Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd is a fresh and exciting new independent publishing house based in London. We publish adult fiction and non-fiction, including illustrated books, which cross linguistic, racial, gender and cultural boundaries – books in many ways as cosmopolitan as our city.
Through our authors and books, we aim to represent the cultural and ethnic diversity and heritage that can be found in London, with a particular interest in works related to Africa, the Caribbean, and the experiences of those peoples in the Diaspora. We also seek provocative, inspirational writing that shines a light on issues affecting ethnic minorities, women, and young people, and tackles contemporary social issues.
At the heart of our publishing strategy is one core element – a love of outstanding, thought-provoking work. We believe that a wealth of unheard, under-represented voices exist globally and are ready to be discovered. It is our mission to create the space for those voices to be seen and heard by new readers.
Founder and Publisher
Valerie has over 10 years book trade experience both in the UK and in the USA and is a proud graduate of the MA Publishing Studies at City University London. She left Profile Books to set up Jacaranda Books Art Music in 2012, feeling the need to explore publishing the kinds of books she longed to see and read but was having trouble finding. She bought her first title Fashion Africa in 2012 which was published in February 2014. Valerie is an ardent supporter of promoting ethnic and gender equality and diversity in the publishing industry. She is also on the committee for Fiction Uncovered.
Laure Deprez works as an editor for Jacaranda Books, helping publisher Valerie Brandes commission and edit new titles, as well as handling book production. Laure studied publishing at the University of Liege, Belgium and acquired experience in publishing before moving to Glasgow to work for local publisher Ringwood Publishing. She has now been with Jacaranda since February 2016. She has a special interest in literary fiction and works in translation.
Cynthia manages the sales and marketing functions at Jacaranda, along with brand and business development. She has extensive experience within the book trade, including bookselling, and has held senior sales and marketing posts in both trade and academic publishing. Throughout her varied career she has helped to promote books from US self-help guru Louise Hay, through to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Armed with a first-class MA in book history from the School of Advanced Study in London, Cynthia is also an award-winning performance poet, BBC Radio playwright and crafter of criminally poor puns.
Digital & Publicity Manager
Jazzmine Breary manages publicity and digital strategy, including overseeing the company’s website and social media channels. She works closely with Cynthia Hamilton on the company’s sales, marketing and publicity strategies. Having worked at Jacaranda Books since it opened its doors to the public in 2013, she has been involved in multiple areas of the business, assisting founder Valerie Brandes. She previously worked at Pan Macmillan and Profile Books, and served on the committee of Women in Publishing UK from 2012-2014. Jazzmine loves reading crime fiction and contemporary commercial fiction and hopes to one day meet Lee Child.