A company of teens from Rhondda are set to publish their second book. This publishing is the second for the up-and-coming children’s publishing business, which was founded by teenagers.
“Lemoned Publishing” is an educational publishing house from Wales created by Megan Thomas, 18, Katie Burgess, 16, Zoë Gable, 17, and Seren Collier, 16. The small company aims to publish books for youth and to encourage them to open up about mental health problems young people experience.
These young entrepreneurs started their company in 2019. They were encouraged by their own experiences with mental health. The group aimed to create awareness for young people to know about their challenges in life.
The company put its focus on ensuring that they are offering books that have pictures for kids. The books are well illustrated and have a storyline and various topics related to self-care, self-assurance, and harassment.
Cyhoeddiadau Lemonêd Publishing, the full Welsh name of the company, distributes books to various shops. The local community has been especially supportive of their ventures. Some of the areas that they are sold include the Pontypridd market, ARTtic in Treforest, and Siop Y Bwl in Pontypridd. Their books are also sold by online retailers such as eSpace Wales. This is a platform that is meant for local services and companies.
The group is now planning to grow their business further after their success in the first book. However, they will be doing this through the help of Coleg y Cymoedd and south Wales College. The group is also receiving support and guidance from employability Hub and the college’s enterprise resources.
The team is also getting face-to-face guidance from Peter Wright who is the head of entrepreneurship charity Toffler. He ensures that he offers support to new businesses to grow and develop.
The group is now working on their second project, a book called “Witch’s Socks.” It covers topics such as self-confidence, and the group is getting guidance on how to promote their book and increase sales from Coleg y Cymoedd.