LEAPing Into the Future
Last month I connected with LEAP Books as a freelance editor. Here's recent news from LEAP:
"Having a small publishing house means you get to be picky about the books and authors you represent," says Shannon Delany (YA author and now publisher and owner of LEAP BOOKS, LLC). "You don't feel the pressure of filling a certain number of slots each year--you can truly make quality come before quantity."
Thanks to longtime Leap author, Judith Graves, an enthusiastic trio of experienced YA authors has joined forces to lead LEAP Books LLC into the future. Graves had recently begun developing the SHINE e-novella line, and seeing Delany comment on Facebook about possibly starting a small publishing house of her own, Graves suggested Delany join her. But things grew from there.
LEAP BOOKS's founder, Laurie Edwards suggested the two take over the entire house--not just a single line. In short order Delany was owner and publisher with Graves as her very capable co-publisher. The pair knew that a third member of the team was needed so they could more easily focus on their strengths. Delany contacted author and YA Fest organizer Jennifer Murgia and brought her on as Marketing Director. With the addition of a CFO and building on the established group of editors and illustrators, the new face of LEAP began to take shape.
"We're leaping ahead with the growth of the SHINE e-novella line, but we're gladly maintaining the foundation Edwards gave us. We have a great backlist of books written by eager authors--they just need some more attention in the market. I'm proud of LEAP's history. If I wasn't and I didn't see huge potential in this company, I wouldn't be here. The authors in our backlist are talented--we have award-winners, NYT Bestsellers... What more can you ask for?"
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