Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 30, 2012

SOHO TEEN

This September illustration was sent in by Annalisa Hall.  She lives in Poway, CA with her husband and three children.  She is a management assistant by day and author/illustrator by night.  She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English.  Annalisa has a passion for reading with her eyes open and singing with her eyes closed.  To enjoy the sweetness of September, she relaxes in her hammock.  Http://HelpfulAnnalisa.Wordpress.com

Soho Press was founded in 1986 by Laura Hruska as a small literary Indie Press. Later, it became famous for its exotic crime titles: Soho Crime only publishes mysteries that take place outside of the U.S. When Laura passed away in 2010, her daughter, Bronwen, took over as publisher. She felt YA was a natural place to expand the Soho brand.

Soho Teen launches in January 2013. They’re publishing one book a month, so that each gets the special care and attention it deserves. beginning with the first of two novels by Jacquelyn Mitchard, What We Saw at Night (Jan.), followed by Who Done It? (Feb). Soho Teen novels will be published in hardcover; while Barnes declined to divulge the initial print run for What We Saw at Night, she says that “it’s a big one.”

And while they publish a broad range of YA fiction, every story must have a mystery at its heart.

Daniel Ehrenhaft, Soho Teen’s editorial director, wants Soho Teen to be more than simply a line of mysteries featuring teenage protagonists. He’d like to use it as a vehicle to promote teen literacy, a cause about which he is passionate. All proceeds from sales of Who Done It?, an anthology edited by Jon Scieszka, in which 83 YA and children’s authors write their own alibis in a crime serial novel, will be donated to 826NYC, a nonprofit literacy organization. And a contest in collaboration with Figment.com and Iheartdaily.com for the most clever alibi written by a teen writer will net the winner $1,000, face time with Scieszka, and a college letter of recommendation.

One title will be released each month in 2013 under the Soho Teen imprint, beginning with the first of two novels by Jacquelyn Mitchard, What We Saw at Night (Jan.), followed by Who Done It? (Feb). Soho Teen novels will be published in hardcover; while Barnes declined to divulge the initial print run for What We Saw at Night, she says that “it’s a big one.”

There titles include sci-fi, the paranormal, a dystopian, some contemporary realistic fiction (some humorous),  mystery YA and edgy –  fine with sex, drugs, and violence, provided that they serve the story. If they’re not needed, wonderful. If a risqué or graphic or controversial element is essential: wonderful, too.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. This all sounds terrific, though it’s not a fit for what I write, I don’t think. I do know at least one writer who should probably submit to them 🙂 It’s always so nice to hear about new opportunities!

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