She Writes Press, hybrid publishing company, announces 12-city book tour
Brooklyn BookBeat: Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore to Host Event
Hybrid publishing company She Writes Press is introducing a traditional book tour to its non-traditional business model.
As the digital age grows and 3,500 books a day are published in the U.S., according to Bowker, the ability for any author — traditionally published or independently — to get on the road for a tour has decreased exponentially.
She Writes Press is seeking to revive this opportunity for its community of indie authors and give readers, writers and industry professionals an experience to enjoy a tour of its authors. The company will embark on its first-ever national book tour this spring and summer, stopping in 12 major cities and featuring more than 15 authors.
One of the stops on the tour will take place at Greenlight Bookstore at 686 Fulton St., Fort Greene, on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. It will include authors Jo Ivester, Betsy Teutsch, Céline Keating, Tammy Hetrick, Donna Stoneham and Kamy Wicoff.
She Writes Press is a publishing imprint of She Writes, the largest global community of women writers online, with more than 25,000 active members since its launch in 2009.
She Writes founder Kamy Wicoff and publisher Brooke Warner launched She Writes Press in 2012. The imprint now has more than 100 signed authors and was acquired by SparkPoint Studio in 2014.
The SparkPoint Studio family now has the SheWrites.com community, two award-winning hybrid publishing imprints (She Writes Press and SparkPress) and BookSparks — its book publicity and marketing division for authors and publishers.
Providing a highly engaged platform, curated hybrid publishing and industry-leading PR for authors and publishers, SparkPoint Studio is paving the way for authors and publishers to embrace the ever-changing publishing industry and to have a one-stop place for all their story needs.
The She Writes Press national book tour not only gives authors the traditional publishing treatment with opportunities to participate in book signings and author panels in major cities across the country, but also showcases the growth and potential within a hybrid model.
She Writes Press authors get the benefit of full distribution, professional editing and design, foreign rights opportunities and a personal, hands-on collaborative approach to publishing and now they also have the opportunity to share their work on a larger scale with a multi-city book tour.
The She Writes Press Tour events include book signings, author discussions and special guest moderators.
“Many traditional publishers simply aren’t sending their authors out on book tours anymore or leave it up to their authors to build their own platforms and struggle with PR,” says SparkPoint Studio CEO Crystal Patriarche. “We think that there is still a huge value in building community face to face, so we’re seeking to close the gap between authors and readers while also supporting indie bookstores all across the country.
“And through our innovative family of companies, we have our own platform, industry-leading PR that focuses on traditional and digital avenues, and hybrid publishing imprints that give our authors support and options,” she said.
The She Writes Press tour will kick off in Phoenix, where SparkPoint Studio is headquartered, on April 20 and continue through major cities including Chicago, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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