Ku Worldwide

Expert Global Pop-Culture & Publishing Strategist to Help Grow Your Business

Services

I help companies grow their business

Business development and connections

New products and markets

Mergers and acquisitions

Talent recruitment

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: ku@kuworldwide.com

Client Success Stories

At the Webtoon Jakarta office.

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

At New York Comic Con 2019.

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

At Sharjah International Book Fair 2018.

Business Development

  • 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"

Amos Tversky

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.

News

  • 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