About us

Who are Sweet Cherry?

Sweet Cherry Publishing is an independent children’s book publisher based in Leicester. We are a small team with a big mission! We believe that all children should have access to great stories and endeavor to break down the barriers which often get in the way of reading. We are proud of our Leicester heritage and work very closely with the local community to increase literacy rates and promote reading for pleasure. We are a positive & fun team with kindness, success and collaboration at the core of our values. We are proud to represent our authors and are passionate about sharing engaging stories with children of all abilities and backgrounds.

Meet the Team!

Managing Director

“I am the big cherry that sits right at the top! I get to make the most important decisions within the business.”

Likes: Watermelon

Dislikes: Watermelon seeds

Favourite children’s book: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Lara Clift
Rights and Sales Director

“My job is to develop and maintain positive working relationships abroad. I also oversee publishing rights for Sweet Cherry titles and I negotiate translation rights.  Most interestingly, I get to travel to international fairs to exhibit our new titles and to meet interesting people!”

Likes: Music, skiing, food and tea!

Dislikes: Blue cheese, it’s just wrong. Any other type of cheese is welcome though

Favourite children’s book: The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber

Managing Editor

“I find exciting new books and authors for Sweet Cherry by reading manuscripts and attending book fairs. Once we’ve taken on a text, I talk to our authors and help them edit their books to make sure that they’re as brilliant as they can be! I also work with the rest of the team to make sure our books come to life in our readers’ imaginations.”

Likes: Receiving interesting parcels and singing songs

Dislikes: Haters

Favourite children’s book: The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Production Co-ordinator

“I get the best job of turning everyone’s ideas into exciting new products and bringing everything to life. I create new formations, source all of the extra components and build the relationships with all our suppliers.”

Likes: Crisps, Camembert and Skiing

Dislikes: Gravy and people being late

Favourite Children’s Book: The Jolly Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

Senior Designer

“I design covers, interiors and extras for a range of books, currently focusing on Licensed design pitches and product development.”

Likes: Rammstein, Fraggle Rock, Punctuality and Damien Hirst.

Dislikes: Shopping, Glitter and Ostriches (evil massive pigeons!).

Favourite Children’s Book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and reading picture books like Oi Frog! by Kes Gray & Jim Field to my son Rocky


“I help Cecilia with the editing process by proofreading and copy-editing our current projects. I’m also here to give my opinion on potential future publications by reading manuscripts and identifying new opportunities.”

Likes: Asian dramas, living abroad and re-arranging my bookshelves

Dislikes: Windy days without a hair band

Favourite children’s book: Carbonel: The King of Cats by Barbara Sleigh

Junior Designer

“I design our books from the front cover to the back to make them pretty and fun to read. I commission artists to illustrate our books, and also work on our audiobooks.”

Likes: Coffee, podcasts and plants (plant lady is the new cat lady).

Dislikes: Cinnamon and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Favourite children’s book: Sleuth on Skates, from the Sesame Seade Mysteries, by Clementine Beauvais.


“I design and edit the covers and illustrations of our books! I also typeset the books and make activity packs and fun extras to accompany them.”

Likes: Graphic novels, board games and playing sports (not so much watching).

Dislikes: Yoghurt adverts

Favourite Children’s Book: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Sales and Marketing Assistant

“It’s my job to make our books seen and fall into the little hands of children all over the world! I’m responsible for meeting clients at trade book fairs across the globe, as well as meeting our lovely readers at more local events to chat about books.”

Likes: rom-coms, spin class, cocktails

Dislikes: heatwaves, airplane toilets, traffic

Favourite Children’s Book: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Junior Editor

I edit and proofread our current projects – and I even write some of our younger children’s books! I work closely with the design department to make sure our images fit the text, and I also assess submissions with the rest of the editorial team.

Likes: vintage jumpers, BBC dramas, making BookTube videos and Christmas

Dislikes: being cold, disorganisation and badly developed characters

Favourite children’s book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


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