Melanin in YA

Melanin in YA LLC was created as a resource for all things Black in traditional Young Adult publishing. The mission for Melanin in YA is to provide a hub of information to amplify and invest in Black voices, making this a no excuses database in the YA space.

The directory is a space to search for Black authors, agents, editors, cover designers, narrators, influencers, and more. The main page covers news which includes but is not limited to book deal and movie/TV adaptation announcements, cover reveals, new releases, awards, and more.



Created: August 20, 2020

Soft Launch: August 30, 2020

GoFund Me Start Up Costs: September 13, 2020 Began & Fully Funded in 4 Hours

Official Launch: January 5, 2021



Publishers Weekly

Podcast Appearances


Waves of YA Podcast


YA! Podcast


Everything is Canon


ShoutOutLA – December 27, 2021

Community & the Power of You – Elnora Gunter – April 26, 2021


NYPL Schomburg Center Literary Festival Virtual Display – Juneteenth 2021

The Skimm – October 5, 2020 Newsletter

Everything is Canon Podcast – Justina Ireland Episode (56:06 minute mark) – September 16, 2020

Melanin in YA Has Sponsored

First Draft with Sarah Enni Episode 306: Nicola Yoon

First Draft with Sarah Enni Episode 305: Camryn Garrett