THANK YOU! We did it! Together, we raised over $25,000 to take Melanin in YA to the next level as a new small business. THANK YOU. Thank you to everyone who donated, matched a donation, offered a signed book or critique to your social media followers if they donated, tweeted,Continue Reading

Subscribe: Want the full newsletter? Subscribe on Substack for $5 a month! Melanin in YA News Melanin in YA has reached $20k of its $25k start up fundraising goal! Please share the crowdfund campaign (GoFundMe) and help us get to $25k by Juneteenth! Thank you so much for your support!Continue Reading

Book: EVERY BODY SHINES: SIXTEEN STORIES ABOUT LIVING FABULOUSLY FAT Edited by Cassandra Newbould ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: June 8, 2021Publisher: Bloomsbury YAISBN-13: 978-1547606078 Numbered Pages: 401Short Stories: There are 16 Short Stories Total, 4 of Which Are Written by Authors in the Melanin in YA Database Jacket Illustration: Thaddeus CoatesJacketContinue Reading

Book: ROMAN AND JEWEL by Dana L. Davis ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: January 5, 2021Publisher: Inkyard PressISBN-13: 978-1335070623 Position in Bibliography: This is Dana L. Davis’s third novel. Numbered Pages: 326Chapters: 25Word Count: Approx. 83,000 words Cover Illustration: Robert BallArt Direction: Erin CraigCover Design: Elita Sidiropoulou Audiobook Run Time: 10 hoursContinue Reading

Book: INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING by Nicola Yoon ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: June 1, 2021Publisher: Delacorte PressISBN-13: 978-1524718961 Position in Bibliography: This is Nicola Yoon’s third novel. Numbered Pages: 289Chapters: 60Word Count: Approx. 61,000 words Jacket Design: Neil SwaabJacket Lettering: Jyotirmayee Patra Interior Design: Ken CrosslandText Font: 12-point Adobe Garamond Audiobook RunContinue Reading

Subscribe: Want the full newsletter? Subscribe on Substack for $5 a month! Melanin in YA News Do you listen to First Draft Podcast with Sarah Enni? When you listen to Episode #305: Camryn Garrett and Episode #306: Nicola Yoon, you’ll discover that these episodes are sponsored by Melanin in YA!Continue Reading

Subscribe: Want the full newsletter? Subscribe on Substack for $5 a month! Melanin in YA News Have you heard?! Melanin in YA is expanding as an LLC! We’re currently crowdfunding for start up costs and I’m asking for your help, whether a financial show of support or simply by sharingContinue Reading

Melanin in YA was founded in response to a culmination of events showcasing the lack of support for the Black community, specifically in the publishing industry, particularly in the YA space.  With an increase in statements from publishers supporting Black Lives and zero follow through reflected in these company practicesContinue Reading

Subscribe: Want the full newsletter? Subscribe on Substack for $5 a month! Book Deals Ayesha Harruna Attah sold North American rights for THE DEEP BLUE BETWEEN coming spring 2022 from Carolrhoda. Rhiannon Richardson sold a deal (world rights) for her contemporary novel, SWEET CHARITY coming spring 2023 from Simon & Schuster.Continue Reading