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

Book: NOELLE: THE MEAN GIRL (FLYY GIRLS #3) by Ashley Woodfolk ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: March 9, 2021Publisher: Penguin WorkshopISBN-13: 978-0593096086 Position in Bibliography: This is the third book in the FLYY GIRLS series and Ashley Woodfolk’s fifth young adult novel. Numbered Pages: 142Chapters: 15Word Count: Approx. 18,000 words Cover Illustration:Continue Reading

Book: THAT WAY MADNESS LIES: 15 OF SHAKESPEARE’S MOST NOTABLE WORKS REIMAGINED Edited by Dahlia Adler ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: March 16, 2021Publisher: Flatiron BooksISBN-13: 978-1250753861 Numbered Pages: 321Short Stories: There are 15 Short Stories Total, 4 of Which Are Written by Authors in the Melanin in YA Database Design: DevanContinue Reading

Book: MUTED by Tami Charles ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: February 2, 2021Publisher: Scholastic PressISBN-13: 978-1338673524 Position in Bibliography: This is Tami’s second young adult novel. Numbered Pages: 383Chapters: 255, (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered), (Part One: Check In, Part Two: Security, Part Three: Takeoff, Part Four: Landing)Word Count: Approx. 41,000 words JacketContinue Reading

Book: HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY by Safia Elhillo ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: March 2, 2021Publisher: Make Me a WorldISBN-13: 978-0593177051 Position in Bibliography: This is not Safia’s first book though this is Safia’s first traditionally published young adult novel. Numbered Pages: 215 PagesChapters: 135 Chapters, (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered), (Prologue:Continue Reading

Book: CHLORINE SKY by Mahogany L. Browne ____________________________________________________________ Release Date: January 12, 2021Publisher: Crown Books for Young ReadersISBN-13: 978-0593176399 Position in Bibliography: Debut Novel, Standalone Novel Numbered Pages: 178Chapters: 98 (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered)Word Count: Approx. 17,000 words Cover Art: Kgabo “Saint Rose” MametjaJacket Design: Ray Shappell & Torborg DavernInteriorContinue Reading