The Frederick Douglass Books publishing imprint is a joint effort between Forefront Books and Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives to establish a pathway for Black and Brown authors to write and publish a professional book they own the rights to with distribution into traditional retailers through Simon & Schuster.
Our team can't wait to hear your book idea and better understand your goals for publishing. We like to meet our authors first to determine if our publishing imprint is a fit and we can cover all the details on a short call. We look forward to meeting you!
Once we determine our imprint is a mutual fit we will present you with a simple publishing agreement including all costs, the definition of terms and how you make money on your book through generous royalties and discounted author buy-back pricing.
Have you ever read a book you can't put down? That's because it had a great developmental edit focusing on the arch of the book and reader experience. Our editors skillfully take your book through all phases of editing creating a professional manuscript.
Our award-winning team will design a cover that makes your book stand out and grabs the attention of readers and the media. If you already have a design we turn it into your dream book cover.
Want callouts, chapter summaries or photos added to your book? Our team takes your book from front cover to back cover and creates a layout that will keep readers engaged and connected to the content.
Imagine walking into a traditional retailer and seeing your book on the shelf! Through our exclusive distribution partnership with Simon & Schuster all authors receive distribution into traditional retailers.
The first book featured under the Frederick Douglass Books imprint will be Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, a book the Library of Congress named one of the eighty-eight "Books That Shaped America". Published in 1845, Douglass's first autobiography became an instant bestseller and, having escaped slavery just seven years earlier, put his life in immediate danger. The Narrative helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century and has changed the lives of readers ever since.
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives wants to inspire and empower one million young people to do and be more than they ever dreamed possible. In honor of Douglass's 200th birthday, they published the Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative. Through Frederick Douglass Books, FDFI intends to print and distribute one million hardcover copies of this special edition to students across the country.
Kenneth B. Morris Jr. Co-Founder and President FDFI
Jonathan Merkh President and Publisher Forefront Books
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