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Brown Girls Books celebrates two years of bringing readers the best in books
Company that started as a way for new and veteran authors to publish their books reflects on success, looks to future

(Raleigh, NC – Feb. 2016) – Brown Girls Books burst onto the publishing scene in February of 2014. Now, as they celebrate two years of bringing readers the best in books, BGB is looking forward to conquering new dimensions.

The company was started after National Bestselling Authors Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley saw the changing publishing dynamic making it more and more difficult for authors to survive and thrive in the industry.

“Writers we knew and respected were getting out of the business because the industry was changing so. And writers hoping to break into the literary industry weren’t standing a chance,” said Murray, Founder and BGB Chief Financial Officer. “We knew that we wanted to change that. So we started Brown Girls as a way to give those fan favorites and fresh voices an opportunity to let their voices be heard…with quality literature.”

Brown Girls caught the attention of the publishing industry, including the Big Six publishers. Readers applaud the “quality books” and industry professionals have been paying attention to the “boutique publisher that’s making a big splash.”

“We were shocked at the impact we’ve had in this industry. A publishing professional at a conference referred to us as the ‘Big Six and a half.’ To even be recognized on the same level as the major publishing houses is an amazing feat. We couldn’t be more proud,” added Billingsley, BGB Founder, and Chief Executive Officer. “While starting this company was monumental, our success is based on the fact that we approach the publishing relationship as a partnership, and as authors, we respect the craft of writing, so we only publish quality books.”

That commitment to quality is why BGB has accomplished so much in the past two years. Among their accomplishments:

  • Secured a Distribution deal with a top company, that usually does not work with small publishers.
  • Published 24 titles, with 22 more coming in 2016.
  • Had one of those books, Momma Gone, secure an NAACP Image Award nomination.
  • Had several titles secure Awards and Nominations (Twist, Easier Said Than Done, Catfish, Momma Gone, Pink & Patent Leather, The Perfect Present, Touched By An Angel, Payday, The Dating Game)
  • Had several titles chosen for Amazon and Kobo specials (something also reserved for larger publishers)
  • Started four additional imprints: Brown Girls Faith (Christian Fiction line), Jacquelin Thomas Presents (Mentoring Line), Enchantment (Romance line), and Brown Girls Kids/Brown Girls Teens, a division of titles written for young people by young people.
  • Secured an unprecedented movie deal for several of our titles.
  • Started a mentoring program where we partner with up and coming authors to pen novellas.
  • Given dozens of aspiring writers the opportunity to break into publishing with our successful anthologies.
  • And so much more!

“Of course we are so excited about where we’ve been, but we are even more thrilled about where we’re going,” said BGB Chief Executive Officer, Jaquelin Thomas, who joined the company as partner in 2015. “We have some great things in store, stories by authors such as Patty King, the daughter of BB King, Chick Lit darling, Tia Williams has an amazing book called The Perfect Find, popular romance author Donna Hill is bringing back one of her out of print titles, and so much more. We are definitely going to continue our mantra of bringing readers the best in books!”

To learn more about BGB, visit www.BrownGirlsBooks.com.

 

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Brown Girls Books is well represented on AALBC.com, many of the titles are AALBC.com bestselling books.  One of the shining stars in the Black Book Ecosystem!

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