New Imprints

New imprints mean new publishing opportunities so I was thrilled to see these two new imprints written up in Publisher’s Weekly.

JY is a new graphic novel imprint that will focus on middle grade readers.  The imprint is named after JuYoun Lee, the deputy publisher of Yen Press,.  JY will launch this fall and will ultimately publish about 12 titles annually.

Lee told PW that she is actively seeking submissions with plans to develop new comics authors.  You can see the entire PW story here.
Even more opportunities come from Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers.  The mission behind the larger company Restless Books is to “give voice to those who don’t have a voice.” The company seeks to remove barriers to cross-cultural communication even now when anti-immigrant sentiment is pervasive. The company has already published book from Cuba, Madagascar, Brazil, Iceland, Malaysia, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Mexico, and Israel.
Why a children’s imprint?  Restless Books feels that if American readers became accustomed to diverse books at a young age, they would be even more accepting of them as adults.  Publisher Ilan Stavans wants to find the right books that will encourage this type of broad reading and has been discussing the topic with Restless Books readers as well as independent bookstores with close ties to the house.
Yonder’s titles will run from picture books to middle grade and YA.  Producing these titles will require developing close ties with translators who will be responsible for maintaining the feel of the original book while also making it accessible to young American readers.
In October, Yonder will release The Wild Book, written by Mexican author Juan Villoro and translated by Lawrence Schimel.  It is a middle grade novel about a boy who stays with his eccentric, book-collecting uncle, who takes him on a quest to find the wild book which has never permitted itself to be read. The book is illustrated by Mexican artist Eko.
For more on this story, see the complete PW write-up here. You can also find out more here at the Restless Books website.