S&S acquires Strebor books

Pub unit takes on Zane

Viacom publishing unit Simon & Schuster said Wednesday it has acquired the entire backlist and frontlist of Strebor Books.

Strebor was founded in 1999 by bestselling author Zane as a one-person publishing operation dedicated to promoting the works of minority writers

Strebor will fall under Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books label, which previously acquired three of Zane’s self-published novels, including “The Sex Chronicles,” “Addicted” and “Shame on it All.” All three titles became best sellers for Atria.

In 2003, Strebor then entered into a distribution pact with Simon & Schuster. The label currently has a backlist of 50-plus titles from more than 30 authors.

Zane will remain as Strebor publisher with the aim of continuing to roll out popular fiction by African American writers.

Strebor will publish between 15 and 25 books per year, with Atria and Simon & Schuster handling all aspects of publication, from design and production to sales, marketing and distribution.

Within the new structure, Zane will report to Judith Curr, exec VP and publisher of Atria Books.

“This agreement will allow me to focus more on what I like to do best — writing, editing, and discovering new talent — while giving all our Strebor authors the full benefit of Atria and Simon & Schuster’s talented publishing staff and expert sales and distribution team,” said Zane.

Strebor’s stable includes Darrien Lee (“All That and a Bag of Chips,” “Been There, Done That”), Franklin White (“Money for Good,” “Potentially Yours”) and Allison Hobbs (“Pandora’s Box”).

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