David and Charles will distribute Exisle Publishing books (Exisle), including imprints EK Books and Little Pink Dog Books, in a new agreement to begin in July 2022. The David and Charles in house team will oversee sales and marketing, with books being distributed through GBS. The list is being distributed on an exclusive basis in the UK and non-exclusively in export territories.
The Exisle list features titles in mind, body, spirit and health and wellness categories alongside children’s books under the EK Books imprint. The award-winning children’s list has a particular focus on the communication and understanding of complex issues. Exisle is a former nominated publisher for the Bologna Publisher of the Year (Oceania Region).
New Zealand based Exisle CEO and publisher Gareth St John Thomas is the son of David St John Thomas, who originally founded the David and Charles business in 1960.
Speaking of the move to David and Charles, Gareth St John Thomas said:
“We’re excited to be working with David and Charles in this new partnership to develop our UK and European book sales. We see great opportunities with our exciting Spring 2023 front list alongside scope to grow our backlist sales in all our categories.”
David and Charles Commercial Director, Bel Youldon said:
“The Exisle list has some great complementary titles to those we are publishing at David and Charles, particularly as we develop our business into MBS and wellbeing. We have plans to reintroduce the books to the trade and specialist retail as part of our launch strategy and look forward to sharing Exisle books with our existing customers.”
The David and Charles sales team will be in touch with customers and sales accounts in the coming weeks to introduce the list and Spring 2023 new title program.