Tag Archives | new adult

The Honourables

Exciting news! In-house Cap’n Sweet Valley has been working on an initiative to start publishing a series of e-originals that we are calling e-serials. What are e-serials? An e-serial is a series of digital-only discrete dramatic novella-length “episodes” that advance an overall “season” narrative arc through 4-6 installments, published in at regular intervals at a low price. We are conceptualizing e-serials as a loose bridge between a full length novel and a TV show. An […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
        

Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky

In Nora Zelevansky’s hilarious debut, Semi-Charmed Life, an Upper West Side naïf, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seeming magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose, while ghost-writing her blog. Veruca’s glitteringly opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her own insular, arty family with a promise of fancy parties, travel outside Manhattan (gasp!), and one desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy lifestyle starts to take on dark undertones, Beatrice has to decide […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
     
New Logo

YA as Genre or YA as Reading Level

Lately I’ve been mulling over a question that seems to crop up in a lot of what I read for both work and pleasure, namely whether or not a definition of YA exists. Of course YA exists, but what it is seems to be a fluid idea, shaped by many different considerations: age of protagonist, marketing concerns, and the most controversial of all–reading level.

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
  
New Logo

What We’ve Acquired Thus Far

Dear me, I have been lax with updating you all about the goings-on in the office! We have been extremely busy since the new year, having acquired three new authors for our New Adult endeavor, bringing our stable of authors up to seven! The stats and projects are as follows: Nonfiction WORKING GIRL: How To Have A Fabulous Life on 30 Grand by Laurel House Lifestyle and fitness guru Laurel House writes a how-to guide […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
                                

The Goings Ons!

So this blogging more initiative. It’s not being very successful at the moment, due to the fact that I simply have not had the time. La Redactora is busy enough for ten editors, not to mention things have been moving along with Cap’n Sweet Valley. News! Cap’n Sweet Valley has acquired two more titles, this time in the nonfiction category. WORKING GIRL: The Fabulous life on Thirty Grand by Laurel House A comprehensive guide for […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
  

Blogging Is Hard!

You know what I’ve discovered? Blogging is hard! I never thought blogging was hard before, but that might have had to do with the fact that I spent most of 2009 unemployed and my previous jobs were so dull I blogged about everything else instead. I’m in a bit of a nostalgic mood. Another teaser trailer for the final Harry Potter movie was released yesterday and I found myself tearing up. (Why yes, I am […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
  
Tender Morsels Paperback

TENDER MORSELS by Margo Lanagan

So. Reviews. I did say I would write them. I seriously haven’t had time to eat, let alone blog in the past few weeks. But if you’re curious about what I’m reading outside of work, you should probably check me out on Goodreads. There’s not much I can really say about TENDER MORSELS that’s coherent. This novel slayed me. I closed the pages feeling absolutely gutted and wrung out, wondering if the world would ever […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
           
New Logo

Incomunicado

Pardón, estaba incomunicada la última semana porque estaba muy ocupada por mi trabajo. He ayudado una otra redactora a St. Martin’s Press con sus autores y no tuve tiempo para escribir en mi…blog? (¿Cómo se dice “blog” en español?) Sorry, I have the habit of reverting to high school Spanish when I get a wee bit stressed. (Of note, I love that “editor” in Spanish is redactor(a). Henceforth I wish to be known as a […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com
        

What We Want

In previous posts about New Adult, I realized that I tried to articulate the category with broad generalizations (target audience, voice, etc.), but never got down to the specifics of personal taste. Personal taste is pretty important in this industry; it’s important to read broadly, but to also have opinions about what you read. Bear once asked me if I would ever turn down something I knew would sell and I said, “Yes, if I […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com

It’s Not Chick Lit, It’s Me

A while back, I mentioned on Twitter that I did not like chick lit. This is causing me a wee bit of stress as a large portion of the submissions we receive can fall into the realm of “chick lit”, meaning I am more reluctant to read them in favor of other submissions. One of the great things about Cap’n Sweet Valley and me as a team is that we tend to balance each other […]

Buy me a coffee at ko-fi.com