Expert Global Pop Culture & Publishing Business Development
Get Ku on your team as a partner to grow your business, make introductions and deliver strategy to help you make money, save money and save time.
Kuo-Yu Liang 梁國瑜 (he/him)
An expert global pop culture and publishing business developer.
After a career at Diamond Comics, ReedPOP and Random House, in 2021 Ku launched his own company and taking his passion for pop-culture to help companies and creators worldwide.
Who is Ku:
Launched Diamond Book Distributors to service Amazon, bookstore, comic shop, library & school in 71 countries.
Was Associate Publisher at Del Rey.
Partnered with brands Doctor Who, Garfield, Halo..
Worked on events BookExpo, New York Comic Con, Singapore Comic Con.
Collaborated with publishers Dark Horse, Paizo, VIZ Media.
Serving on the non-profit Book Industry Charitable Foundation board supporting book & comic store employees.
Advisor to Shelf Awareness and The Sharjah International Book Fair.
Previously served as advisors on the Bertelsmann Synergy Board, Lucasfilm Licensing and ReedPOP Global Strategy Group.
Have worked in a bookstore, sold video games, led an ebook team. Have done business in Australia, England, Japan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. Ku has seen the elephant.
Contact me: email@example.com
Help you select, negotiate and manage distribution in North America and the UK.
Work with you to strategize and operate at book fairs, consumer conventions and trade shows.
Sales & Business Development
Partner with you to understand the market, make introductions, and seek out business opportunities.
"A part of good science is to see what everyone else can see but think what no one else has ever said"
Business Development Leadership panel for the International Game Developers Association
Watch me on the International Game Developers Association leadership in business development panel, and interviewed by CNN about the 2018 Comic Con Africa launch.
Ku has been named to the board at the Book Industry Charitable Foundation
Ku recently attended ComicsPRO, ABA Winter Institute, ALA Booklist webinar on graphic novels & manga, GAMA Expo, SLJ Middle Grade Magic, and The intersection of publishing + library collections webinar hosted by Bibliotheca.
Press & Publications:
Interviewed by Publisher Weekly podcast about Marvel and Penguin Random House entering the comics business together.
Co-wrote an Op-Ed in Project Anime about the future of pop culture conventions after Covid.
Written the 2021 Library Journal annual graphic novel & manga preview.
Interviewed by journalist Rob Salkowitz about Marvel going to Penguin Random House for comic stores distribution.
''Kuo-Yu is perhaps the most connected, respected, and strategic thinker I've ever met in the pop culture space. He knows and appreciates how the markets operate at a global level, and can piece it all together with a perspective that is unrivaled.
Most importantly though – he truly, genuinely cares about people that work in this industry and wants folks to succeed, and will move mountains to help others.''
– Guy ''Yug'' Blomberg, Founder, Game Industry Gathering