I’ve pitched Quirk Books a couple of projects in the last few months. I’ve had no success with them yet, but I love their list, which includes, most notably, the Worst Case Scenario Handbooks published by Chronicle.
Here’s a nice article about their growth from a packager to independent publisher. They’ve done a great job with non-book outlets such as Urban Outfitters, and Restoration Hardware, where, according to this article, their Field Guide to Stains is the only book featured.
I’d love to see any proposals for “irreference.” Especially those geared toward the hip, urban reader Quirk favors.