A strange fact of the current publishing market is that teenagers on the whole are considered reluctant to embrace ebooks. Much more reluctant than adults. A number of digital first publishers that tried having a line for teenagers have closed that line and no longer accept young adult fiction. Samhain stopped accepting Young Adult Fiction. The Wild Rose Press closed their “Climbing Rose” young adult line. Harlequin’s Digital first imprint Carina takes almost every kind of romance BUT Young Adult Romance.
(These bookcovers are for illustrative purposes only and do not indicate that the authors are clients of the aforementioned agents.)
So I’ll start with a couple of agents and then look at which digital first lines ARE still open to Young Adult Fiction.
Francis Collin accepts queries for YA. This agency prefers Young Adult Fiction, literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and travel narratives. They accept email queries as long as there are no attachments. http://www.francescollin.com/
Why would Lisa Whitefern recommend Book Ends Literary Agency? This is another agency with a solid reputation and I met one of their agents (Jessica Faust) at a Romance Writers of New Zealand conference and she was extremely professional in every way.
Kim Lionetti has extensive experience in editing as she was formerly Senior Editor at Berkley Publishing for eight years before joining bookends
In Digital First Publishing the up and coming digital first publisher Entangled is looking for Young Adult Fiction.
Entangled appears to have a growing reputation among authors interested in digital first publishing. Some of their adult contemporary novels are best sellers on Amazon. While I must be honest and say I have heard some complaints from authors about Entangled (editors quitting suddenly and leaving them in the lurch) many other authors are happy and Entangled seems to have developed a surprisingly good reputation in a small amount of time
Entangled Teen is described as a high-concept, engaging line of books geared to the Young Adult audience. Thanks to a more traditional editorial calendar of twelve to eighteen months between acquisition and publication, Entangled Teen will be distributed by Publisher’s Group West, one of the largest print distributors in the world. Emphasis is placed on shelving Entangled Teen titles in brick and mortar stores in an effort to maximize visibility and availability to the target audience.
Royalty rates for Entangled Teen are 20% of cover for digital, and 9% of cover for print.
Entangled Teen is seeking
- Upper YA (16-21 year old protags) that will appeal to crossover audiences
- Younger YA/MG (13-15 year old protags) that will appeal to crossover audiences
- YA novels should be 50k to 100k words in length.
I’ve said before that I am quite unsure how these new Digital First lines created by the BIG publishers will do in terms of sales but one hopes the Harlequin name might sell ebook Teen Romance to teenage girls.
As far as Young Adult Fiction goes Harlequin is most interested in your Teen Romance but may also take on other good quality fiction geared at Young Adults.
For Harlequin Teen print imprint most people still need an agent.
Harlequin Escape —– Harlequin’s really getting into that Digital First Market
If you’re an Australian or a New Zealander or perhaps even in a country nearby us you might be interested in Harlequin Escape especially if you have a teen romance set in Australia or another country around this part of the globe.
They don’t appear to have a strong focus on YA, but I believe if you sent them a great YA New Zealand or Australian romance they’d be keen since they take all heat levels of romance including sweet, and are really really keen to acquire Australian set romances in particular.
The fact remains that the majority of the top digital first publishers are still rejecting YA however a February Publishers’ Weekly article denies teens are still reluctant to embrace YA so perhaps we will see a change in this soon.
I also found this nice site for writers who love YA.YAtopia
To read the blurb and an excerpt from my sexy paranormal menage Samhain Publishing click here http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wicked-wonderland-p-7081.html