Multiple Book Releases and Hundreds of Author Queries Create Excitement as Independent Book Publisher Kunati Launches

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Kunati Book Publishers, founded by published authors to publish other authors, launched after years of planning to news of three book acquisitions and hundreds of author queries. In its first week the Kunati website generated over 30,000 visitors as the international publisher announced its much anticipated launch.

All of us also have founded highly successful ventures in various industries.

Kunati Book Publishers created excitement in the author community as it launched its much anticipated traditional independent book publishing venture. Founded “by authors, for authors,” the international publisher is the outcome of years of quiet planning, resource building and work with authors and authors’ groups by a collection of successful entrepreneurs — who are also authors. Finally, on March 21, 2006, Kunati opened its doors with the launch of its website and the announcement of its first three acquisitions.

Author excitement drove over 30,000 visitors to the website in the first week. Six new titles will be announced shortly. The book publisher, focusing on “New Voices, Great Books,” puts emphasis on fresh voices in fiction and unique concepts in non-fiction. In the first week, the website counted thousands of unique visitors. Hundreds of enthusiastic authors queried Kunati in March alone.

“Kunati is founded by published authors, for authors,” explained Derek Armstrong, Publisher at Kunati Inc. “Because we’re authors, we know the agony of the publishing process, the chicken and egg scenario with agents and publishers. Authors, whether taken on or not will always be treated with great respect at Kunati. We’re looking for unique voices and freshness.”

Kunati’s first acquisitions include debut novels in divergent categories. The Light in the Forest, by Paul Chandler, is an innovative and eternally cheerful young adult fantasy. Lee Kane’s debut novel Night Wind is Chandler’s opposite with its unique supernatural mystery approach for adults.

“We’re delighted with the quality of all submissions,” said Derek Armstrong. “We are committed to publishing as many new voices as possible. Our main focus is commercial entertainment. We don’t focus on category, or any specialty beyond entertaining audiences with fresh voices.”

Kunati Inc. will distribute in both Canada and the United States. “We’ve had author submissions — really phenomenal novels and proposals — from Canada, United States, England, Australia,” said Mr. Armstrong. “Agents who normally only deal with larger name publishers have queried us as well.”

Kunati Inc. will distribute in both Canada and the United States and supports its authors with traditional advances and royalties. “We won’t take on an author unless there’s commercial potential,” Mr. Armstrong explained. “But we deploy extensive and proven marketing methods for authors we do take on. We’re authors for authors, that’s our mission, but we are very enthusiastic about supporting both booksellers and libraries.”

All Kunati’s investors and principals are authors. “All of us also have founded highly successful ventures in various industries.” Kunati’s central focus is supporting authors first, booksellers and libraries second.

Kunati plans serveral titles for its first catalogue, and more for 2007. “Our strength is marketing books. Two of our founding principals are well known ad agency principals with extensive contacts and expertise in branding, advertising and public relations,” said Derek Armstrong. Our designers have won all the top awards. Our copywriters are the best.”

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