Expert Global Pop-Culture & Publishing Strategist to Help Grow Your Business
I help companies grow their business
Business development and connections
New products and markets
Mergers and acquisitions
Distribution and events strategy
Help you make money, save money and save time
Kuo-Yu Liang 梁國瑜 (he/him)
An expert global pop culture and publishing strategist.
After a career at Diamond Comics, ReedPOP and Penguin Random House, in 2021 Ku launched his own company.
Who is Ku:
Launched Diamond Book Distributors to sell books, collectibles, games, graphic novels & manga in 71 countries.
As Associate Publisher at Del Rey published Terry Brooks, Star Wars, Anne McCaffrey and JRR Tolkien.
Acquired publishing rights to Doctor Who, Garfield, Halo and Major League Baseball for Ballantine Books.
Brought in new clients for New York Comic Con, Comic Con Seoul. Comic Con Africa and BookExpo.
Serving on the non-profit Book Industry Charitable Foundation board supporting book & comic store employees, GeekGrilCon empowering women and girls to pursue their passions, and Reading With Pictures promoting literacy through comics & manga.
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, Korea, Japan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. Ku has seen the elephant.
Contact me: email@example.com
Client Success Stories
Mergers & Acquisitions
Co-agent on selling a publisher
Advised publisher on investing in a start-up
Advised event organizer buying assets
Advised publisher on selling assets
Distribution & Events
Signed two publishers to distributors
Managed a manga publisher's transition to new distributor
Signed puzzles company to distributor
Managed launch publicity strategy for event company
Signed new exhibitors and advertisers for event company
Recruited salesperson for event company
Created strategy for distributor to enter new market
Recruited publicist for publisher
Created strategy for media company to expand into library market
Created strategy for publisher to produce NFTs
Created strategy for publisher to sell direct to consumers
Setup deal for publisher to expand print on demand
Expanded Amazon Marketing Services internationally for publisher
Sold overstock for publisher
"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 will be moderating and speaking at WriterFest Nashville in November, 2021.
Ku has been named to the board of directors at Book Industry Charitable Foundation , GeekGirl Con and Reading With Pictures.
Ku will be attending New York Comic Con, Rose City Comic Con and Sharjah International Book Fair in 2021.
Ku was a speaker at Beyond Games 2021, The World Webtoon Forum 2020, The IGDA business development leadership panel 2021, Anime Expo Lite 2021 (as moderator) and Kids Comics Insider 2021.
Ku have been interviewed by CNN, Reuters, Comic Con India Geekly, ICV2, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal.
Ku attended ComicsPRO, ABA Winter Institute, ALA Booklist webinar on graphic novels & manga, GAMA Expo, SLJ Middle Grade Magic and US Book Show in 2021.
Press & Publications:
Comment in Project Anime about the Crunchyroll-Funimation unified anime subscription experience (September, 2021)
Interviewed by Publishers Weekly about the return of in-person comic cons (July, 2021)
Interviewed by Publisher Weekly podcast about Marvel and Penguin Random House entering the comics business together. (April, 2021)
Co-wrote an Op-Ed in Project Anime about the future of pop culture conventions after Covid. (March, 2021)
Written the 2021 Library Journal annual graphic novel & manga preview. (April, 2021)
Interviewed by journalist Rob Salkowitz about Marvel going to Penguin Random House for comic stores distribution. (March, 2021)
''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