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
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
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
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
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 here's the important bit - 100% OF THE NETT
PROFIT FROM SALES OF BOOKS FROM THIS SITE GO DIRECTLY TO CYC-NET.
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
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