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Old 05-13-2008, 10:07 AM
 
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Hello. I have been doing research on the net for publishers who accept young adult books. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:27 PM
 
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not sure about the net, but you should get a copy of the 2008 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market since this book offers the names and contact information of various publishers that take children's and YA stories (note: YA is often a subdivision of the children's lit. market, so it will be very, very hard to find publishers that deal only with YA, esp. since "YA" isn't well defined).

a note about that book: try to get the most recent copy available. it may mean having to rebuy the book every year/other year, but it's necessary since some of the editors or publishers listed one year may not be around next year (or they no longer handle manuscripts). you can check out older copies from most libraries just to get the idea of the companies out there, but the contact info and submission guidelines will likely be outdated

also, YA is tricky. depending on the genre, you may have more luck toning down the material and shopping it around to children's markets, or hype it up a bit and seek out adult markets. it's a fine line to straddle (some people may reject you for being too adult, some for not being adult enough). seems like the trend in YA right now is ok w/ violence, sex, and drugs to a certain degree

another way to find publishers is to check out a YA book they you really like and/or most closely resembles the story you're writing and find out who publish that book and see if they take submissions (most of the big names may not take unsolicited submissions, so you may need an agent to get your foot in the door, or be on good speaking terms w/ the editor)
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Old 05-13-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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another way to find publishers is to check out a YA book they you really like and/or most closely resembles the story you're writing and find out who publish that book and see if they take submissions (most of the big names may not take unsolicited submissions, so you may need an agent to get your foot in the door, or be on good speaking terms w/ the editor)
I concur here. Almost all of the big publishers will require an agent. It helps with the smaller guys, too. That's just the reality of the business: buyers would rather not do business with someone inexperienced that doesn't quite get how the biz/contracts/pricing works.

If it was me, I'd find a publisher that consistently puts out stuff you like, that might match up to your manuscript. There are some obvious choices: Scholastic (Harry Potter...), HarperCollins (Warriors series), Little Brown Young Readers (Stephanie Meyers), Hyperion (Rick Riordan)...

Your question really is pretty vague. What kind of research have you been doing that you need our suggestions?
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