Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mailbag: Kazabo Publishing

From our in-box:

Kazabo Publishing is something entirely new. At Kazabo, established authors are the publishers. In effect we give them an "imprint" and allow them to choose new authors to publish.

It works like this. New and emerging authors submit their books to Kazabo and agree to review five books by other new authors. Based on the reviews their book receives, we put it into out editing process. At the end of that process, our established authors choose the books they believe will appeal to their loyal readers. Once the book is published, the established author uses their marketing platform to help promote the new author. For new authors, our royalty rates begin at 50% while the established author earns 15%. Initially, the new author is published to e-book and then moved into other media and languages as their sales progress.

Before you ask, no, this does not cost the author anything. This is not vanity publishing. The only money we collect is from readers when they buy the author's books! 

Nor is it, by any stretch of the imagination, self-publishing. Kazabo is very selective and no established author will back one of our new authors with their name and reputation unless they are genuinely impressed. Every book published by Kazabo will be a very good book indeed.

So the vast majority of new authors who submit to Kazabo will not make the cut. But there is something in it for them, too. If your book is not selected for publication, you will still receive the five reviews that were done of your book. You will know that five of your fellow authors read your book, thought about your book and provided you detailed, written feedback about your book.

There is a lot more to this program so I encourage you to visit our website,, for more information or to contact me with any questions you might have.

The reason I am writing this to you is that Kazabo is actively seeking submissions from new authors. If you think that this program might be of interest to your members, could you please let them know about us? We are very proud of this as we think this is something that could make a very real difference in the lives of a lot of authors. We would very much like your members to be a part of it!

If you have any questions, of course, please let me know.

Best Regards,

Chiara Giacobbe
Director, New Authors Division
(619) 401-3459

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