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

Spotlights and Sound Bites: Academic Custom Publishing

Spotlights and Sound Bites: Academic Custom Publishing
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Normally when a student picks up their textbook in the shop, there are about five other identical copies directly behind it.  You’re familiar with this scenario, but it isn’t the only version of the start-of-year frenzy for schoolbooks. Due to a group known as the custom publishing department, there can be many variations on...
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Publishing Profiles: Suzie Townsend, Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary & Media

Publishing Profiles: Suzie Townsend, Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary & Media
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YPG recently sat down with Suzie Townsend, Literary Agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. to talk about her start in the industry, what she’s learned since then, and how she’s been a part of shaping the New Adult genre. YPG: How did you begin your career? Did you know you wanted to...
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November’s BBL: Smart, Strong, and Funny? Yes Please!

November’s BBL: Smart, Strong, and Funny? Yes Please!
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On Friday, November 21st, 2014, YPG members met in HarperCollins’ still relatively new downtown office to celebrate girl power. Okay, so November’s Brown Bag Lunch wasn’t technically related to the Spice Girls’ feminist mantra, but it was related: the panel was called “Smart, Strong, and Funny? Yes Please!” and we were there to discuss...
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Publishing Profiles: Kate Napolitano, Editor at Plume

Publishing Profiles: Kate Napolitano, Editor at Plume
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YPG’s Marisa Novello recently spoke with Kate Napolitano, Editor at Plume (an imprint of Penguin Random House), about her path to publishing and her experiences as an editor. Tell us about your path into publishing. How did you get your start? Like a lot of us in publishing, I was a lit major as...
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Dispatches from the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

Dispatches from the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair
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The Frankfurt Book Fair is more than a gathering of industry professionals from around the globe; it’s a miniature technological and cultural ecosystem complete with 8 giant halls of booths, attendees from international publishers and literary agents to digital platforms and international bookstores/distributors, and even a book fair app. Not to mention the thousands...
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Teens Writing Teens: September’s BBL on Teenagers with Book Contracts

Teens Writing Teens: September’s BBL on Teenagers with Book Contracts
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The Outsiders, first published in in 1967, began a genre of books for and about teenagers—and it was written by one, too. S.E. Hinton wrote her bleeding-edge coming-of-age novel as a fifteen- and sixteen-year-old high school student. Nowadays young adult literature is still defined by that acutely teenaged voice, and it seems teen and...
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Literary Landmarks: Edgar Allan Poe’s Cottage

Literary Landmarks: Edgar Allan Poe’s Cottage
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Literary Landmarks is a series that invites YPGers to visit a place of literary significance in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, or San Francisco. A few things come to mind when thinking of Edgar Allan Poe: poetry, “The Raven,” mystery, beating hearts under floorboards… but the Bronx? And yet it’s true. Add it to...
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Meet This Year’s Frankfurt Fellow: Erica Finkel

Meet This Year’s Frankfurt Fellow: Erica Finkel
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Many young publishing professionals dream of one day attending the legendary Frankfurter Buchmesse—the Frankfurt Book Fair. So a fellowship program that not only includes access to the fair, but also a week-long trip around Germany to network with and learn from German publishing professionals (with most expenses paid) might sound too good to be...
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Words of Wisdom from the 2014 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference

Words of Wisdom from the 2014 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference
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The 2014 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference, hosted by Slice magazine, was targeted at unpublished writers. Over two days (Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th), panels featuring successful authors, agents, and publishers set out to demystify the publishing process for the aspiring and the curious. Even for those of us who harbor no desire...
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Literary Landmarks: The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Literary Landmarks: The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
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Literary Landmarks is a series that invites YPGers to visit a place of literary significance in New York City, Boston, or San Francisco. Looking to check out a book? Don’t come to the New York Public Library. At least, not to the building on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. The numerous branches scattered throughout...
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