Three Young Adult Authors Walk into a Book Store…and Come Out Managing a Publishing House
That’s very nearly what recently happened to young adult authors Shannon Delany, Judith Graves, and Jen Murgia except there was no book store and they don’t live close enough to do much “in real life” together. “That’s the great thing about technology and social media,” Delany laughs.
“This all began because I opened my mouth on Facebook and it earned me a phone call. I was toying with the idea of founding my own little publishing house and Judith Graves contacted me. After a few emails and one fateful phone call the ball was rolling!”
Graves, a longtime Leap author (and a respected script writer and author with additional houses) suggested she and Delany team up and take over the SHINE e-novella line she was building through established small publisher Leap Books LLC.
When owner Laurie Edwards heard about it, she suggested they take on the entire company. Not long after, Delany found herself the owner and publisher of the well-loved house with Graves as her very capable co-publisher.
But the duo knew it would take even more people to give Leap’s books and authors, both old and new, the attention they needed. Delany contacted author Jennifer Murgia and asked her to come aboard as Marketing Director. With the addition of William Gee as CFO and additional team members to bolster the services they provide authors, the new Leap management team feels certain they can each focus on the things they do best.
Readers can look forward to edgy and memorable stories filled with characters who leap off the pages. Of special note is the new e-novella line, SHINE, headed up by Graves and specializing in YA and NA.
Authors of all YA and NA genres can submit through their agents to any of Leap’s lines (submission details are HERE). And, this year to celebrate Delany’s birthday in mid-October, Leap will open its doors for unagented stories for a brief period.
For now Delany suggests readers and writers alike leap into the contest running until August 8th at http://leapbks.blogspot.ca/ and says if you’re serious about writing for a publisher, first give a few of their books a read.
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