Welcome to the soft launch for Melanin in YA! This site was created to serve as a resource for all things Black in the Young Adult reading world.
Ultimately, Melanin in YA is a place where you can go to for everything and we mean everything Black in traditional YA publishing.
The directory section of Melanin in YA functions as a space to search authors (by state, coming soon) as well as soon searching books by medium (novels, anthologies, graphic novels) and genre or for specific content such as LGBTQIA representation and disability in YA.
The blog section of Melanin in YA will focus on everything from book deal and movie/TV adaptation news, cover reveals, and excerpts, to new releases, ebook deals, and events. This site will also keep a pulse on starred reviews, conventions, awards, and more.
The goal is for Melanin in YA to be a hub of information. So if there’s something you’d like to see on this site, send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you are an author and would like to add details to your profile, such as the types of presentations that you offer, if you narrated your own audiobook, etc…, send an email to email@example.com.
As far as author profiles in the directory go, compiling as much information as possible is the goal. There is a plan to add book covers (with artist credit), genres, and sort books by series if applicable as well as adding buy links (including links where readers can order signed books from the author’s local indie bookstore). If there’s something that you’d like to see on the profile pages, send an email with a suggestion.
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Please note that Melanin in YA is run by one person, so all of these updates will take time. I appreciate your patience and I am so excited to uplift my community with this directory.
In order to make the website as functional and reader-friendly as possible, Melanin in YA would like to hire a Black graphic designer. Please consider dropping some support for Melanin in YA on Ko-fi so that this can happen and to recoup the domain and hosting costs of this site. Thank you so much for your support!