Shebooks’s 75 titles will fold into She Writes Press’s impressive catalog and distribution, will expand the publisher’s product offerings
Berkeley Calif. and Tempe, Ariz. – March 2, 2018 – SparkPoint Studio, parent company of award-winning hybrid publisher She Writes Press, announced today the acquisition of Shebooks, a women’s e-book publisher with the mission to bridge the gap between magazines and books by carefully curating and publishing short e-books by and for women, and designed for women’s busy lives. The acquisition of Shebooks, which SparkPoint will roll into She Writes Press, is a testament to the reputation and success of She Writes Press in the hybrid publishing space and demonstrates SparkPoint Studio’s continued investment and commitment to growing She Writes Press as the leader and gold standard in hybrid publishing for women authors.
Shebooks was co-founded in 2013 by Laura Fraser, journalist and best-selling author (An Italian Affair); veteran magazine editor Peggy Northrop (former Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest and former Editor-in-Chief of More magazine and Sunset magazine); and publishing veteran Rachel Greenfield (former Executive Vice President, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia).
When it launched, Shebooks was awarded a seed grant by the New Media Women’s Entrepreneurial Fund, raised additional funding, and was able to publish 75 high-quality short e-book titles from well-respected authors, including best-selling author Hope Edelman; National Book Award nominee Ann Pearlman; best-selling author Caroline Leavitt; PEN award-winning memoirist Faith Adiele; and many others.
“We’re very proud of having published 75 high-quality, short books by women authors,” said Shebooks co-founder and editorial director Laura Fraser. “As we evolved, we saw a natural fit between Shebooks and She Writes Press, which shares a mission similar to ours, and we’re pleased our stories will have a home.” Added Peggy Northrop, Shebooks cofounder and president, “We are excited to see Shebooks flourish as part of She Writes Press and SparkPoint Studio.”
“We are happy to bring Shebooks into the SparkPoint family and that the Shebooks mission of publishing quality writing by and for women will continue under our company’s capable leadership, falling under our She Writes Press brand,” said SparkPoint Studio CEO, Crystal Patriarche.
Patriarche said she will keep the Shebooks name, rebranding it with a new logo and changing it to SheBooks to match her other brands, and will operate it as a new e-book only option under She Writes Press, which has published and distributed women authors in both print and e-book to this point. Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress (SparkPoint’s other thriving hybrid imprint which publishes male and female authors), will take the reins as publisher of the new SheBooks as well.
“Brooke is a known industry innovator, indie author advocate (particularly for women), and trailblazer for hybrid publishing. SparkPoint fully supports her passion, expertise, and vision,” said Patriarche. “As publisher of the new SheBooks, she will continue to seek out and publish high-quality works by women in new formats and lengths we haven’t done before.”
“We are working hard each and every season to grow and create more opportunities for She Writes Press and SparkPress, innovating and leading the disruption of the traditional publishing industry and setting the standard in hybrid publishing,” said Warner. “We will now have additional ways for female authors to publish their stories through SheBooks, including more formats and lengths, while still maintaining our current publishing package and tried and true model that is working well for our She Writes Press and SparkPress authors.”
Warner continued, “The original Shebooks authors will benefit from our traditional distribution program with Ingram Publisher Services. Their e-books will transfer to She Writes Press as publisher and be made available as SheBooks titles to 127 e-retail platforms. And we’ll be looking to publish new SheBooks titles as early as the Fall 2018 list.”
SheBooks submissions and new product offerings will be rolled out this Spring.