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Erin PolgreenPeggy Northrop
Peggy Northrop is a media consultant and former editor-in-chief of Reader's Digest and WorkReimagined.org.

Erin PolgreenLaura Fraser
Laura Fraser is a best-selling author whose publications include An Italian Affair, Losing It and All Over the Map. She is based in San Francisco.

Rachel Greenfield
is President and Founder of RGA LLC and a member of the SheBooks team, has spent 15 years consulting with media and other companies.

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Project Blog: First Person Female

An e-publishing, profit-sharing platform to be developed for quality, long-form journalism, memoir and fiction by women writers. Founders are Peggy Northrop, former Reader's Digest editor-in-chief, and best-selling author Laura Fraser.

Shebooks Prints Best-of Anthology
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shebooks, a new media company devoted to e-books written for and about women, has republished the best of its 2014 memoirs in a new print anthology, 

Whatever Doesn’t Kill You: Six Memoirs of Resilience, Strength, and Forgivenes. It is selling the book for $15.99 starting in November 2014.

Shebooks has already released some 71 fiction and nonfiction titles that sell for $2.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The e-books are also available on Scribed.

In June, Shebooks raised $56,701 in its "Equal Writes" Kickstarter campaign to help pay women writers.

Co-founder and president Peggy Northrop, editor-in-chief of Sunset Publishing in Palo Alto, CA, was recently featured in Fast Company's profiles of San Francisco startups.

 

 

   • Posted by Jan Schaffer on 11/25 at 11:06 AM

SheBooks Offering Two E-books per Week
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

From Laura Frazer
Co-Founder

March 2014

Only months after its January 2014 launch, Shebooks.net, an e-publishing platform for women writers, has 29 titles that are being sold for $2.99 each. They are available for Kindle through Amazon, Nook through Barnes & Noble., tablets and smart phones through the free Kindle app, or can be read on a computer - Just go to read.amazon.com to set up your Amazon Cloud Reader

More 1,675 books have been sold in the first quarter of 2014. Shebooks.net is averaging more than 6,000 visits a month with more than 30 percent repeat visitors. And 40 percent of our emails are being opened.

A full web site offering subscriptions will launch soon.

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   • Posted by Laura Fraser on 04/09 at 01:37 PM

E-Products for Start-Ups
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

J-Lab, American University's SOC and MAME programs, The National Press Club sponsored the New Media Women Entrepreneurs: Making New Ideas Happen summit. The summit featured 11 talks on how to make a start-up work. Watch the other talks on Vimeo.

Laura Fraser and Rachel Greenfield talk about Shebooks and what it taught her about getting an e-product on the market.

Making Your Start Up Work: E-Products - Laura Fraser from J-Lab on Vimeo.

 

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   • Posted by Justin Warren on 02/12 at 02:38 PM

Writing Contests and Weekly Releases Propel Shebooks Launch
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Thursday, February 06, 2014

By Laura Fraser
Co-founder and Editorial Director

Shebooks, the new publishing platform for short e-books by women, for women, launched Jan. 2 and now has 12 e-books and some top rankings in Amazon's hot releases.

Shebooks is planning to bring out a new release each week (initially available on Kindle and Nook). In April, we plan to roll out our own e-reader and subscription service for readers.

In only one month of publishing with a mini-site, we have made a splash including a mention on NPR’s "All Things Considered" series “The New and The Next,” where Ozy.com founder Carlos Watson described Shebooks as “tantalizing reads.”

We've also managed to land at #1 and #2 in Amazon's hot releases in the essay category, with Elizabeth Geoghegan's The Marco Chronicles and Carol Merchasin's How It Goes in Mexico.

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   • Posted by Laura Fraser on 02/06 at 03:46 PM

Shebooks, New Women’s E-Book Publisher, Launches
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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Shebooks, New Women's E-Book Publisher, Launches

The following is from an official press release from Shebooks:

NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Shebooks (shebooks.net) entered the booming e-singles market today with a collection of nine titles aimed at the largest reader segment - women. Shebooks also announced plans for a unique subscription offering for accessing the publisher's growing collection of titles. The nine titles released on the Shebooks preview site today (view on shebooks.net) include six memoirs and three works of fiction by well-established authors and essayists, including Hope Edelman, Marion Winik, Faith Adiele, Jessica Anya Blau andSuzanne Paola.

former Editor-in-Chief of More,current Editor-in-Chief of Sunset) and publishing veteran Rachel Greenfield (former Executive Vice President, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia). Shebooks was awarded a seed grant by the New Media Women's Entrepreneurial Fund administered by the American University's J-Lab in 2013. The company is currently in the midst of raising its first round of seed funding.

