Thursday, March 13, 2014
A Swoon-worthy Author Story
Feiwel & Friends (which itself in an imprint of Macmillan) recently launched a new imprint for YA romance called Swoon Reads. Unlike most publishers, where the editors receive submissions directly, Swoon Reads receives its submissions via the internet, and they're all posted LIVE for regular people like you and me to read and comment on!
And what better way to find the next great YA romance of the digital age than through crowdsourcing both the novel and the comments/critiques? The imprint's first published title, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, was selected through just that process. Even more exciting (well, for me, at least) is that Sandy is a YA librarian from New Jersey, and she also got her MLIS at Rutgers! Most exciting for her, of course, is that she's now inked a deal for the 100,000 copies of the book (that's best-seller status) to be published in August. And was interviewed for NPR!
Here's the publisher blurb for A Little Something Different:
The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints. The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.
Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.
But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. You'll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in this quirky, completely original novel, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!
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