Imprint founder Kaylie Jones was profiled in the Hamptons Country Capitalist. Writer Mary Ellen Walsh interviewed Jones about taking the leap into the publishing world with Akashic Books.
As a teacher of writing in two MFA programs (Wilkes University in Pennsylvania and Stony Brook Southampton in New York), Jones has worked with many students to perfect their stories while assisting up-and-coming authors through the uncertain world of publishing.
Over the years she had noticed more and more of her talented students never getting the chance to be published and enjoyed by the masses, so she approached Johnny Temple, friend and publisher of Akashic Books in Brooklyn, about starting her own imprint.
“I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. A few years ago, I called Johnny and said I have to do something bigger to help writers. I suggested we opened an imprint,” said Jones in the article.
KJB titles UNMENTIONABLES (Laurie Loewenstein) and SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT (Barbara J. Taylor) have received exceptional reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the American Library Association. Forthcoming imprint titles include STARVE THE VULTURE by Jason Carney, LITTLE BEASTS by Matthew McGevna, WE ARE ALL CREW by Bill Landauer, and THE LOVE BOOK by Nina Solomon.