Creative Pumpkin Publishing is an independent small press. Founded by the author Sarah Rayner, we publish fiction and non-fiction, including the Making Friends series of reference books, which provide clear and comforting guidance on those mental and physical health issues many people find hard to talk about.

Our aim is inform, support and entertain readers of all ages with books that are written and illustrated with warmth and humour, and thereby help to promote compassion for ourselves and others.

All our titles are published worldwide, in English, in ebook and print and are available through Amazon worldwide and selected stores.

We can also work with organisations such as businesses, healthcare providers and charities keen to promote mental and physical health by offering a range of tailored packages. If you’re interested in learning how our books could help you to provide information and support, you can read about it here.


Sarah is the author of five novels and eight non-fiction titles. She had her first novel published in 2001, and her third novel, One Moment, One Morning, was an international bestseller, with sales just shy of 300,000 in the UK alone. Her books have been translated into 20 languages and published as far apart as Russia, Brazil and Norway.

Sarah also has 25 years’ experience of copywriting in advertising and marketing, and drew upon these skills to self-publish her first non-fiction book in 2014, the widely acclaimed Making Friends with Anxiety. In 2017 she set up this imprint, and now she has a team of independent publishing experts working with her.

Sarah Rayner is also an affiliate of ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and you can find out more about the organisation here:

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…meet the team