In the past five years, more than a dozen new imprints devoted to publishing novels for young adults have opened shop. Some are casting a
wide net, with books that span a variety of genres; others are trying to carve a space for themselves in a very specific niche. We asked each
publisher to tell us about their focus, and let them brag about the book that’s had the most success to date.
necessarily have a happy ending.
Brag book: The Toronto-based imprint’s ;rst release, The Door in the
Mountain by Caitlin Sweet, will publish in the U.S. in November.
Launched: 2012 | Titles per year: 12–14
Focus: A millennial vision of classic YA novels:
deeply emotional stories about ordinary kids caught in
extraordinary circumstances, coming of age in a
complex contemporary world.
Brag book: The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab generated buzz from teen readers and was named
a YALSA Quick Pick.
Launched: 2009 | Titles per year: 35–45 (includes
originals, reprints and digital-;rst titles)
Focus: Commercial YA ;ction across all genres.
Brag book: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, an
international bestseller, has been sold into 21 countries.
IG PUBLISHING/LIZZIE SKURNICK
Launched: 2013 | Titles per year: 12–14
Focus: Reissues of YA classics from decades past, and
new works by the authors of popular 1970s and 1980s
Brag book: The November publication of the
imprint’s ;rst original release, Isabel’s War, launches a
trilogy by the late Lila Perl, author of Fat Glenda
Launched: 2012 | Titles per year: 26–32
Focus: “Speculative ;ction where nothing is as it
Brag book: The N.C.-based imprint’s bestselling title
to date is Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.
POISONED PEN PRESS/POISONED PENCIL
Launched: 2014 | Titles per year: 4–6
Focus: Edgy mysteries and complex stories that
capture “the vibrant teen cocktail of
superior wisdom, immediate need, and
sometimes hidden honesty,” according to
editor Ellen Larson.
Smells Like Teen Imprint
AKASHIC/BLACK SHEEP BOOKS
Launched: 2014 | Titles per year: 2–4
Focus: Well-written stories with engaging, realistic,
and diverse characters that young adults (and adults!)
can relate to.
Brag books: Two of their ;rst three releases, Changers
Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Coo-per, and Game World by C.J. Farley, have nearly sold
through their ;rst printings.
Launched: 2013 | Titles per year: 40–50
Focus: Engaging stories for teens and adult crossover
readers from diverse genres including contemporary,
fantasy, and romance.
Brag book: Susan Ee’s Penryn & the End of Days
series (Angelfall; World After) has generated more than
3,000 Amazon customer reviews.
Launched: 2014 | Titles per year: 10–12
Focus: A wide variety of genres and formats: graphic
novels, westerns, romance, illustrated memoir, historical
;ction, realistic ;ction, science ;ction and non;ction,
including how-to. The imprint name was chosen to
evoke the ever-changing interests of YA readers, as
well as the notion of introducing teens to new ideas.
Brag book: Lois Lane: Fallout (May 2015) by Gwenda
Bond, a novel that imagines Superman’s romantic
interest during her high school days as a teenage
sleuth, is generating strong pre-publication buzz.
Launched: 2010 | Titles per year: 8–12
Focus: Distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing
;ction for teens and their sympathizers.
Brag book: No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux
Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, won the
2012 Boston Globe Honor Book Award for ;ction
and was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Launched: 2014 | Titles per year: 3–4
Focus: Dark, literary genre ;ction, that
includes science ;ction, fantasy, magical
realism, and horror; stories that don’t