About us

SRA Books is a team of dedicated individuals who strive to help writers and business owners to produce fantastic books that not only look good but sell well and increase business for their authors. Sue Richardson is a dynamic publishing professional who, together with her colleagues and associates below, works to ensure all aspects of publishing a book are catered for to the highest standards.

The team

Sue Richardson

Sue Richardson

Director and publisher

Having worked for many years as a freelance editor and publishing project manager, Sue began publishing non-fiction books in 2000. Since then she has worked with numerous companies, entrepreneurial individuals and experts of all kinds to get their books written and published.

“Nothing satisfies me more than seeing my clients succeed as a result of telling their story well. There is simply nothing like a book for building your credibility and reputation – and of course the personal sense of achievement you gain from publishing is the icing on the cake.”

William Buist

William Buist

Strategy

A seasoned expert on collaboration, teams and effective business models, he is known today for making a dramatic business impact, both for owners and executives. His oftentimes intuitive approach helps them uncover invaluable insights about who they are and what they do, in the process enabling them to transform their businesses quickly and sustainably.

“Publishing is the living example of business synergy, a well-written book, delivered professionally, changes the world for every reader.”

Christopher Cudmore

Christopher Cudmore

Managing editor for the Authority Guides

Chris has worked in publishing for 20 years at companies including Routledge/T&F, McGraw-Hill and Pearson, where he led their professional and consumer award-winning business publishing.

“Having come from a large media organisation, I’ve been impressed with the agility of SRA Books and their lean approach to business. They deliver great results, at high speed, with innovative ways to get to market.”

Paul East

Paul East

Marketing consultant for the Authority Guides

Paul has been working with books his entire professional life and has been employed by some of the UK’s biggest retail, media and publishing brands. After nearly 20 years in front-line retail, he moved into book marketing where he was responsible for a £20m publishing portfolio, planning and executing UK-wide and international book trade marketing campaigns.

“I love the inspiring, enthusiastic, agile energy of SRA. Everyone’s working together to make great things happen and I’m delighted to be part of this refreshing, can-do culture.”

Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter

Commercial director

Ian has over 20 years’ experience building, developing and leading teams within the book publishing and print industries, with a career spanning operational responsibility, frontline sales and board level accountability for client services.

“I love working with the team at SRA Books – they do for publishing what brown sauce does for a bacon sandwich.”

Maria Waite

Maria Waite

Proofreader

Maria started working in the world of books back in the early 90s for The Red House – a children’s book club – when her elder daughters were quite small.  Since then she has worked for Hodder Education (part of Hodder and Stoughton) and The HotHive (an independent publisher) before turning freelance in 2011.

“Working with Sue and assisting in the publication of so many wonderful books is an absolute joy.  Every day brings new and exciting challenges which I am thrilled to be a part of.”

Kelly Mundt

Kelly Mundt

Production manager

Kelly has travelled from the US to use her techie knowledge to help SRA authors. A recent graduate of Oxford Brookes University, she hopes to use her past freelance experience to continue her career in publishing.

“I have never been so excited to go into the office and work with such an amazing team. It’s a great feeling to know you are creating excellent books that mean so much to so many people.”

Bella Anton

Bella Anton

Publishing assistant

Hailing from the US, Bella is a recent graduate from Oxford Brookes University where she studied International Publishing.

“Coming to work here has been an amazing experience. The people are friendly and easy to get along with. I’m learning so much, creating a stable foundation for the future.”

Lin Oliver

Lin Oliver

Finance department

Lin has over 40 years experience working in accounting environments, both employed and freelance.

“I have worked with Sue  for many years and am delighted to be involved in the progression of the company. Everyone, staff and clients, are so friendly it makes working a pleasure.”

Natalie Carthew

Natalie Carthew

Executive assistant

With over 20 years’ experience, Natalie has supported and managed teams with companies ranging in size from Citibank to RBS Dominion Securities to SMEs and solopreneurs. Now also executive assistant to Sue, she is an extra pair of hands for the team, assisting in the seamless back office functions of SRA by employing the latest technologies to deliver professional services, skills and support.

“A big challenge is the best challenge to me and I thrive on working and being part of a team. I am a result-orientated person.”

Ginny Carter

Ginny Carter

Ghostwriting and book coaching associate

Ginny Carter, The Author Maker, is a business book ghostwriter, book writing coach, and author. She’s on a mission to turn established speakers, coaches and consultants from everyday experts into respected thought leaders and in-demand speakers, through the publication that grows their reputation and expands their business.

“I love writing, and it frustrates the hell out of me when I see business owners with books trapped inside them, all for the want of some expert help. My talent is enticing your signature programme or talk out of your head and into a business book that’s interesting, insightful, and persuasive.”

Gerry Thompson

Gerry Thompson

Ghostwriting and book coaching associate

Gerry Thompson is an author and editorial consultant. Since 1990 Gerry has written, co-authored and ghostwritten 30 books, with worldwide sales of over half a million copies in 20 languages. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post. Gerry also runs his own business, helping professionals be better and more effective at communication.

“I am passionate about books, and about supporting other authors to get their work out to the world in their own voice, and gain the satisfaction – and all the other advantages – which that adventure can bring.”

Mark Hobin

Mark Hobin

Design associate

Mark has been working with Sue for many years. He is highly valued at SRA for his innovative and creative approach to book design and his ability to listen carefully to the desires of SRA’s authors while at the same time considering the books’ potential readers.

“The way a book’s cover and interior is designed has a part in whether the book will sell or not. The goal with book design is to create an eye catching cover and interior that is inviting, pleasing and easy to read. Always an enjoyable challenge!”

Chantal Cooke

Chantal Cooke

PR associate

Chantal Cooke is an award winning journalist and broadcaster, and founder of The Book Booster. She specialises in helping authors turn their books into best sellers by using a variety of tried-and-tested PR, communication and marketing methods designed specifically for authors.

“I hate to see fantastic books languishing on a shelf without reaching the people who could benefit from reading them, which is why I am passionate about making sure every book reaches its audience.”