Rachel Greenfield, the company's Chief Operating Officer, says, "Women make up 71 percent of all e-book buyers -- a $1.7Bmarket. And women make up over two-thirds of all magazine subscribers. But there are actually very few outlets for quality writing by women at this length, even though the format is ideally suited to women's busy lives. We think this idea, enabled by the advent of tablets, is ripe to explode and grow, and we have been getting an excellent reception as we take it to market."

At Shebooks, readers will find original and rarely seen memoir, fiction and journalism by and for women. Currently available for Kindle and Nook devices, the growing library of e-books -- up to 15 a month, each between a long magazine article and a book in length -- will be available on all devices and by subscription from the Shebooks.net site beginning in March.

"Women writers are looking for new outlets for their most personal work, and women readers crave great reads that fit into their busy lives," said Laura Fraser, editorial director and a co-founder of Shebooks. "We are thrilled by the variety and quality of our first titles."

Shebooks was co-founded in 2013 by Laura Fraser, a journalist, writing teacher and best-selling author (An Italian Affair)veteran magazine editor Peggy Northrop (former Global Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest, former Editor-in-Chief of More,current Editor-in-Chief of Sunset) and publishing veteran Rachel Greenfield (former Executive Vice President, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia). Shebooks was awarded a seed grant by the New Media Women's Entrepreneurial Fund administered by the American University's J-Lab in 2013. The company is currently in the midst of raising its first round of seed funding.

Rachel Greenfield, the company's Chief Operating Officer, says, "Women make up 71 percent of all e-book buyers -- a $1.7Bmarket. And women make up over two-thirds of all magazine subscribers. But there are actually very few outlets for quality writing by women at this length, even though the format is ideally suited to women's busy lives. We think this idea, enabled by the advent of tablets, is ripe to explode and grow, and we have been getting an excellent reception as we take it to market."

The nine books live on Shebooks.net today are:

Boys Like That: Two Cautionary Tales of Love
A memoir by best-selling author Hope Edelman (Motherless Daughters Motherless Mothers) of finding solace in unexpected places when her mother is stricken with cancer.

 

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   • Posted by Chris Holt on 01/02 at 03:09 PM

Shebooks Launches Soon with 30 Titles
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Monday, October 07, 2013

Shebooks.net is launching in late fall– with 30 titles of great short e-books by women. We have lined up an amazing list of writers giving us original work, including:
 

  • Suzanne Braun Levine, founder of Ms. Magazine and first woman editor of the Columbia Journalism Review;
  • Barbara Graham, essayist, playwright, and author whose work has appeared in Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and Vogue;
  • Marion Winik, author of Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living and a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore;
  • Jennifer Boylan, New York Times-bestselling author of She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders and currently professor of creative writing and American literature at Colby College;
  • Suzanne Paola, a poet whose best-selling work is Body Toxic, a New York Times notable book and winner of a Pushcart Prize;
  • Susanna Sonnenberg, whose new memoir, She Matters: A Life in Friendships, was published in January 2013;
  • Jennifer Haupt, co-author of I'll Stand by You: One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World, the memoir of Elissa Montanti, founder of Global Medical Relief Fund for Children;
  • Jane Juska, author of A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, which documented her sex life when she was 67 years old;
  • Jeannie Ralston, contributor toLife, Time, National Geographic and The New York Times and author of The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming;
  • Caroline Paul, a former firefighter whose second memoir, East Wind, Rain, is currently being developed into a feature film;
  • Constance Hale, author and critic best known for her language books Sin and Syntax and Wired Style;
  • Beth Kephart, a National Book Award finalist for A Slant of the Sun: One Child’s Courage;
  • Teresa Wiltz, deputy editor of Essence magazinewho has worked at The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune;
  • Lucy Bledsoe, a novelist and science writer and four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist;
  • Ariel Gore, founding editor and publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication;
  • Hope Edelman, author of the international bestseller Motherless Daughters  and recipient of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year designation and Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction; and
  • Meredith Maran, author of 10 nonfiction books and a novel, several of which have been San Francisco Chronicle best-sellers.

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   • Posted by Laura Fraser on 10/07 at 01:49 PM

New Name, Complicated Technology Choices
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Deciding our original "First Person Female" name was too wordy, we've come up with something shorter:  "Shebooks," as in short e-books for women. Our taglline: Every woman has a story.

We also brought in a third partner, Rachel Greenfield, who has deep publishing experience with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Ziff-Davis.  We have created an LLC and are now working through our web and tech options.

We are finding the world of technology platforms for e-readers to be complex and confusing. The easy plug-and play solutions are created by companies that would gladly eat up a huge percentage of our sales.  We are committed not only to publishing women writers, but paying them good money for their hard work.

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   • Posted by Laura Fraser on 07/18 at 10:55 AM