About Us

Accent Press Cardiff Bay


Feisty independent publishing

Accent Press is an award-winning independent publisher founded in 2003 by Hazel Cushion. The company has won numerous awards and been shortlisted for IPG Independent Publisher of the Year.

Based in the heart of the creative quarter in Cardiff Bay, Accent publishes a wide range of commercial fiction and non-fiction. Our partnership with Hachette in the Uk and Start Media in the US has enabled us to offer a truly global platform for our authors


Accent Press has celebrated many major achievements including:

  • Winner of the Best New Business
  • Wales’s HOT 100 business start-ups – third place
  • Repeatedly featured in The Bookseller’s Top Ten Charts
  • The company and its titles have received considerable media attention including items in national newspapers, leading women’s magazines and international radio.
  • Accent Press became an accredited Living Wage Employer in 2015

The company is divided into three imprints: 

  • Accent Press – The mainstream publishing imprint provides a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • Xcite Books – This erotic imprint was started in 2007, becoming the UK’s largest erotic publisher and winning multiple ETO Awards.
  • Cariad – mainstream romance publishing sexy, contemporary women’s fiction.