Kew Publicity is run by Jane Beaton, a former Head of Publicity at HarperCollins Publishers in London, where she worked for 15 years. Since it was formed in the summer of 2009 the company has developed successful publicity campaigns for many clients including Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury, Orion Books, Souvenir Press, Rizzoli, Quirk Books, Allen & Unwin and Quadrille/Hardie Grant. It also works with some authors who are self-publishing in areas such as sport and lifestyle, and occasionally with fiction writers where there is a strong back story or it’s based on actual events.
Since 2016 Kew Publicity has been involved with the Guildford Book Festival, one of the leading literary festivals in the UK, scheduling the programme of events and handling the day-to-day running. It has also acted in a consultancy role for books such as the autobiographies of Roy Keane (for Weidenfield & Nicolson) and Nigel Mansell (for Simon & Schuster).
Among the books promoted are Beware of the Dog, Brian Moore’s award-winning autobiography; Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck, which won the Cricket Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year; Finding Me, the memoir of Cleveland kidnap victim, Michelle Knight, Penelope Leach’s ground-breaking book, Family Breakdown, the inspirational Welcome To Biscuit Land, based on the successful blog of Jessica Thom who has Tourette’s Syndrome, Ian Doescher’s ingenious retelling of the Star Wars story in iambic pentameters, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, and Rose Petal Jam, a Polish cookbook and memoir from first-time authors, Beata Zatorska and Simon Target.
Jane has previously run publicity campaigns for books with high-profile authors such as David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, Stephen Fry, Alan Whicker, Gordon Ramsay, U2, Gene Wilder, and Baroness Julia Neuberger, as well as a posthumous novel by J R R Tolkien.