Peter is the Founder and Managing Director of Cox Bank Publishing. A keen runner and cyclist, he has always enjoyed reading about others’ sporting exploits and he is keen to bring a wider range of sports writing to a larger audience.
In 2010 he edited and published The Best of the Fells, an anthology of writing on fell and trail races, written by the runners themselves.
That experience inspired him to establish Cox Bank Publishing and to collect and publish existing and new sports writing, largely by new authors but exclusively by sportspeople themselves.
He is married with a son and daughter, and is aided and abetted in his training runs by two rescue collies.
Peter also takes part in the Hanley Park Run in Stoke on Trent when he can - so if you would like a slightly unusual business meeting drop him a line and meet up there!
Cox Bank Publishing as a Social Enterprise
At the heart of CBP’s business model is the desire to put something back into sport. A proportion of the proceeds from each book sold goes to an appropriate (and often local) charity.
CBP will also accept commissions from organisations with an interest in sport, social enterprise and/or corporate social responsibility – e.g. producing tailored publications celebrating the contribution a company’s employees make to local sports clubs, or employee fund-raising for charity via sports challenges.
How We Work
CBP works directly with amateur sportspeople, amateur sports clubs and county and national sports associations to capture new writing on sport – generally stories or accounts of a race, an event, a competition or a memorable moment.
The Best of the Fells (Lulu, 2010) is an example of the approach. Books can be national, regional, county-wide or local in scope; and cover a single sport or celebrate the full range of sport taking place in an area.
Once a book manuscript is complete, publication takes place on Lulu, CreateSpace or using the services of a UK-based publisher. In all cases both paperback and e-books are produced. The time from finished manuscript to the book being available to buy varies from a few weeks to six months, depending on the publication route selected.
As noted above, a proportion of the proceeds from each book go to a relevant charity.