Our History – CleverCat Churchell Hill Publishing

Our History

History of Churchell-Hill Publishing

In the year of 1839, four partners named Prince, Crown, Simon, and Hill started a small printing press in London, England. The partnership mainly focused on publishing the work of young authors in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s stories. Their publishing business was flourishing and many new previously unknown authors became recognized. In 1879, the senior partner, Thomas Prince, passed on and left his share of the partnership to his daughter Camille D. Churchell whom at the time was married to an assistant of Queen Victoria of the British Royal Family. Camille Churchell had two sons: Richard J. Churchell and Johnathon A. Churchell.  After Camille Churchell’s father Thomas Prince died, she appointed her two sons, Richard Churchell and Johnathon Churchell, to help oversee the management of their quickly expanding publishing company.

Over the years, her sons published many works of literature by newly-discovered authors, including Queen Victoria’s private letters as her life as queen. As time progressed, two additional company partners died, Atwell Crown and Steveson Simon. They left their individual shares of the business to their children. It was becoming apparent that their publishing business was gaining momentous success. Camille’s two sons bought out the remaining partnership from Crown and Simon’s children for £10,000.00. The year was 1901, and Queen Victoria had died, but her private letters as the life of a queen remained. Queen Victoria’s writings went on to gain substantial success all over the world.

In 1908, Churchell and Hill Publishers merged their companies, mutually deciding on the collective title of Churchell-Hill Publishing, Ltd. which was based in the city of London, England. Eventually, the last surviving member, Charles Hill, passed in 1929 and left his share of the company to his son, Collins C. Hill, who went on to take over the publishing operations with help from Richard and Johnathon Churchell. Even though the company was purchased and sold as time advanced, it eventually transformed into a professional business entity with over 6,000 clients worldwide. In 2014, a newly emerging publishing company based out of San Francisco, California, Clever Cat Publishing, acquired all of the intellectual property of Churchell-Hill Publishing from its predecessors, Desmond Hill, and Segewick Group, a private equity group with origins in the two English cities of Westminster and London.

Robert S. Hunt, publisher of Clever Cat Publishing, also a parent of Jasper Sinclaire Media Management Company, Inc. which started negotiations to structure a financing deal that would allow for a merger acquisition of the two companies to create what is now known as Clever Cat-Churchell-Hill Publishers, headquartered in the U.S. city of San Francisco. The merger between the companies will officially commence in May of 2016 and will allow Clever Cat Publishing to make use of the entirety of the goodwill and property and will unify the two companies into a novel, singular entity: Clever Cat-Churchell-Hill Publishers of San Francisco, CA USA.


Clever Cat-Churchell-Hill Publishers

Clever Cat-Churchell-Hill Publishers believes that every potential author should be allowed the opportunity to have their manuscripts published on an open-minded basis. Not all potential authors will be published, but with our open-minded policy concepts, the author will be granted the chance to at least have his or her work reviewed by an experienced editor and staff that will take the time to thoroughly read through their manuscript to review its level of creativity, thought processes, and ideological perspectives—but most importantly, to secure the possibility of a publishing contract for representation. Our new publishing house, Clever Cat-Churchell-Hill Publishers, offers both new, as well as seasoned authors, this exact opportunity to become published writers with the aid of our new publishing house.