About The CYC-Net Press
A short history lesson...
Back in 1994, Pretext Publishing was
established in Cape Town, South Africa by Brian Gannon (the founding
editor of CYC-Net) and Martin
Stabrey. Both were strongly connected 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. Martin grew up in
care in South Africa. In 1996, Brian and Thom Garfat established CYC-Net.
Pretext Publishing not only
published many Child and Youth Care related books (amongst other
titles), but had also branched out into internet web
development. 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 needed to grow, and so in 2002, Brian and
Martin discussed the idea of the Pretext running the CYC-Net web portal. It was a logical fit,
relationship continues to this day.
Pretext and The CYC-Net Press
The resources on the CYC-Net web portal have been
offered open source 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 "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 fruitless process. The CYC-Press aims to
take the "stress" out of publishing. Our aim is to make it as simple as
possible. We want to encourage writing, not discourage it. We want you
And, The CYC-Net Press supports 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 to fund
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