Algonquin Young Readers Debut in 2013

Do you have a middle grade novel or young adult novel to market?  Then you might want to take a look at Algonquin Young Readers.

This line was started by long time HarperCollins Children’s Book editor Elise Howard who left  HarperCollins in October 2011 to start this new line at Algonquin Books, a small press based in North Carolina.

Howard, editor and publisher of Algonquin Young Readers, is looking for “character- and voice-driven stories.”  Her goal is to release 15 books/season their third year.  They are launching this fall with two YA and three middle-grade books to be followed in the spring of 2014 with a similar list.

The titles in the first list are:

  • The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick.  A middle-grade fantasy about a boy who rips the space-time continuum.
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan.  A young adult about Sahar, an Iranian teen in love with another girl.
  • Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seaman.  A YA about teens in hospice care.
  • The Show Must Go On! by sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise.  This is the first of three  Three-Ring Rascals books for newly independent readers.
  • Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Valerie Martin and, her niece, Lisa Martin.  Another middle grade title.

I was encouraged that not all of these authors are big names like the Klise sisters with their long running collaboration in children’s books.    Herrick, Seaman, and Valerie Martin have experience but in writing for adults.  Lisa Martin is an educator and poet.  Farizan is a debut author.

If you plant to submit, target your work well and send only your best because they report receiving a large number of submissions.

The publisher doesn’t take unsolicited manuscripts, either by post or electronically, but they do welcome queries.  In your query include a no more than 15-20 double-spaced page sample of your work, a cover letter, and a SASE.  Mail to:  Editorial Department, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, P.O. Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC, 27515.

Good luck!


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