Have You Heard about the New Imprints at Amazon?

I’m hoping this will ultimately be good news for writers.  Amazon Children’s Publishing recently announced that the company is adding two new imprints.

Two Lions will publish picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction.  Editorial manager is Margery Cuyler who came to Amazon in 2011 when the company purchased more than 450 titles from Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books.  Titles on the debut list for this imprint include:

  • Gandhi: A March to the Sea by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, a free-verse biography
  • Poco Loco by J.R. Krause, illustrated by Maria Chua.  This one is a debut picture book about a mouse who invents.

The focus of Skyscape is young adult novels.  Tim Ditlow is editorial manager and joined Amazon’s Children Publishing in January of last year.  Debut titles for this imprint include:

  • You Know What You Have to Do by Bonnie Shimko, about a 15-year-old girl with murderous voices in her head.
  • Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.  The first book in the Breathing Series trilogy.  This one was initially self-published.

Both lists plan to publish pieces from both debut and established authors and will launch in spring of this year.

I’m not sure what this means for authors but will post additional links and information as I find it.