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SelfMadeHero is a quirky independent publishing house committed to producing ground-breaking work in the graphic novel medium. We commission independently minded, commercially successful work while championing the very best graphic novels in translation. We are extremely proud of our high editorial and production values and are known for successfully promoting our authors through our innovative press and marketing campaigns.

UK Young Publisher of the Year 2008: Winner   
The FutureBook Digital Innovation Awards 2011: Highly Commended


Emma Hayley
Managing Director
& Publisher

Emma launched SelfMadeHero in 2007, after spotting a gap in the market for high quality graphic novels. Her background in publishing, following a postgraduate diploma in journalism at City University, London, has seen her work as a journalist, a film PR and as an editorial director for several small publishers. Since launching her own company, her focus has shifted to the business and entrepreneurial face of book publishing, while she remains hands-on in commissioning new titles.

She was named UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year, as part of the British Book Industry Awards 2008. Her aim is to create a publishing house relevant in the 21st century, developing new inspirational concepts and publishing across multi-platforms.


Sam Humphrey
Sales & Marketing

Sam joined SelfMadeHero after spending four years at Sheil Land Associates literary agency, where he worked on behalf of a number of prestigious clients. As well as agenting books, he played a central role in the development of Sheil Land's own digital publishing imprint, Peach Publishing. Sam has an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck College, University of London. He reads widely and spends much of his spare time blogging about publishing and literature. What he most enjoys is championing great books and bringing them to as many readers as possible.


Guillaume Rater
Publishing Assistant
& Digital Content

Guillaume is French, but has lived abroad most of his life, and has had a passion for graphic novels since he was five years old. After a couple of degrees in publishing (the BA at Oxford Brookes University and the MA at City University London), too many internships, and working briefly for Cinebook Ltd, he was happy to join SelfMadeHero in November 2013 (unofficially as an intern in October 2012). He enjoys multitasking across different publishing departments, is very keen on everything digital, and spends his free time cycling.


Paul Smith
Press Officer

Paul is a publicist and journalist with over 20 years' experience and has nurtured a life-long love of comics and graphic novels in all forms. After studying European Literature and Art History, he first developed his career at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Joining London-based independent arthouse film distributor Tartan Films, he devised publicity campaigns for 'Irreversible', 'Secretary', 'SuperSize Me' and Jodorowsky's 'El Topo'. He was also instrumental in launching and developing the Asia Extreme brand which included 'Old Boy', 'Battle Royale', and 'Ring'.

He has recently been co-ordinating PR for the Association of Illustrators, including their book-related events and the annual illustration awards. A part-time college lecturer and industry speaker, he also reviews books and graphic novels in between other writing projects.