Posted by: anitanolan | April 18, 2014

Bloomsbury Debuts “If Only” YA Romance Series

From Publisher’s Weekly:

One teen falls for two boys while traveling in Italy, and another plots revenge after her boyfriend dumps her. These are the plots of Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae and Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard, the launch titles of Bloomsbury’s If Only YA contemporary romance series. Due May 6, the novels exemplify the line’s focus on teenage girls who want what they can’t have and fall for someone they shouldn’t. Rae and Hubbard and three other Bloomsbury YA authors – Lindsey Leavitt, Emery Lord, and Jillian Cantor – will be spotlighted in the publisher’s First Loves promotion, which includes a group tour in May.

Read the rest here.

Posted by: anitanolan | April 17, 2014

Spencer Hill YA Contemporary Contest


Spencer Hill Contemporary


Spencer Hill is conducting a contest for contemporary, realistic YA fiction.

It’s taking place on Brenda Drake’s blog. The submission post with instructions will go live on April 28. You’ll need the hook and mini-synopsis of your query (in 200 words or less) at that point.

If you have questions, the Spencer Hill Contemporary editors will try to answer them via Twitter on April 21. DO NOT pitch them using the hashtag, and don’t contact them directly.

Take a moment to check out to check out their current and upcoming titles.



Posted by: anitanolan | April 12, 2014

Little, Brown BfYR Promotion

From Publisher’s Lunch:

At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Tina McIntyre has been promoted to the newly created role of executive director, strategic planning and digital publisher.

Posted by: anitanolan | April 11, 2014

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Sara Sciuto is joining Foreword Literary as an agent, specializing in children’s books. She was previously an agent with Full Circle Literary.

Foreward Literary

Sara’s Bio



Posted by: anitanolan | April 9, 2014

Cape Cod Writers Center Contest


The Cape Cod Writers Center First Annual Writing Contest will be judged by writers, editors, and librarians, offering a top prize in each category of $200, plus a free conference session at the 2014 Cape Cod Writers Conference (Aug. 7-10, 2014), and an individual critique by an agent or editor.


  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • Middle Grade/YA
  • Poetry

Dates & Fees

  • Deadline: May 1, 2014, midnight EST
  • Winners Announced: August 1, 2014
  • Entry Fees: $20 Prose, $15 Poetry via PayPal ONLY

More information is available here.

Posted by: anitanolan | March 31, 2014

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Rock Point Press in Santa Fe, NM will release its launch list in fall 2014. The press, co-owned by Joanna Hill and Marcy Heller, will publish creative nonfiction and historically-based children’s books in the areas of Southwest history, spirituality, memoirs, and cookbooks. The new publisher will be distributed to the trade by SCB Distributors.


Rock Point Press

Posted by: anitanolan | March 28, 2014

Partnership to Launch New Children’s/YA Imprint


Here’s the Press Release:

Vivalogue Publishing has been contracted by western Canadian publisher Heritage House to launch a new young adult imprint. The first Wandering Fox titles will be published in autumn 2014. All four books are repackaged, updated editions of best-selling, previously published titles that have been out of print. “We identified quality stories with a proven sales track record, and are pleased to partner with Heritage House to bring these excellent, contemporary classics back into print,” said Lynn Duncan, Vivalogue’s director. The new imprint will specialize in Canadian stories for 10- to 15-year-olds. “These all feature strong characters and storylines and are the kind of books that adults will also enjoy reading,” explains Duncan.

The four books to be published this fall are: And in the Morning, a powerful story set during the First World War, and the first installment in the Fields of Conflict series by acclaimed historical fiction author John Wilson; Prairie Pictures, Shirlee Smith Matheson’s best-seller about a young girl adjusting to small-town life in rural Alberta; History in the Faking (previously published as The Archaeolojesters Book 1), the first book in Andreas Oertel’s lively caper trilogy featuring a trio of Manitoba pranksters; and No Place for Kids, Alison Lohans’ gritty tale of two sisters who set off on their own to escape from their alcoholic father. “We are very pleased to be bringing these quality titles back into print, and they will form the foundation of an exciting new imprint that fills a niche in the young adult market: quality Canadian fiction,” said Rodger Touchie, Heritage House’s Publisher. Wandering Fox Books will be overseen by Lara Kordic, Senior Editor at Heritage House.

The venture marks the first move into trade publishing for Vivalogue Limited, which was founded in 2010 and has branches in Canada and the United Kingdom. The speciality publisher provides author services to independent authors and publishing services for not-for-profit organizations and businesses. The first young adult title re-published by Vivalogue (under its own imprint) was the out-of-print, critically praised book, Out on a Limb, by Gail Banning.


Posted by: anitanolan | March 26, 2014

Editing Services

I am frequently asked if I offer editing services, and I do, so I’ve added a page to my blog (here) that explains my fees.

Posted by: anitanolan | March 23, 2014

Upcoming Workshops

I’ve added a new page to my blog (the link is near the top of the page) for Upcoming Workshops.

Posted by: anitanolan | March 22, 2014

Sylvan Dell is now Arbordale Publishing

From Press Release:

Children’s book publisher Sylvan Dell Publishing has changed its name to Arbordale Publishing.

The company has changed the name over the use of the name “Sylvan,” which caused the publisher legal issues.

The Arbordale Website


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