YPG September BBL: A Teenager with a Book Contract?

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For kids, by kids.  It’s a model explored with varying levels of authenticity in many mediums from television comedy to online journalism, broadcast radio to social media. And it’s taking the world of book publishing by storm.  More and more debut authors under the age 20 are emerging in the young readers marketplace as professional storytellers for their peers.  No longer are established authors writing from memory providing the only stories available at your local book store and library.  Today, teens and tweens are penning their own stories for young readers, drawn directly from their real-time experience as young people and getting major book deals. Is this a passing fad or the beginning of a new revolution in publishing?

Our panelists run the gauntlet from Publicists to Executive Editors, on projects including Grosset & Dunlap’s Just Jake, a New York Times best-selling diary style fiction penned by a twelve-year-old author with representation at Writer’s House, to recent high school graduate, Amy Zhang’s Falling Into Place from Greenwillow Books.

  • Jessica Shoffel, Publicity Manager, Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Virginia Duncan, VP & Publisher, Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • Anica Mrose Rissi, Executive Editor, Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins Publishers
  • Moderator: Karl Jones, Assistant Editor, Grosset & Dunlap

This BBL will take place on Tuesday, September 16th from 12:30-1:30pm at the new HarperCollins offices (195 Broadway, New York, 22nd Floor, Gotham Conference Rooms A & B).  Attendance is limited. Please RSVP HERE to attend.

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