Spies Publishing is a small, independent publisher founded in 2016 by husband and wife Renata and Robert Spies inspired by their son's imagination and passion for writing. Our Story
"Spies Publishing was born from a passion for writing. Our nine-year-old son, Ben's passion for writing."
Renata Spies is Ben’s incredibly proud mother. Two years ago, she was confronted with a problem - How do you keep nurturing and recognising a child who loves reading and writing?
"When Ben started showing a passion for writing and wanting to write at home everyday, I started looking for an after-school writing class to develop his talent. But I couldn't find many. That's when I realized that our society rewards many other children’s activities. Sports have games throughout the year, certificates for the best players, and medals at the end of the season. If your child loves dancing or playing an instrument, you can enroll at a dance studio, or you can easily find music lessons with competitions and concerts in the end of the year. These children are being trained, are improving their talents, and somehow getting recognized and rewarded. There is nothing like this for children who love to write. In 2015 I decided to self-publish 'Weirdo' - as Ben’s reward and recognition. It was like giving him his certificate, his medal."
In this digital age, Ben wants to inspire children to read with his books. He also wants other budding authors to realize their dreams and write their own stories. If he can do it, so can they.
Publishing our first book - 'Weirdo'
Ben's determination to write didn't waiver and in September 2016, Renata and Robert Spies took the plunge and began a publishing company. They have compiled a dream team of editors, book designers, illustrators and printers. In December 2016, 'Weirdo' was officially relaunched and is now available for purchase. Ben’s next book, 'The Magic Pencil', is currently being finalized and have a release date for June 2017.
"To nurture and to inspire reading and writing from an early age."
"Spies Publishing will continue to publish Ben’s books and aims to help other young, budding authors to become published also."