Nationwide — Founded by author, independent film producer, and former literary agent, Shawanda “N’Tyse” Williams, Black Odyssey Media is preparing to celebrate the first anniversary of her nationally distributed publishing enterprise. Since its inaugural launch, her company has acquired over 40 novels, with 28 of those titles being positioned in the marketplace before the year’s end.
The company projects continued growth, with plans to publish even more titles during its soft launch of Black Odyssey Nova, a digital-first imprint expressly tailored for hybrid authors who produce content at a rapid pace, and emerging creators with shorter-length works, or simply those who are looking for a publishing home to grow with.
“In our initial strides towards the one-year milestone, we have already seen a tremendous response to the unique stories and perspectives our authors bring to the literary landscape,” said Founder and CEO Shawanda Williams. “While there is still work to be done, the communal support from avid readers and mass retailers like Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc., displays the strong demand for authentic and multicultural content.” Williams credits Black Odyssey Media’s sales and distribution partnership with Kensington Publishing Corp., a leading independent publisher known for the diversity of its publishing program, for playing an integral role in its debut into the traditional marketplace.
Kensington’s President and CEO Steven Zacharius said, “Whether she’s writing her popular novels as N’Tyse, identifying talent, or developing innovative cross-media platforms for amplifying diverse voices, Shawanda Williams has a singular perspective and a keen sense of what the market wants. We have a history of success together… so when she first came to Kensington with her vision for Black Odyssey Media, we immediately wanted to be a part of it.” With inclusivity and representation as driving goals, Black Odyssey Media continues acquiring books that transcend cultural boundaries.
Black Odyssey Media proudly celebrates, and champions underrepresented creators of color in literature. As an independent, woman-owned publishing enterprise, it aspires to showcase the diverse narratives of marginalized writers across all genres, making a lasting impact in the publishing world, one step at a time and one book at a time. Learn more at BlackOdyssey.net
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