Unbound seeks to draw in more women writers

Unbound seeks to draw in more women writers

Crowdfunding publisher Unbound has launched Women in Print, a campaign to encourage more female writers to submit their ideas for books.

Unbound has published 43 books, two magazines and a box set of photos to date, of which 32 were by male authors, 12 by female authors, and two by male and female collaborators.

The publisher said that of the last 100 submissions it received in both fiction and non-fiction, 33 were from female authors and 66 were from male authors.

The Women in Print campaign is a response to the figures, with Unbound hoping to encourage more book submissions by female authors during November.

Editors will then choose the three best female writers to begin crowdfunding in the New Year.

Unbound will raise awareness of the campaign by using the hashtag #womeninprint on Twitter.

Among the 11 books by female authors in the crowdfunding stages on the Unbound platform currently are a debut novel from documentary filmmaker Liz Friend, a mid-life survival guide from broadcaster and comedian Liz Fraser, and a tale of stillbirth and surrogacy from author and playwright Alice Jolly. 

Unbound will release four new books from female writers for crowdfunding this November.