Zibby Owens has interviewed almost 1,000 authors in about 3 ½ years for her standard podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” (don’t let the title idiot you: They do have time to learn books, they simply want a curated record of suggestions to assist them minimize via the overwhelming variety of titles). Over the course of such conversations, and numerous different alternatives to witness the publishing trade up shut, an thought started to take form: Why not begin her personal publishing firm, and do issues a bit otherwise?
Last week, the NYC native introduced the beginning of Zibby Books, which she’s going to launch as a part of Zibby Owens Media with publishing veteran Leigh Newman. Starting in January 2023, Zibby Books will publish 12 books a yr, a mixture of memoir and fiction from debut and established authors.
“I figured if we published more than a book a month, I’d just be competing with myself for readers’ time,” says Owens. “Plus I want readers to not only read our books, but all types of books from all types of publishers in different genres. Some of the books we’ve acquired already are by people who I’ve told, ‘You should write a book!’ ”
It is notoriously tough for authors to get consideration for his or her books; prior to now few years, Book Twitter has change into a spot the place authors steadily cheer on one another’s titles whereas additionally selling their very own. Zibby Books goals to make that form of pleasant collaboration a part of its marketing strategy. “Authors have banded together informally on social media and in other ways to address the seemingly insurmountable odds of an individual book breaking through,” says Owens. “Authors also know great writing when they see it. Why shouldn’t they be the arbiters of talent? Our author-influencer network will show that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
There can even be a Profit Sharing Bonus Program, wherein 75 p.c of all web earnings for every calendar yr might be cut up equally between Zibby Books workers and authors. In addition to advances and writer royalties, the authors will obtain the revenue bonus for his or her publication yr and their first yr of backlist, in addition to any years throughout which their ebook has outsized gross sales outcomes.