SAN FRANCISCO, May 27, 2014 /Emag.co.uk/ — Shebooks, a new digital publisher of short e-books by and for women, launched subscriptions to its growing library today. This week also marks the start of a Kickstarter campaign to fund female authors called “Equal Writes.”
Shebooks.net launched in December 2013 with a curated collection of e-books, each designed to be a one- to-two hour read. Its library has since grown to 40 short works by top authors and journalists, including best-sellers Caroline Leavitt, Hope Edelman, GLAAD co-chair Jennifer Finney Boylan, Guardian columnist Teresa Wiltz, cofounder of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine, National Book Award ﬁnalist Beth Kephart, and many more.
“By adding subscriptions and continuing to update our library with two to four new books each week, we’re making sure that women never lack for a quality read on whatever digital device they’re carrying,” says Shebooks President Peggy Northrop. E-books and subscriptions are available for direct sale via Shebooks.net; individual titles can also be purchased on Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other online retailers.
Laura Fraser, Shebooks Editorial Director, adds, “As an author, I’ve seen the space for quality women’s writing shrink and shrink. That’s why we started Shebooks, to give more women a platform to publish their work.” Shebooks offers authors a 50 percent share of revenue against sales.
Shebooks was cofounded by three publishing veterans. Northrop is a two-time National Magazine Award-winning editor (Reader’s Digest, Sunset); Fraser a best-selling author (An Italian Affair) and journalist. COO Rachel Greenfield is a former EVP of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a longtime publishing consultant. In 2013 the three won a grant from the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women’s Entrepreneur Fund.
Shebooks’ “Equal Writes” Kickstarter campaign has a goal of $50,000, which will fund advances to female writers. Campaign rewards include subscriptions, “Equal Writes” T-shirts, author visits to book clubs, and the opportunity to have a protagonist named after you in a work of fiction.
“We are thrilled by the quality of the e-books that we’ve published so far and are excited to discover new voices and publish many more,” says Northrop. “Kickstarter is the perfect vehicle for getting the word out to a wide audience about this exciting new media form.”