By Lori Perkins
Over the weekend, Sourcebooks, one of the only publishing companies created and run by a woman, announced the launch of a new imprint with E.L. James, author of the international best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. In addition, Sourcebooks will distribute E. L. James’ entire backlist in print and ebooks starting April 1, moving from her from her previous home of Vintage, an imprint of Knopf Doubleday, now under the Penguin Random House umbrella.
E.L. James is the “keystone author” in the new imprint providing a “joint publishing model” to “entrepreneurial women authors who want to benefit from all that a top publisher can offer. The new imprint will focus on entrepreneurial female authors, like James herself who have taken a more hands-on approach to their publishing career (James started her career writing fanfic). The imprint hopes to allow an unconventional approach that will empower established entrepreneurial authors to take greater control over the creation, development, and marketing of their books.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the Sourcebooks family," James said in a statement. "It feels like I'm coming home — returning to my indie roots, and working with an innovative, dynamic, and hugely successful publisher who's always up for new ventures. It's an honor to be part of an imprint dedicated to amplifying creative women's voices."
Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks Publisher and CEO, said in a statement, "I'm so thrilled to be working with Erika! And it is amazing that she and all of her backlist will be joining Sourcebooks. We share a belief in women taking and keeping control of their own narrative. It's so exciting to be embarking on this journey, disrupting the industry by empowering women authors who have long deserved this opportunity."