Kat Biggie Press is a small hybrid publisher with a niche in women’s non-fiction, self-help, spiritual, and business books. We hope to make the world a better place by publishing high-quality books that inspire, that are about transformation, self-help, overcoming the odds and doing good from it, teaching the world your knowledge to help someone else along the way, and encouragement.
Purple Butterfly Press, a small press for children’s books, especially those books that follow the same guidelines of books that are encouraging, inspirational, and teach important lessons or help solve a problem, is also under the wings of Kat Biggie Press.
Why KAT BIGGIE Press?
Alexa Bigwarfe, founder and CEO of Kat Biggie Press, didn’t set out to be a publisher. She dreamed of being a writer from the time she started learning how to read. Her career led her to be a technical writer in the military and in Homeland Security, and then she decided to stay home with her two young children.
It was a personal tragedy that led to writing and publishing. Her third pregnancy was with identical twin daughters who became very ill in utero with a disease that impacts identical twins – Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Both babies were born 10 weeks early and very sick. After two days, Kathryn Bigwarfe, passed away in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Her twin sister would spend 12 weeks in the NICU before coming home. Small, but healthy.
Unsure of how to handle all of the many emotions, Alexa took to blogging. She wanted to blog anonymously, so she took the name ‘Kat Biggie’ for Kathryn Bigwarfe. Alexa would go on to publish her first book, a collaborative book for grieving parents, Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. When she published, she created her own imprint for the book, Kat Biggie Press. She fell in love with publishing, went on to write and publish Lose the Cape! Realities for Busy Modern Moms and Strategies to Survive. As she published more books, people began coming to her for help in publishing their own books.
Alexa began shepherding authors through the process and decided she wanted to publish the best of those books under her own imprint, Kat Biggie Press.
As time went on, more and more people came to her looking for advice on children’s books. Knowing that she wanted to learn the process so that she can publish a book for children grieving the loss of a sibling, she decided to create Purple Butterfly Press. The butterfly is her symbol of remembrance for Kathryn, and purple is her favorite color, the color she chose for the twins, and also, the color of the March of Dimes – the premier organization responsible for advances in neonatal care and treatment.
The name of the company carries a heavy weight and legacy – reminding Alexa every day about her commitment to making the world a better place in memory of her daughter, Kathryn.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some FAQs that may help you understand a bit more about how we operate.
- What is a hybrid press? Download the guidelines for a hybrid press, as defined by IBPA HERE. A hybrid press, as defined by IBPA is:”Hybrid publishers behave just like traditional publishers in all respects, except when it comes to business model. Hybrid publishers use an author-subsidized business model, as opposed to financing all costs themselves, and in exchange return a higher-than-industry-standard share of sales proceeds to the author. In other words, a hybrid publisher makes income from a combination of publishing services and book sales.Although hybrid publishing companies are author-subsidized, they are different from other author-subsidized models in that hybrid publishers adhere to professional publishing standards. Regardless of who pays for editorial, design, and production fees, it is always the publisher that bears responsibility for producing, distributing, and ultimately selling professional-quality books.”Essentially, a hybrid press is a partnership model that allows new authors and authors without a platform to still publish their excellent books. Often traditional publishers turn away good books because the author does not have the audience to sell to. However, we believe these books still deserve to be published in a highly professional manner. So, the author takes on some of the risk by paying a fee for services. Beyond that, the hybrid press operates almost identically to a traditional publishing house. Authors are under contract and receive royalties, which are much higher because of the fees for services. Learn about our pricing packages here.
- KBP provides the cover – what say do I have in the cover design?
You are essentially in charge of your cover. Unlike larger houses, unless we know from our expertise in the industry that what you want is a horrible idea, we usually defer to the author’s preference on covers. I’ll definitely provide feedback, but you and Michelle will work together to make the perfect cover. She will work with you to make sure it’s exactly what you want. After speaking with you and getting an idea of what you want, she’ll put together several mockups, but she doesn’t stop until you’re happy (within reason).
- Where do you distribute books?
We distribute our books through : IngramSpark, CreateSpace, Vervante, Kobo, Ibooks, KDP, GooglePlay, Nook – at a baseline. We work with our authors to get books placed into bookstores and libraries. We are constantly working to get into different places, but cannot guarantee that your book will or will not be picked up by other retailers. Ideally, we want to get it every place we can. Local bookstores and libraries are also able to order your book through the IngramSpark catalog.
- Do you do marketing for me? KBP actually does quite a bit more marketing than many other hybrid presses and more than traditional for sure. We will help set up your landing and sales pages, get your social media and blogging efforts underway, and support you through a successful book launch. Our CEO, Alexa Bigwarfe, is also committed to training new authors in book marketing techniques and provides coaching for all of her authors so they are well prepared to market their book.
- How do I get my book into fairs and Expos?
EXPOS and FAIRS. We host a shelf at least 2 book expos a year. We have gone to the NY Book Expo and Chicago Book Expo and are planning on Frankfurt in the future. In 2018 we’ll attend the Digital Book World in Nashville. These are attended by tens of thousands of librarians, local bookstores, distributors, other book companies, and book buyers. Getting into more book fairs and events is on our strategic plan for this year, but if we don’t attend, we send our books through the Independent Book Publishers Association, who provide us with the list of contacts for everyone who visits their booth. We also encourage our authors to find local fairs and expos and register for a table to sell your book. They are all over the place. We’re constantly seeking new opportunities and places to showcase our catalog and authors.
How does KBP pay authors?
The hybrid publishing model is more of a partnership between author and publisher, therefore we do not pay out royalties in the “traditional” publishing sense. Instead, we pay out quarterly earnings. The percentage of book sales earnings you will receive is on net sales. You receive 60% net sales on print and roughly 75-80% ebook (there is an additional small percentage from Ingram on different types of ebook sales.) You will note that in the ebook area in particular, our authors receive way more than traditionally published authors. Authors receive 100% of any profits from sales from their website, at events, or other sales the author makes directly.
Authors will receive quarterly statements and accounts will be kept current. Authors benefit from having a publisher manage their POD and e-book accounts because of all of the many intricacies of managing and distributing their book and management of all of the correct metadata to ensure the book is properly positioned and placed for sales.