Amazon announced this morning that the transparent creator Jill Soloway will be the editor in general of her most recent imprint. TOPPLE Books, according to a press release, will mainly publish non-fiction narrative and fiction by writers who identify themselves as women of color, non-conforming gender, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer.
TOPPLE is also the name of Soloway's production company, and the launch frames the publishing press as an extension of that project. "We live in a complicated and messy world where every day we have to focus our own experiences proactively in defiance of privilege, with TOPPLE Books, we are looking for those undeniably attractive essential voices that are often not heard," Soloway said in a statement. "I can not think of a more perfect collaborator than Amazon Publishing to make our dream of a revolutionary publishing publication a reality."
"We live in a complicated and messy world where every day we have to focus our own experiences proactively"
Soloway is best known for co-writing several seasons of HBO's Six Feet Under, creating Amazon's Transparent and directing the pilot of Amazon's briefly lived adaptation of Chris Kraus's iconic feminist text, I Love Dick. They also wrote an erotic novel called Jodi K., published as part of an anthology in 2005, and a memoir titled Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants, published that same year.
Launched in 2009, Amazon Publishing currently consists of 15 printers; the most recent is Amazon Originals, which publishes exclusively short and nonfiction works of between 5,000 and 20,000 words.