Attention YA Readers, Writers, Lovers: Merit Press has Arrived

It’s no secret I am an obsessive YA reader. I write it too. Mostly sweet romance. But I love the drama and deep emotional conflicts in YA. I write that too sometimes with dreams of making young adult readers jump, scream, laugh or swoon. Every time I finish a delish new YA, I’m left craving more of those passionate characters who will die for what is right. The ones whose love starts in their soul and burns through every fiber of them.

YA makes me intensely happy.

I’m always trolling for my next favorite author or series, haunting YA blogs and stalking my librarian. Don’t worry. She knows. I *think*. *slides eyes*

Imagine my thrill to see Adam’s Media announce the new YA imprint Merit Press. As you know, I write sweet romances and have been eyeballing the Crimson Romance line from Adam’s. Then, during my usual lurky rounds, I found Merit. The editor in chief of this new venture is none other than Jacqueline (Jackie) Mitchard. I stole this from the link above: “Jacquelyn Mitchard is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books for young adults and children, as well a longtime journalist who teaches Creative Writing to adults traditional students.” My jaw dropped. This isn’t just an editor with experience and degrees in the industry. This is a woman who lives in the industry. She knows the business. She teaches. This is an new author’s gold mine. I mean, what better way to learn this business than through someone who knows it. Like really knows it.

I could go on about the awesomeness, but I won’t. I’ll let you read up on it for yourself. Merit has five titles ready to go already and At least a dozen titles set for 2013. Merit’s actively building their platform and reach into the world of bookish YA love.

If you have a YA manuscript that fits the Merit vision (read on link above), get it out, dust it off, revise, pray & submit. Opportunities like these don’t come along everyday. They shouldn’t be ignored :)

*Advice form Julie * :P And it comes with a smile :)

4 comments to Attention YA Readers, Writers, Lovers: Merit Press has Arrived

  • Ken Buckley

    I’been struggling with YA stories. I say struggling, because recently I read something that made my endeavors seem hopeless. It was over the timing. For instance, if the story did not take place in the 21st Century – forget it. That’s how one agent evaluated the current market for YA. The story has to be in the 21st Century.

    Unfortunately, I’m not in tune with kids of the 21st Century. What I write is based around my own experiences as a struggling YA, which occurred back in the 40′s. So the “bad boy” story solicitation was wasted on me.

    Is there a market for stories about kids fighting to stay sane and alive during the 40′s, or, is that only for the history books? I know about “The Boy With Striped Pajamas,” and “The Book Thief,” and some other lesser known works, but is there any hope for other stories about kids with overbearing parents, trapped between poverty and war, with seemingly no escape?

  • My experience with agents has led me to conclude that most of them don’t know what they’re talking about. They favor anything that did well the year before. Don’t take my word for it, however. Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series (fabulously successful) told Oprah during an interview, that she had sent her book to 15 agents. Nine of them never responded. Five sent rejections. One–only one–thought she could sell a book that subsequently sold millions of copies, was made into the first movie in a series, etc. Don’t let anything an agent says discourage you. I haven’t, and I’ve published nearly 100 books. (Most of them didn’t require me to pay 15% of my earnings to some agent, incidentally.)

  • Catina Lawrence

    I know that this may not reach Mrs Jacqueline Pritchard but I just read her story about learning to be generous again and can relate in some way or another. I just wanted to tell her thank you. The story brought me to tears because it taught me how to forgive,to pray for those who despitefully use us and it taught how to trust God and how to continue to have a generous heart.

  • Julie Anne Lindsey


    What a beautiful story! Jackie truly is an amazing woman. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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