About The CYC-Net Press

This may sound strange, but The CYC-Net Press has no real connection with CYC-Net (the folks whose logo is at the bottom right of the screen).
Well, that's not strictly true of course! Why would this portal be called The CYC-Net Press if it wasn't somehow connected to CYC-Net?


A very, very short history lesson...


Way back in 1994, Pretext Publishing was established in Cape Town, South Africa by Brian Gannon and Martin Stabrey.
Both had strong connections with the field of Child and Youth Care. Brian had just left the post of National Director of the National Association of Child Care Workers [NACCW] and editor of that organisation's journal The Child Care Worker. In 1997, along with Thom Garfat, he would become a co-editor of CYC-Net. Martin grew up in care in South Africa, but had no formal connection with CYC-Net at that stage.


By the early 2000's, Pretext was not only publishing many Child and Youth Care related books (amongst other titles), but had also branched out into full-scale internet web development — and this.is where the collaboration with CYC-Net first began.


CYC-Net had grown from what was essentially a daily hobby into a very busy web site. It already contained many hundreds of pages of information and received just as many daily visitors. It was clear that the "hobbyist" approach to its management was no longer going to cut it. CYC-Net clearly needed to grow up! So, in 2002, Brian and Martin discussed the idea of the Pretext partnership "taking over" the daily running of CYC-Net. It was a logical fit. And it so was that Pretext took over the day-to-day website management of CYC-Net. The relationship continues to this day.


Pretext and The CYC-Net Press


Since day 1, the resources on the CYC-Net web portal have been offered free of charge to everyone. It is voluntarily funded by individuals, associations, colleges, universities and agencies. (If you're interested in seeing who supports CYC-Net, go here.) But we all know that "voluntary" often goes hand-in-hand with unpredictability - and the reason behind Pretext, in collaboration with CYC-Net, establishing a publishing imprint called The CYC-Net Press.


The purpose of The CYC-Net Press


For those who have never had their work published, dealing with traditional publishers is often seen as a difficult, stressful and sometimes even impossible process. The CYC-Press aims to take the "stress" out of publishing. We want to make it as simple as possible. We want to encourage writing, not discourage it. We want you to write!


And, at the same time, we'd like to support the ongoing work of CYC-Net - through the sale of books from this web site.



And that's our very short story...


All that's left is for you to get in touch with us. We're here to help. And remember that you will be helping CYC-Net along the way.


Download: An introduction to The CYC-Net Press




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