She Writes Press is proud to announce that we have officially signed our 500th author with the closing of the Spring 2021 list! As the 2019 Indie Publisher of the Year, we are excited to continue to grow our catalog every season, with titles that have surpassed 800 awards and finalist titles as of Spring 2020.
Here are some of our highlights from our award-winning indie hybrid imprint from the last few years:
She Writes Press was recognized as the 2019 Indie Publisher of the Year by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) as part of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was the first year that a hybrid publisher has received this award. Since its inception in 2012, She Writes Press has been pioneering the hybrid publishing space. Publisher Brooke Warner and Associate Publisher Lauren Wise attended the awards ceremony at ALA 2019 in DC to celebrate and accept the award.
For the past five years, SparkPoint Studio’s hybrid publishing imprints – She Writes Press and SparkPress – have swept the indie book awards season, taking home more book award finalist and winner accolades than any other indie publisher. As of March 2020, both imprints are on track to sweep the awards season once again for the sixth year in a row.
In an effort to address the publishing industry’s lack of diversity, we launched the She Writes Press and SparkPress Toward Equality in Publishing (STEP) contest in 2018 to offer a publishing package (plus a 500-book print run) to two authors to publish on either She Writes Press or SparkPress. During our second contest year, and after reading through 47 phenomenal manuscript submissions—double the contestants of the first year!—we narrowed it down to two winners: Veena Rao, author of Purple Lotus, publishing on the Fall 2020 season, and Robin Farmer, author of Angel Dressed in Black, publishing on the Spring 2021 season.
She Writes Press has once again proved its appeal to major brands and the marketplace. In 2019, REI began to add She Writes Press titles to its store inventory, for a total of three books as of Fall 2019.
As She Writes Press and SparkPress celebrate their seventh and sixth anniversaries, respectively, SparkPoint Studio celebrated some of their most noteworthy accomplishments as industry-leading publishers and a place where indie publishing standards exceed expectations. Check out all the great coverage here.