Huqua Press was founded in 2010 by Judith A. Proffer as an independent publishing house to nurture talent and creativity—and, hopefully, to make a meaningful difference in the process. Proffer’s twenty-five year newspaper career included nearly two decades in the alternative press (where she was ultimately publisher of LA Weekly) followed by co-ownership of the Sun Community Newspaper chain in Southern California. While at the LA Weekly she helped navigate the LA Weekly book imprint with St. Martin’s Press, sweetening her already growing interest in a new publishing paradigm.
Huqua Press publishes a diverse catalogue that includes culinary, juvenile, fiction and popular culture titles. Proffer seeks authors and works that uplift, inspire, inform and engage.
in 2015 Huqua Press released the first in a series of books by legacy and contemporary music recording artists – artfully illustrated editions for all ages bringing seminal lyrics to life. The debut title in the series was Dog and Butterfly by Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), followed by Brandi Carlile's Caroline. In 2018 Huqua Press will release Our House by Graham Nash.
With each project Huqua Press (HP) assembles a creative team best suited to realize the spirit of the book. HP has a talented hive of artists, designers, copyeditors, proofreaders, filmmakers (for book trailers), publicists and even an outreach coordinator who we enlist to take a thought - or a finished manuscript - and deliver a shiny new book (well, sometimes it's a matte cover) to the hands of the reader.
We are in a joint venture with Open Road Media, a formidable player in the digital book world. The New York based company brings many of our titles to the digital marketplace and their reach and expertise enables our titles to enjoy a wide audience.
We're regretfully not accepting submissions at this time as we are currently nurturing titles already on tap through 2019. We'll soon be offering publishing consulting, so if you are looking for assistance in that area do reach out and we'll keep you updated on that arm of our growing little company.
The publishing house is named after Proffer’s pugs—Huka and Quincy. The catalogue reflects the playfulness of some of our titles (and pugs do like to be engaged and have fun), while canine loyalty is embodied in Huqua’s commitment to its authors. Dogs make a great big difference when you invite them into your lives and heart and we're hoping our titles will have a welcome place in your bookshelf or device as well. Sadly, Huka is only with us in in spirit now but her awesomeness lives on. After all, she has a book publishing company named after her. Well, half of a book company. Not bad for fourteen pounds of sweetness and sass. And Quincy’s uncanny and noble ability to bring joy with a single display of affection is passed on to the non-profits we honor at special events and within our pages.
Quincy and Huka
illustrated by Alexandra Stein.