You’re three this month, and what a fast three years it’s been. You are a success story already, since most new businesses fail within the first year. So congratulations on making it to toddlerhood! We’ve had a wild first three years together. First, you grew up faster than I expected. So many amazing, talented women saw the potential in you from the get-go, and they hurried to publish under this innovative model you represent. I am so grateful to those trailblazers, the fall 2012, spring 2013, and fall 2013 authors who stepped out on a limb to show their faith in what we were creating. There were 24 of us in that first year, myself included, and the caliber of books we published set the tone for where we are today—with 92 books published and 156 authors signed.
You have so many people to thank for your success. Our authors, first and foremost, who are smart, articulate, brave, passionate, and accomplished women—all of them. We have every kind of personality you can imagine, and each of them has nurtured you and contributed to who you are today. I’m most grateful to those authors who have offered gentle direction and advise and no-nonsense expertise. Our authors are the reason we’re thriving, and I can’t articulate the depth of my gratitude for their investment in your success—even when it’s come with a good dose of tough love.
I want to give a special call-out to our big sister, SheWrites.com. Were it not for founder Kamy Wicoff’s capacity to see what you could be, you never would have been. Thank you Kamy for your vision and courage. Thank you also to April Eberhardt, who’s been instrumental in helping us to define what you are, and who’s spent countless unpaid hours brainstorming and dreaming with me about the future of publishing, and who gave you your official category of “partnership publishing.” Thank you to Crystal Patriarche, our new CEO, for seeing in you something fresh and exciting that she wanted to be a part of and lead into the future. She has upped your game in every way, and has given us a fresh start with her own flair and energy, and also with her amazing team. Thank you to Julie Metz, whose creative talents have made us an indie publisher to watch. That you’ve been praised by some of the toughest buyers in the industry as a press with gorgeous covers, some of the best of any small publisher out there, is testament to Julie’s eye and impeccable taste. And thank you to Cait Levin, who’s been there since your conception and who’s one of your biggest champions. Every publisher needs a person like Cait to keep everything tidy and sorted out and sane, and we’re lucky to have her. We must also thank all of our editors, designers, and other freelancers, too many to name here but so so valued. We have been incredibly lucky not only to have access to such a talented pool of experts, but a pool who’s genuinely excited about and committed to our books—which is more than any press can hope for.
Some of the major coups you’ve achieved that stand out for me include:
And then there’s the major coups and successes of our authors, too numerous to list here, but which include national media attention, hitting best-seller lists, awards up the wazoo, successful book launches, incredible book sales, and tons of trade reviews. Our authors have been featured in People, O! magazine, Salon, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and on NPR. And we’ve been reviewed in every trade: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness.
On your third birthday I celebrate you, She Writes Press, but also everyone who’s brought you along and who continues to bring you up. I’m so proud of what all of us—authors, staff, freelancers, allies—have done in these three years, and especially proud that we are disrupting the system and shaking up an industry that’s too often constrained by the way things have always been done. I am committed to continuing to make waves with you, and it looks like you’re committed to making wave with us too. Here’s to many more years of smashing success. Happy birthday, baby.
Publisher, She Writes Press