Our Ethos

Our mission is to publish great books which are also inspirational. To do this we follow principles of bibliodiversity, a concept developed by a group of Chilean independent publishers — Editores independientes de Chile — in the late 1990s and now part of the ethos of many worldwide independent publishers. Diversity is beautiful.

Many of our books have won or been shortlisted for awards, and we were the proud winners of the 2022 Saboteur Award for Most Innovative Publisher.

The Foundations

Victorina Press was founded by the late Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes, a Chilean-British writer and academic. Victorina Press is therefore strongly rooted in both Chilean and British cultures.

Consuelo’s Latin American roots play a huge role in our publishing today, with many of our books being translated into Spanish as stand-alone or bilingual publications. This has also opened the door for us to explore publishing in other languages as well, which is not traditionally the role of a single publisher.

The company was originally based in Market Drayton, a small market town in Shropshire. The location was very important, as there are many publishing companies in London, but far fewer in the rest of the UK. In 2019 Consuelo moved house and so the company moved too. We are now based in Kingstone, Uttoxeter.

The name Victorina Press was chosen in honour of Consuelo’s mother who passed on her love for reading and literature to all her children. To find out more about the roots of Victorina Press, check out our blog post In the Beginning…

Victorina Press is an independent publisher. Our books are listed on Nielsen, and through them are available from most major commercial online bookshops – for example, Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, and other independent bookshops.  Our books can also be ordered through Gardners.

Director and CEO from 2017 to 2023, Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes

After a long illness, Consuelo passed away peacefully in August 2023. She was the heart and soul of Victorina Press Ltd and she will always be guiding us in spirit.

A Chilean-British writer and academic, Consuelo came to live in England in 1992. Before moving to England Consuelo had been a political activist in Chile against the regime of Augusto Pinochet.

Personal Assistant & Dogsbody, Sophie Lloyd-Owen

Sophie joined the team as a personal assistant in 2017, as a helping hand to Consuelo. Shortly afterwards, she decided that she really enjoyed working in the publishing world and decided to stay on permanently. Knowing very little about publishing, Sophie had to quickly learn all aspects of the business, and she now feels at home, having also been an avid reader in her teenage years – although it definitely keeps her on her toes, with plenty more still to learn.

Media Man & Heavy Lifter, Jorge Vasquez

Consuelo’s son, Jorge, joined the team in 2018 to help with the ever-growing work that Victorina Press had set for the future. He was awarded a degree in Photography and Video from De Montford University and has brought that to the business, as well as becoming the in-house typesetter. Being a big Monty Python fan he tries to bring some comedy (with varying success) to some aspects of life in the office.

Support Team

Bella, Relaxation Officer

I Nam, Motivation Officer

Bridie, Head Chef