Muddy Pearl is an independent publisher of Christian books and general market gift titles, established in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 by Richard and Stephanie Heald. We want to publish good books well. Books that help people:
to know God, who he really is, and know him better;
to find their way around his Word confidently and with the tools to understand it well;
to find their calling and live out their faith wholeheartedly and with perseverance.
We are a traditional publisher, rather than a self-publishing company. So we choose our books carefully, edit them thoroughly, pay for all production and sales costs and pay our authors a royalty. We publish all our books in print form first, and support bookshops in every way we can.
We are structured as a limited company run along not-for-profit lines and we operate a profit-sharing arrangement with church and certain charities.
The People Behind Muddy Pearl
Stephanie is a skilled and seasoned publisher, and for over twenty years has helped authors to find their voice, organise their ideas and write well. Alongside this, she has been a workplace speaker for LICC and Spring Harvest, a trustee for John Stott’s London Lectures, and has helped organise the Guildford Book Festival – oh and a Mum to four children. She currently serves on the board of Tearfund. Stephanie loves finding time to pray, camping in the desert, cooking for a lot of people, and long walks in the hills of Scotland.
Richard is a design Architect and Project Manager and has helped manage the construction of some impressive buildings, including SUNTEC City conference centre in Singapore, Abu Dhabi’s new airport, Chase Manhattan Bank in Singapore and Hong Kong, Qatar Petroleum’s headquarters in Doha and not a few hotels in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. He is currently helping to get the stations of a brand new Metro system built, deep beneath the Qatari capital. None of which compares with managing the Muddy Pearl publishing schedule. Richard loves classic Mercedes, maps, drawing, designing a garden, dinghy sailing and desert driving.