dealing with obligations to the legal deposit libraries. He is company chairman.
Rod’s previous career was in the NHS as Regional Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Executive for the West Midlands. He was awarded the CBE in 2000.
Dr Anthony Judge
Tony is an experienced writer of non-fiction and fiction, and a member of the UK Society of Authors. He has written two novels: his first, Sirocco Express, is published by Wet Zebra Media. He has a strong background in critiquing and editing the work of other writers.
He is company treasurer. From 1998 until 2006, he ran a successful telecoms consulting family business, Judge Consulting Ltd.
Tony takes the lead in assessing the cost and profitability of each proposed book, before it is accepted for publication. He is also involved in selecting and editing books for publication.
Tony selects suppliers of printing services and orders volume print runs of books.
Polly Stretton M.Ed
Polly returned to writing following careers in management and education. She specialised in quality in education, coaching and mentoring, and lectured in sales, marketing and management. Polly supports Tony and Rod with editing, PR, design and communications for Black Pear Press.
With wide experience in writing, copy editing and proof reading of fact, fiction and poetry, Polly is involved in the local literary scene. She was a director of the Worcestershire Literary Festival 2013-2018 and a creative resident at Croome Court in 2014. Her publications include a first collection of poetry Girl’s Got Rhythm and limited first edition Chatterton a series of poems about the tragic teenage poet. She is a member of the Society of Authors and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
With extensive connections in West Midlands writing communities, BPP discovers talented writers and creates quality books. Marketing principally through book launches, signings and at regional spoken word events, the company uses social media and networking to advise of new publications.
BPP encourages all writers to promote their work regularly at spoken word events and through social media and networking; other promotion opportunities arise and BPP will give advice and support.