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Event recaps, helpful tips, and other articles contributed by YPG members.

Publishing Profile: Rakesh Satyal, Senior Editor at Atria Books

Publishing Profile: Rakesh Satyal, Senior Editor at Atria Books
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In publishing, editors and authors can seem like they belong to two separate worlds, but some people, like Rakesh Satyal, bridge that gap with grace and success. Satyal is perhaps best known for his Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, Blue Boy. He released a new novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name, this May. Satyal...
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Forever Young (To Publishing)

Forever Young (To Publishing)
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After five years on the YPG planning committee and two and a half years as your Chair, it’s time to hang my hat up. It’s been a wild ride, and it feels fitting to step down as I begin a new job as Production Manager at Simon & Schuster. But first, I thought I’d...
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BBL Recap: VIDA and Diverse Voices

BBL Recap: VIDA and Diverse Voices
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On Monday, March 27, YPG members convened at Penguin Random House for an intimate Brown Bag Lunch conversation around the ever-important issue of inclusivity in publishing. Sharon Watson, copyright assistant at Penguin Young Readers Group, moderated a discussion with Lynn Melnick and Camille Rankine, who are VIDA executive board members and published authors. VIDA...
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Dear YPG: Should I be worried if I am not doing the same things as other new assistants?

Dear YPG: Should I be worried if I am not doing the same things as other new assistants?
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Are you secretly still not sure about the difference between an ARC and a galley? Do you cringe at the thought of someone asking you what a kit mailing entails? Are you curious about how a sales call actually works, but too afraid to ask? Have no fear—Dear YPG is here! Like your older...
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Dear YPG: How do you survive in NYC on a publishing salary?

Dear YPG: How do you survive in NYC on a publishing salary?
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Are you secretly still not sure about the difference between an ARC and a galley? Do you cringe at the thought of someone asking you what a kit mailing entails? Are you curious about how a sales call actually works, but too afraid to ask? Have no fear—Dear YPG is here! Like your older...
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Panel Recap: Foreign Rights 101

Panel Recap: Foreign Rights 101
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On November 16, 2016, a group of approximately 20 YPG members gathered for a Brown Bag Lunch at Random House for the first installment of the Subsidiary Rights 101 series, focusing on foreign rights. The panelists included Tawanna Sullivan, Associate Director of Foreign Subrights (Penguin Random House), Abigail Koons, Literary Agent and Executive Director...
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YPG Cares: Gift Wrap Party

YPG Cares: Gift Wrap Party
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On the evening of December 8th, the New York City chapter of our fellow publishing the WNBA came together with members of Young to Publishing Group at the AAP offices to wrap books to be donated to homeless families in upstate New York. A team of twenty, including nine WNBA-NYC members, went through ten rolls...
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No Censors or Book Banning Here: Judy Platt’s Remarks at the 2016 YPG Conference

No Censors or Book Banning Here: Judy Platt’s Remarks at the 2016 YPG Conference
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This speech was delivered by Judith Platt, AAP’s Director of Free Expression Advocacy, at the 2016 YPG Conference. The First Amendment makes us  the freest nation on the face of the earth!  I don’t mean just the  45 words contained in the Bill of Rights.  When we say that the First Amendment protects freedom...
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Poetry Connects Us In Troubling Times: Why Poets Write and What We Can Do to Support Them

Poetry Connects Us In Troubling Times: Why Poets Write and What We Can Do to Support Them

Poetry has a pulse, a transformative power. It embodies rather than dictates, prefers to examine instead of observe. It waits to be cracked open and enjoyed. There is little poetry cannot do, no topic it won’t address. It is bold, innovative, insightful. It is raw, truthful, revealing. We need it now, more than ever. The...
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Diversify Your Shelves: Diverse Book Awards

Diversify Your Shelves: Diverse Book Awards
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While diversity in publishing has been at the center of conversations in the industry as of late, we still have more work to do to achieve it. As Marlon James, author of the Booker-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, noted in a recent essay, “Maybe we will stop failing so badly at true...
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