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: Spark meaningful cultural conversations, reach a devoted new audience of readers... and upend the bestseller list.
Zando’s founder and leader is Molly Stern. Molly 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, Molly launched the SJP for Hogarth imprint. Over the course of her career, Molly has published numerous literary prize-winners, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and nonfiction, 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 finance, operations, and strategy at Zando. Prior to joining Zando, Alex specialized in strategy and M&A at Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishing Group and led metadata, pricing, and promotion initiatives at Crown Publishing Group. Alex holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, with concentrations in Finance & Media.
Emily Bell leads Zando’s editorial team. Prior to joining Zando, Emily spent a decade at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, most recently as an Executive Editor and Director of the paperback original line, FSG Originals. Emily has edited and published best-selling and award-winning fiction and nonfiction, including Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women, Emily Nemens's The Cactus League, and Anna Wiener's Uncanny Valley, selected as a New York Times Best Book of the Year for 2020. Prior to her tenure at FSG, Emily worked at Riverhead Books.
Quynh Do is Zando’s Senior Editor. Prior to joining Zando, she spent eight years at W. W. Norton and two years at Basic Books, specializing in serious nonfiction for a general readership. She has edited and published titles such as Lydia Denworth's Friendship, Hannah Fry's Hello World, Alberto Cairo's How Charts Lie, and Zach St. George's The Journeys of Trees. Quynh has also served as lead nonfiction editor for award-winning literary magazine American Chordata.
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.”