We are thrilled to announce that Plympton is joining forces with DailyLit, the oldest and largest digital distributor of daily serialized fiction. Chosen as the #1 book website by the Sunday Times in London, DailyLit has been delivering great books and series in short installments directly to readers’ inboxes since 2006. More than 800,000 readers have received over 50 million installments through DailyLit.
This announcement has special resonance for our Kickstarter backers because Albert Wenger, who is the co-founder of DailyLit along with his wife Susan Danziger, first learned of Plympton when we emailed him to ask him to support Plympton’s Kickstarter campaign. (He came in at $100.)
That email started a months-long discussion which ended with Plympton taking over the operations of DailyLit. Albert and Susan are now investors and advisors to the combined company.
The addition of DailyLit’s worldwide distribution platform gives Plympton’s original fiction wonderful exposure and we have ambitious plans for DailyLit as a platform.
We’re planning to reveal more of our DailyLit plans in March in Austin, where we are one of eight finalists in the SXSW Accelerator startup competition in the entertainment and gaming category. The launch of the new DailyLit features will be timed to coincide with the release of our new titles, as well as our launch parties in New York, Boston, and San Francisco.
Speaking of our our new titles, over the last several months, our editorial team have been busy commissioning new series for Plympton/DailyLit. Upcoming titles will include original fiction by, among others, Rachel Kadish, author of the critically-acclaimed novels From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story; Deni Bechard, whose debut novel Vandal Love won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; Julian Gough, whose second novel Jude in Ireland was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and who has twice been nominated for (and once been awarded) the BBC short story award; and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, who we had long admired for her novels The Effects of Light and Set Me Free, and who came to us through our Kickstarter campaign!
We also remain committed as ever to discovering emerging talent. In fact, Yael will be teaching a class at Grub Street in Boston later this month in order to encourage students to try their hand at serial fiction.
Yael & Jenny (and Jacky and Justin)