Founded by acclaimed publishing executive Molly Stern, Zando is an independent publisher that offers a new model to connect inspiring authors to the audiences they deserve—and helps readers find new books to love. We work with a select group of beloved public figures, platforms and institutions, publishing a carefully chosen slate of books that reflect those partners’ authentic passions and interests. The goal: Sparking meaningful cultural conversations, reaching a devoted new audience of readers ... and upending the bestseller list.
Zando’s founder and leader is Molly Stern. Stern previously led Penguin Random House’s Crown as SVP & Publisher. At Crown, she launched Hogarth, a literary imprint conceived in collaboration with Chatto in the UK which launched the bestselling, prize-winning work of Sally Rooney, Anthony Marra, Han Kang, and Herman Koch in the US. In partnership with actor and entrepreneur Sarah Jessica Parker, Stern launched the SJP for Hogarth imprint. Over the course of her career, Stern has published numerous literary prize-winners, including winners of the Pulitzer in fiction and non-fiction, as well as genre-defining bestsellers such as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One, and Andy Weir’s The Martian. She was also the editor of Michelle Obama’s Becoming, the best-selling memoir of all time.
Alexander Czik oversees operations and growth at Zando. Alex first met Molly Stern at Crown Publishing Group, where Alex led metadata, pricing, and promotion initiatives. He has since received an MBA from Columbia Business School, with a focus on finance and media, and worked on strategy and M&A at Macmillan/Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
Zando is backed by an independent studio that shares its values: SISTER, which was founded in 2019 by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider, and Jane Featherstone to support visionary storytelling.
Molly Stern, the former publisher of Crown, is starting Zando, an independent publishing company. “What I really wanted to do was tend to my own obsessions and figure out how to do it independently,” she said.
Former Crown publisher Molly Stern has returned to book publishing as the founder of Zando, an independent publisher that will develop its own list as well as partner with “influential people, platforms and institutions to acquire and publish new titles under their own imprints.”