Founded in 2010 by former L.A Weekly publisher and community newspaper owner/editor, Judith A. Proffer (M17 Vice Chair), Huqua Press is a white glove publishing house to nurture talent and creativity and to make a meaningful difference in the process. Huqua develops titles that ignite and nurture the senses, feed the mind and nourish the soul. The company strives to create a home for writers who dream of impacting the world with their thoughts and prose, striking a compelling balance of information and inspiration. Huqua publications Illuminate, Inspire, Inform, Engage and Entertain.
Huqua publishes a diverse catalogue that includes culinary, juvenile, fiction and popular culture titles. Proffer seeks authors and works that uplift, inspire, inform and engage.
Judith Proffer’s twenty-five year newspaper career includes nearly two decades in the alternative press (where she was publisher of LA Weekly) followed by co-ownership of the Sun Community Newspaper chain in Southern California. While at the LA Weekly, she spearheaded the LA Weekly book imprint with St. Martin’s Press, sweetening her already growing interest in a new publishing paradigm.
In 2015, Huqua Press released the first in a series of books by legacy and contemporary music recording artists – artfully illustrated editions for all ages bringing seminal lyrics to life. The debut title in the series was Dog and Butterfly by Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart). This title is an illustrated children's book along with a new, acoustic recording of this timeless hit. It was followed by 3x Grammy winner, Brandi Carlile's Caroline. (with a dedication from Elton John). In 2019 Huqua Press’ sister company, Padaro Press, will release Our House by Graham Nash, with a dedication from Carole King (http://www.meteor17.com/our-house).
With each project, Huqua Press (HP) assembles a creative team best suited to realize the spirit of the book. HP has a talented hive of artists, designers, copyeditors, proofreaders, filmmakers (for book trailers), publicists and even an outreach coordinator, whom we enlist to take a thought - or a finished manuscript - and deliver a shiny new book (well, sometimes it's a matte cover) into the hands of the reader.
The Huqua Press company mantra is "Small Press/Big Ideas".