Introducing… Shop Melanin in YA

The official launch of Shop Melanin in Y.A. is here! Shop Melanin in Y.A. spreads awareness about the Black young adult (Y.A.) literature space. We create wearable merchandise as well as merchandise that readers, writers and industry professionals can easily gift their loved ones to introduce them to the Melanin in YA brand. By introducing people…Continue Reading

Introducing the Melanin in YA Subscription Box!

Melanin in YA is thrilled to announce the launch of the Melanin in YA Subscription Box! What’s inside each book box? 1 Hardcover YA Book written by a Black author 1 Backlist YA Book (typically a paperback copy) written by a Black author 2 Swag Products from Black Owned Businesses What’s inside the Inaugural June…Continue Reading

Mid-April 2022 News, Deals, Reveals, & More

The Rundown Book DealsForeign RightsAwards/HonorsBuzz – Starred ReviewsGeneral UpdatesPodcastsApril 2022 Joy Book Deals In a very nice deal, Candace Buford sold GOOD AS GOLD, coming summer 2023 from Disney-Hyperion.Lily Meade sold her YA speculative thriller, THE SHADOW SISTER, coming summer 2023 from Sourcefire Books.Keith F. Miller Jr sold the coming-of-age novel, PRITTY and its sequel,…Continue Reading

March Part Two 2022 News, Deals, Reveals, & More

The Rundown Melanin in YA NewsBook DealsCover RevealsAwards/HonorsBuzz – Starred ReviewsGeneral UpdatesPodcastsApril 2022 Book Releases Melanin in YA News Melanin in YA recently appeared on The Waves of YA Podcast. Be sure to give it a listen! Book Deals Dale Walls sold a YA contemporary, THE QUEER GIRL IS GOING TO BE OKAY coming fall…Continue Reading

Book Profile: Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy by Crystal M. Fleming

Book: RISE UP!: HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY by Crystal M. Fleming ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: October 19, 2021Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) ISBN-13: 978-1250226389 Numbered Pages: 176Chapters: 9Word Count: Approx. 64,000 words Jacket Art: Hadil MohammedJacket Design: Liz Dresner Audiobook Run Time: 6 hours and 32 minutes (Unabridged)Audiobook Narrator: Narrated by the…Continue Reading

Mid-March 2022 News, Deals, Reveals, & More

The Rundown Book DealsCover RevealsBestseller ListsAwards/HonorsBuzz – Starred ReviewsGeneral UpdatesPodcastsMarch 2022 Joy Book Deals Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge sold a YA nonfiction book, NEARER MY FREEDOM, coming spring 2023 from Lerner/Zest Books.Brian Wasson sold, at auction, his debut YA romcom, SEVEN MINUTES IN CANDYLAND, coming fall 2023 from Quill Tree.Che Grayson and Illustrator, Taylor Keith sold their YA debut…Continue Reading

Book Profile – And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems by Erica Martin

Book: AND WE RISE: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN POEMS by Erica Martin ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: February 1, 2022Publisher: Viking Books for Young ReadersISBN-13: 978-0593352526 Position in Bibliography: Debut Novel Numbered Pages: 153Chapters: 44 (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered)Word Count: Approx. 14,000 words Jacket Art: Adriana BelletJacket Design: Theresa EvangelistText Font: Freight Audiobook Run Time: 1…Continue Reading

February 2022 Part Two News, Deals, Reveals, & More

The Rundown Book DealsCover RevealsAppearancesAwards/HonorsBuzz – Starred ReviewsGeneral UpdatesPodcastsMarch 2022 Releases Book Deals Bex Glendining sold their debut YA graphic novel, INDIGO PORT, coming spring 2025 from Abrams/Amulet.Myisha Haynes sold two YA graphic novels, HUMANITIES 101 and another untitled, the first coming 2024 from First Second.In a preempt, six-figure, three-book deal, Akure Phénix sold THE…Continue Reading

Mid-February 2022 News, Deals, Reveals, & More

Subscribe: Want the full newsletter? Subscribe on Substack for $5 a month! The Rundown Melanin in YA NewsBook DealsForeign RightsTinseltown – Adaptation NewsCover RevealsBestseller ListsAppearancesAwards/HonorsBuzz – Starred ReviewsGeneral UpdatesPodcastsFebruary 2022 Joy Melanin in YA News Tips given during the free February Brain Pick webinar hosted by Eric Smith and featuring Brittney M. Morris and Mary…Continue Reading


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