I wasn’t familiar with Shebooks until I spotted their current Kickstarter campaign online but from a look at it I like what they’re doing.
They publish ebooks “by women, for women” with an emphasis on memoirs, which is one of my favorite types of books to read. Their kickstarter campaign is designed to fund more publishing as well as to raise awareness of a gender bias in the writing industry.
I actually didn’t know that there was such a bias – that, according to their reports at least, women are published less and earning less than men despite having more bestselling titles. If this is true (and I have no reason to believe it’s not; I’m just phrasing it that way because I haven’t done additional research on my own so I’m just repeating what they’ve shared) then I’m a bit embarrassed that it’s not something I was aware of considering that this is my field. I mean, I mostly do self-publishing and prefer that route but it’s still something important to be aware of.
So I’m glad that they’re raising awareness while supporting authors to change that. Good stuff.