I've known David Fickling for twenty five years and I can honestly say I've never met anyone as knowledgeable, enthusiastic and creative in the world of books. He's always been the very best kind of editor - open-minded, encouraging, with an extraordinary ability to make some apparently casual suggestion that can turn a promising text into a brilliant book.
I'm positive my long and happy writing career would not have happened if David hadn't been my editor at a key time. I'd had many books published but had low sales and little attention. My breakthrough book was The Story of Tracy Beaker. David was positive and optimistic right from the start when I said I wanted to write the story of a fierce feisty little girl desperate to be fostered. I asked if it would be possible to include as many illustrations as possible to give the story wide child-appeal and encourage reluctant readers and he understood immediately, and suggested I meet the brilliant young illustrator Nick Sharratt. We've worked together in a very successful artistic partnership ever since.
In the increasingly corporate world of publishing David has kept all his integrity and love of literature. He cares passionately about publishing stories he can be proud of. Some might think his approach old-fashioned in a world where the only 'good' book seems one that sells a million copies - but he's also a modern-minded business man who has an uncanny knack of producing best-sellers.
He's a man in a million and it's such exciting news that he is now establishing his own independent publishing company.