Two Years on and Going Strong!

Hello all, we can’t quite believe that it has been a whole TWO years since we sprung up out of the ground and into the digital stratosphere… and what an amazing two years it has been.

Aria has published over one hundred books and sold more than two million units in this time – quite an achievement, if we do say so ourselves! 

In case any of you aren’t quite sure on all the particulars of us… we are Aria, a dynamic digital-first fiction imprint from award-winning independent publishers Head of Zeus. At heart, we’re avid readers committed to publishing exactly the kind of books we love to read — from romance and sagas to crime, thrillers and historical adventures.

And so, to celebrate this great achievement, we just want to take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come, and especially thank all the people that have helped us!

Firstly, we are all SO proud of our amazing authors — we honestly have the kindest, most supportive group, and we’re so lucky to work with all of them.
We have also been overwhelmed and awed by the amazing response from everyone in our reading and reviewing community. Thank you for all the love!

I’ve also gathered some thoughts from our fantastic team…

Caroline Ridding, Publisher: 'When we first started Aria, my ambition was to discover and publish tomorrow’s writing stars with the help of Aria Addicts keen to discover new exciting authors… well I think that has definitely happened. It’s fantastic to see how much our community has grown, and the great response from all our Aria Addicts. We will keep growing and publishing fantastic addictive fiction for all readers!'

Sarah Ritherdon, Editorial Director: ‘What an exciting two years it’s been, and how fast it’s flown by. There are too many stand out moments to choose from, but as always the best bits are around discovering new authors and making their dreams come true. It was a huge milestone to get to over 2 million eBooks sold, and our first number 1 was a wonderful moment too, but I know there are many more of those to come, so here’s to the future!'

Lucy Gilmour, Editorial Director: 'It's the extraordinary Aria authors that wow and inspire me — and make me one of the lucky few who can say in all honesty that I truly love my job. Our Aria authors are both at the top of their game creatively and also at the forefront of inclusivity and supporting one another. A dream team indeed!'

Nikky Ward, Digital Sales Manager: 'Working for Aria is so exciting as a digital sales manager… the digital landscape of the book world is constantly changing and can be hard to keep up with on your own but Aria makes the job so easy with  supportive colleagues and such proactive authors. And let’s not forget we are taking on the world from our small corner of Clerkenwell, seeing our authors top charts across the pond in the USA or down under in Australia really makes my day. It’s fantastic to be part of a team that is so dynamic and making the most of great new opportunities in the market across the globe!'

And what are my feelings? Well, it’s been amazing to work alongside such creative colleagues, exciting authors, and wonderful bloggers and reviewers. I am keen to grow our community as far and wide as we possibly can! 

So if you’re an author, a blogger, reviewer, or just a lover of all things fiction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We’d love to hear from you.


Melanie x