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Shebooks Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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Shebooks Launches Kickstarter for its 2014 Equal Writes Campaign

San Francisco, CA
Shebooks, a new digital publisher of short e-books by women, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness of the gender bias in publishing—and to build a fund to pay women writers.

“Our goal is to publish as many short e-books by women as we can this year.” says Laura Fraser, Shebooks Cofounder and Editorial Director. “As an author, I’ve seen the space for quality women's writing shrink and shrink. That’s why we started Shebooks, to give more women a platform to publish their work.”

The 30-day Kickstarter campaign has a goal to raise $50K, all of which will go to pay women writers in 2014. At every pledge level *, Shebooks offers fun, creative campaign rewards, including a Shebooks subscription, a chance to get your own original work published in an upcoming Girl Power anthology, an “EQUAL WRITES” T-shirt, a night out with Shebooks authors, author visits to your book club, the opportunity to have a protagonist named after you in an upcoming book, and much more.

To learn more about the Equal Writes Campaign, visit

Shebooks has published over 40 original books by top authors and journalists. Shebooks authors include international bestselling author Hope Edelman, New York Times-bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, former Deputy Editor of Essence Teresa Wiltz, founder of Ms. Magazine Suzanne Braun Levine, and National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart. This week’s Shebook, I’ll Give You Something to Cry About, is an original novella by New York Times-bestselling novelist Jennifer Finney Boylan, who was recently named the Anna Quindlen writer-in-residence at Barnard.

“We are thrilled by the quality of the e-books that we’ve published so far and are excited to discover new voices and publish many more,” says Peggy Northrop, Cofounder and President of Shebooks. “Kickstarter is the perfect vehicle for getting the word out to a wide audience about this exciting new media form.”

Shebooks is a new publisher of short e-books by and for women, cofounded in 2013 by magazine editor Peggy Northrop, bestselling author Laura Fraser, and media executive Rachel Greenfield. offers a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction, and journalism tailored to women and designed to be read in under two hours. Shebooks can be purchased individually for $2.99 or by subscription.


* Thirteen pledge levels available but take special note of these three: Make a $35 pledge and Shebooks editors will take a look at one of your manuscripts for possible inclusion in our "GIRL POWER" anthology -- and you'll get a copy of the anthology free, whether your piece is chosen or not.  Make a $200 pledge and one of the Shebooks editors will do a detailed critique of one of your manuscripts. Make a $3000 pledge and you can spend a week in Mexico on a writing retreat with Shebooks cofounder Laura Fraser.

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