Leap Books, LLC
April 26, 2019
LEAP BOOKS CLOSES DOORS, URGES AUTHORS TO LEAP EVER FORWARD
Founded in 2008 by author and editor Laurie Edwards, it was with great hopes and great heart that author Shannon Delany took over Leap Books, LLC, along with author Judith Graves. Unfortunately over the years the market shifted, evolved, and flooded. It became clear to management that Leap could not offer the services they wanted to, and that they strongly felt their authors deserved, and so the small press will soon be closing.
Leap has been home to many wonderful characters and stories. They’ve explored the underground railroad, demonic possession, voodoo, vampires, werewolves, fast cars, and ice-melting romances. Leap stands behind the quality of each and every book the small press has produced, as well as the talent of their authors and the stories they told. From their Bram Stoker Award preliminary ballot earning Alice-in-Wonderland inspired anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit, to an EPIC ebook award-winning eco-mystery series by author Bonnie J. Doerr, Leap titles have received significant attention. Alexandra Diaz earned second place in the Best Young Adult Fiction Book – English category at the 2018 International Latino Book Awards for her young adult novel Good Girls Don’t Lie and Sheri Larsen (S.A. Larsen) won five different literary awards for her middle-grade novel, Motley Education, including the 2017 Gold Medal at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards in Children’s Fantasy Fiction.
Leap authors have also landed impressive spots at speaking engagements including Jessica Bayliss’s role at the International Thriller Writers Thrillerfest conference in New York City on a panel with R.L. Stine. “Our Leap authors are an impressive bunch with tremendous creativity and a fierce drive to grow and improve–team-players all,” Delany said, adding “Any publishing house would be fortunate to take on an author with a reversion letter from us, and we were truly fortunate to get to know such an amazing and talented group of people.”
This has been a very difficult decision for the management team to reach because their authors have become their friends. As Publisher, Shannon Delany expresses, the team urges authors to leap ever forward with their careers, “We feel strongly that Leap was a place that helped grow some amazing storytellers.”
Co-Publisher Judith Graves indicated the true impact of a small press may not be financial, it’s in the development of author careers, “It has been an honor to get Leap stories into readers hands and we can’t wait to see how our authors continue to shine in the future.”
“Our Leap authors are an impressive bunch with tremendous creativity and a fierce drive to grow and improve–team-players all,” Delany said, adding “Any publishing house would be fortunate to take on an author with a reversion letter from us, and we were truly fortunate to get to know such an amazing and talented group of people.”