A few months ago, I launched this Market Spotlight feature on the WritersMarket.com blog. Once a week, I spotlight a certain segment of the market that we list in the Writer’s Market books and on WritersMarket.com. Since we have a How to Write a Young Adult Novel That Can Sell webinar coming up this weekend, let’s look at a few young adult book publishers that accept submissions directly from authors.
Teens can be funny, dramatic, intelligent, angry, curious, and worried all at once, and so can their books. They know exactly when a writer understands them, and when they’re being patronized. Writing a great young adult (YA) novel with a believable voice and captivating plot is difficult, but far from impossible.
Writers will learn what defines a YA novel, who reads YA novels, how to create an authentic teen voice, what makes your opening pages stand out, how to keep the pages turning, and so much more. Plus, all attendees are invited to get a personalized critique from literary agent Carlisle Webber.
Young Adult Book Publishers
People tried to warn me, but I thought my kids would be the exception. However, almost like clockwork, my three teenagers are different than they were as pre-teens. They look different, sound different, act different, and even smell different (like seriously different). And they read different books than they did before they became these people…also known as young adults.
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Chronicle Books publishes 90 titles per year in a variety of genres, including books for adults, children, and young adults. The editors say, “We publish an exciting range of books, stationery, kits, calendars, and novelty formats.” Potential authors should submit query letter, synopsis, and 3 sample chapters.
JourneyForth publishes 8-10 titles per year, including young adult fiction. The editors say, “Our fiction is all based on a Christian worldview.” Potential authors should submit a cover letter describing the project and target audience, biographical information, 5 sample chapters, and a brief synopsis.
Splashing Cow Books publishes 10 titles per year in a variety of genres. In fact, they prefer not to limit which genres, lengths, or formats in which they might publish. The editors say, “We will never reject a book because it doesn’t fit neatly into a marketable genre–in fact, we feel that commercial genres can often be too limiting. Stories lead; genres follow. It shouldn’t be the other way around.” Potential authors should submit via their online submission form.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, blogging at Poetic Asides and the Writer’s Market blog, judging contests, scheduling online writing conferences, and so much more.
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