Watkins Media will launch its new Repeater imprint in January with Lean Out by Dawn Foster.
Repeater Books was founded by the team behind Zero Books following disagreements with Zero’s parent company, John Hunt Publishing.
Former founder and publisher of Zero Books, Tariq Goddard, founded Repeater after leaving Zero last November due to “a long standing antagonism with the ownership of John Hunt Publishing.” Founders Mark Fisher and Matteo Mandarini, editor Alex Niven and publicist Tamar Shlaim also left the company to set up Repeater.
US entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld, owner and m.d. of Watkins and Nourish, funded the Repeater imprint after his offer to buy Zero Books was turned down by John Hunt Publishing, Goddard told The Bookseller.
He added: “Etan Ilfeld was a majority shareholder in my last imprint, Zero Books. When his offer to buy that was turned down by the parent company (John Hunt Publishing), I left with my team to begin Repeater as part of the Watkins Media group.”
He added: "It is inspiring and reassuring to be supported by an individual and company willing to trust the judgement of an enthusiast and a team of publishing outsiders”.
Repeater’s new list will launch in January with Lean Out by Dawn Foster, a book that looks at the rise of a corporate "1% feminism", and The Isle of Minimus by M K L Murphy, a book that tells of a disgraced entertainer who, after years in isolation, emerges to lead a violent revolt in the streets of Las Vegas.
Ilfeld acquired imprints Watkins, Nourish and Angry Robot from Osprey Publishing Group late last year.
Watkins Media has also recently purchased Cygnus Book Club.