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Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd was launched in 2009 by Steve Bicknell and has been gaining momentum over the last few years.

Maverick has over 400 titles across the formats of picture books, early readers, graphic reluctant readers, junior fiction and middle grade.  We believe that, with everyone leading such busy lifestyles, it is important for children to spend time with adults sharing and engaging over books.

At Maverick we have a strong ethos of championing new authors and emerging illustrators, with a big emphasis on supporting them once their book is published. If you would like to submit your own stories to Maverick, then please visit our submissions page.


- Meet the Team -

Steve Bicknell

Managing Director

Steve is the driving force behind Maverick, with a huge enthusiasm for everything he does. He delves into all aspects of the business but particularly handles the marketing and sales side.

Karen Bicknell

Finance Director

Karen keeps on top of the business finances and plays an important role in decision-making within the company.

India Faux


India works primarily on the early readers, often juggling working on many books at once. She not only works on the editorial side of the readers but also does the layouts and design.

Kimara Nye

Managing Editor

Kim has been with Maverick since the beginning. She looks after the day to day runnings of the company and also still delved into the editorial side of the business, with a special focus on picture books.

Aimee Hayes


Aimee spearheads the junior fiction and middle grade, working with the authors to hone their texts into masterpieces! She also handles a lot of the design work at Maverick.

Abi Reeves

Publishing Assistant

Abi is the newest member of the editorial team. She is working with Aimee and India on the early readers and chapter readers.

- Meet the Maverick Mutts -


Kim's Maverick Mutt

Mocha is a collie x poodle. She is in the office full-time and is tennis ball mad! She often does rounds of the office, trying to persuade someone to play with her.


Aimee's Maverick Mutt

Ivy is a golden doodle. She comes in once a week and loves lots of attention, which the team are more than happy to give her as she has the softest coat! A great dog to keep stress levels low in the office!


Kim's Maverick Mutt

Cookie is the newest pup on the block and is another collie x poodle - though no one told her she was half poodle! Cookie has settled into office life and loves to chill out whilst everyone else is busy working.

Poppy & Twix

Part-time Maverick Mutts

Poppy is Steve and Karen's dog. She is a rescue from Ireland and has a distinct dislike of anyone in a florescent jacket. Twix is Kim's family dog and is very much 'Miss Perfect'.

N.b. Yes we do almost have the same amount of dogs as people!