Familius, founded in 2012, began with a mission to help families be happy. This mission is executed by publishing books for the entire family, from the youngest to the oldest. Each of the books published by Familius falls under one or more of Familius’ 10 Habits of Happy Families: eat together, give together, heal together, laugh together, learn together, love together, play together, read together, talk together, and work together. That’s why it’s not surprising to find a picture book, a book about courageous people around the world, and a book about co-parenting for divorced dads from this publisher. Recently, Christopher Robbins, CEO and co-founder, spoke to us about Familius and how it presents a unique opportunity for creators who want to be a part of this great endeavor. Who doesn’t want to help bring about family happiness!
Tell us about Familius’ place in the world of children’s publishing.
Christopher: Familius focuses on creating beautiful, artistic children’s books that align with our mission to help families be happy. We work to not focus on a title’s commercial value but on its artistic value and its ability to help a family in some way. We believe if we do that and position the book for a defined market, the book will succeed.
How many books does Familius acquire each year, and what is the process?
Christopher: Familius publishes on average 60 books a year, and acquisitions average the same number as we work to acquire two years out. Submissions are sent to email@example.com, and those submissions that include competitive analysis, as well as a strong author platform, are appreciated. Familius first looks to see if the book aligns with our mission and company values and then explores the market potential and author platform to complement our own work in marketing and sales. As Familius receives thousands of submissions annually, we only respond to those submissions for which we are considering acquisition.
In your opinion, what advantages do small publishing houses provide an author or illustrator?
Christopher: I can’t speak for other houses, but Familius, as a boutique publisher, encourages author and illustrator collaboration with the company. They become part of the overall development team as we work to create the best book possible. Further, those responsible for company decisions are on the frontlines working to help the company be good stewards of an author and illustrator’s content.
What hopes do you have for the future of children’s publishing?
Christopher: Familius hopes that children’s publishing can lead out in helping children embrace a diverse and inclusive world. Rather than look at people as others, we hope that children’s books help educate children and parents to the tremendous possibilities of learning from others and expanding our lives with additional experiences. We also hope that children’s publishing continues to take advantage of technology advances to provide more and more mediums for book discoverability and reader experiences.