We are usually a rather modest bunch here at Osprey, but from time to time there is nothing quite like a healthy spot of bragging. And we actually have quite a good excuse to feel good about ourselves, because the Osprey Group has just won the Independent Publishing Guilds Specialist Publisher of the Year Award!
Alongside our fabulous partners in crime, Shire Publications, Old House, and Angry Robot we came away with the award in the face of some stiff competition from some other brilliant publishing companies - Quiller, SPCK and Accent Press.
We picked up the award after "a year of outstanding sales and critical acclaim, including the Arthur C Clarke award. Judges said it had total command of its various niches while conveying group strategies and constantly innovating. 'This is a company that lays its foundations and really does its homework on its books. It mines the possibilities of the new world of publishing while continuing to do the traditional things very well.' "
As well as winning the Specialist Publisher award we were also shortlisted for the Digital Publishing Award, another massive honour when you look at the standard of other publishers on the shortlist - Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and the eventual winners, Constable and Robinson.
We did take a few moments to revel in the award, pat each other on the back, have a quick sip of bubbly... before getting back to what we are best at, making books!