Thursday, February 28, 2013

ICYMI: New Acquisitions!


Print and Digital:
Stephanie Gertler’s Jimmy’s Girl (originally published by Dutton)
Allie Duzett’s second YA: Surge Protector

Istoria Books, a boutique publisher of print and digital fiction, is proud to announce the acquisition of digital and print rights to Stephanie Gertler’s acclaimed women’s fiction book Jimmy’s Girl, and to the second young adult novel by Allie Duzett, Surge Protector.

Originally released by Dutton in hardcover in 2001, Gertler’s Jimmy’s Girl tells the poignant story of a Connecticut wife reconnecting with a lost love, now a Vietnam War veteran, 30 years after their teenage romance. “Gertler's first novel is a sweet response to one of life's constant what-if questions,” wrote Booklist of the novel’s original release. Publishers Weekly said: “…an assured debut, themed to situate its author alongside Waller and Sparks…Gertler weaves a winsome morality tale.” Istoria will release Jimmy’s Girl summer 2013.

This fall, Istoria will release Allie Duzett’s second young adult fantasy, Surge Protector, a continuation of her The Body Electric story. In Surge Protector, Colorado teen Lena (Helena) Clark must fight her attraction to new-guy-in-town Zach Zuson or face the wrath of the gods. Zach, meanwhile, confronts several tests of his strength, while both teens discover someone in their friends’ circle isn’t precisely who they thought he was.

Istoria Books is a boutique publisher formed in 2010 by Libby and Hannah Sternberg, both of whom are published authors, along with Matthew Sternberg. Previously a digital-only publisher, Istoria began producing print books in 2012. Istoria publishes only fiction and looks for “good stories, well told,” books where readers want to keep turning the pages and want to hear that author’s voice telling them the story.

Several of Istoria’s releases have appeared on Amazon’s “top 100” lists in the paid category of a particular genre, including Libby Sternberg’s inspirational romance Kit Austen’s Journey, several of Jerri Corgiat’s Love Finds a Home romances, and Gary Alexander’s literary novel Dragon Lady. The first volume of Istoria’s short story collection, Lunch Reads, has appeared in the “top 100” paid anthologies on Amazon.

Istoria Books releases are available on all major ebook e-tailers, most notably Amazon’s Kindle store, and, in addition to others. Print books are distributed through Ingrams.

A humorous piece by Libby Sternberg about the evolution to digital publishing (“From Papyrus to Gutenberg to Kindle”) was published by the Wall Street Journal on January 5, 2011.

Reviewers interested in Istoria Books offerings should contact Libby Sternberg at or

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