You may be looking at this image and thinking what does an egg have to do with why you're supporting women authors. Right? The image above recently broke the record for most likes (over 50,000,000 likes) on Instagram which had been previously held by Kylie Jenner. It went viral and it's sole purpose was to break Kylie Jenner's record of most liked photo on Instagram. We saw that and thought what if that had been an image of book? What would the impact have been for that author?
The idea had already been there for us to launch our Book of the Week series, but this definitely helped make it happen sooner. The primary reason for doing this is because of our CEO's personal experience with self publishing her own book a few years ago on Amazon, "From Failure to Fearless". She is an avid book lover and personal supporter of public libraries. This has been something she has always wanted to do because she understood the challenges that many authors face in getting publicity for their books.
Submit Your Book for Consideration
****We also have to add this piece for clarity. Our process is not immediate for selecting books. As you can imagine we have a ton of submissions from authors at major publishing houses, independent publishing houses, and self published authors. Our process is to review every single submission fairly, read a few chapters and/or even the entire book, look at table of contents, and the authors information. That takes time. So no one will receive an immediate response and not everyone will be selected as it is clearly marked as "Book of the Week" and there are only so many weeks in the year. but just know that every single submission is considered thoroughly regardless if they are a HERstory member or not. It is a FREE service for you if your book is selected.
In addition to our regular duties for our HERstory Members, our Angel Fund exclusively for Female Founders, and corporate duties in supporting and providing global business development for primarily women owned SME's internationally, we have added this initiative because of a personal experience of our CEO, Kisha Mays. She self published her own book a few years ago on Amazon titled "From Failure to Fearless".
She understands what it takes for authors to get publicity and sales for their work and to generate additional revenue streams from it. She created this Book of the Week series (for our members and for the general public) and additional monthly book club (for our members) to create an avenue to support women authors because millions of books are published around the world annually and only a fraction truly get the support they need for the work to seen and read by more people.
Most are self published thanks to companies like Amazon, Lulu Press, Smashwords, Bookbaby, and independently. The average author sells 250 copies or less of their book throughout the books' publishing life. If an author is luck enough to sell that much or more it still may not even recoup the time, effort, and additional costs such as editing, formatting, cover illustration, etc put into publishing their work. This is not even including marketing costs and efforts. So we truly do offer this service for FREE to help change those odds in your favor. That said, you don't have to be a member to submit your book but we have to tell you that our HERstory members do receive priority in submission consideration. If we didn't say that upfront it could create problems later down the line.
The overwhelming majority of our members are NOT authors, just business owners in a multitude of industries. We don't do this just for them, we do this for the general public as well to get the world reading and learning about new books and genres that they may not have known about. That is the purpose of this. It is unfortunate that this had to be blogged about, but we won't let the negative experience of dealing with 1 person (via their independent female owned publisher) complaining that they were not selected immediately stop us from promoting this initiative to the masses and fulfilling our mission of this initiative.
We thank you for your submission. We are considering books for the remainder of Spring and Summer with deadline extension to submit until April 10th. Once we have all those selected. We will open it again to start selecting books for the Fall and the Winter.