At Mary Egan Publishing we help individuals put their ideas into book form and into the hands of readers. Our team consists of Mary and her two daughters, Anna and Sophia. We are proudly a family business with over 40 years experience in the book publishing industry.
Mary and her husband the late Gerard Reid established Egan-Reid Limited in the early 1990s. Since then Mary has typeset, print-managed, edited and designed more than a thousand books for major publishers in New Zealand and overseas. Mary has always had a love of books. She started her working life as a librarian and developed a career in publishing with a focus on high-quality books, this has earned her the respect of the NZ publishing industry. In 2012 Mary joined the New Zealand Post Book Awards judging panel. Read more about Mary’s background here.
Mary is the mother of Anna and Sophia and has a son, Joshua, who lives in Perth. She is the proud grandmother of Clare, Louis and Elena. Mary lives in Mangawhai Heads with her dog Asher.
Anna is a graphic designer who has been in the book industry for over 14 years. She paid her way through university by illustrating for Australian publisher Elsevier and the Samoan Government. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English at Otago University, she went travelling before coming back to start her career as a designer and typesetter. Although she had been typesetting since her late teens, from 2005 onwards she learnt all the finer points of book design from Mary Egan. From 2010–2012 she was an in-house designer at Penguin Books (NZ). She thoroughly enjoyed her time there and learnt a great deal about the collaborative process of making great books. At the end of 2012 she joined Mary and Sophia in the family venture: Mary Egan Publishing.
Anna won the Allen & Unwin Young Designer of the Year award in 2016, and in 2012 won the Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book.
When Sophia’s father, Gerald Reid, was dying he wrote a business plan for Mary Egan Publishing – a company that he envisioned would be focused on doing the absolute best for a small group of clients, offering a publishing package from start to finish. Sophia started the business, with mother Mary and sister Anna coming on board full time after a couple of years.
Sophia is usually the first and last contact for clients. She does the initial pricing, spec-ing and once the job comes in, she passes it on to production and follows it through by managing the full project, print and delivery. She aims for her clients to have the best experience possible and to end up with the most beautiful book. Attention to detail and high quality books are always the end result – whether in hardback, paperback or e-book format.
Sophia was born into the publishing business. For as long as she could remember her parents had a home office and staff members were always coming and going. She started doing an admin role for their company, Egan-Reid Ltd, which morphed into an Office Manager role. When Egan-Reid Ltd was sold to Pindar NZ, she single-handedly ran the self-publishing department, before leaving to start up Mary Egan Publishing.