Subscribe: Want the full newsletter? Subscribe on Substack for $5 a month! Book Deals Alechia Dow sold a deal for her contemporary fantasy novel, SWEET STAKES coming 2023 from Inkyard Press. Lamar Giles sold his untitled speculative-fiction horror novel in an exclusive submission to Scholastic, coming Fall 2022. Jas Hammonds sold a two-bookContinue Reading

Books can shape history makers. As we head into Black History Month, let’s celebrate the authors writing for today’s readers and tomorrow’s future history makers. Let us amplify their voices so that today’s youth can see and read books with people who look like them as the heroes. Seeing ourselvesContinue Reading

The day has come! Melanin in YA has officially launched! Hooray! What does this mean? This means that this database is 90% complete! The goal was to make the database 100% complete by launch day but we can thank 2020 for the delay! Onward! If you’ve been following Melanin inContinue Reading

While Melanin in YA continues to prepare for the official launch, here’s a quick guide to holiday gift buying including 50 items under $50 from Black owned businesses/creators (plus one item that is currently sold out but too cool to leave off the list). Among the list are three booksContinue Reading

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Melanin in YA on GoFundMe. Donations have been turned off since we have reached our start up funds goal, purchased books with surpassed donations, and shipping costs are covered for these future book giveaways. The GoFundMe was a huge success. ThankContinue Reading

Melanin in YA is now on GoFundMe! Please donate if you can! Thank you! Melanin in YA  is currently in progress as a database for all things Black in traditional Young Adult (this does not include middle grade or new adult) publishing. Melanin in YA was made for a varietyContinue Reading

Thank you so much for the support for Melanin in YA! If you have yet to fill out the survey to let Melanin in YA know what else you’d like to see on this website, please do so here. If you’re a traditionally published Black YA author and your nameContinue Reading

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 YAContinue Reading