Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 6, 2018

Page Street Publishing YA Editor of the Month – Ashley Hearn

July is Publisher of the Month with Page Street Publishing. Today we are feature Ashley Hearn Associate YA editor. During the month I will share the other editor’s bios and interviews with you. Each of the five editors will critique two first pages, for a total of ten first page critiques this month. At the end of the month, I will post the first page results. Since there are only four Fridays, other days during the month will feature all this. Yesterday we started with Kristen Noble. See Submission Guidelines at bottom of page.

Ashley Hearn Associate YA Editor at Page Street Publishing

Prior to Page Street, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at Entangled Publishing and as a producer for the Badger Sports Report. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Communication Arts: TV, radio, and film production. When she steps away from her desk, she can be found sampling craft beer, armchair-quarterbacking for the Green Bay Packers, or haunting her local coffee shop.

Ashley is seeking only YA at this time. She’s drawn to high concept stories with a unique twist and an unforgettable voice. She’s especially interested in fantasy, paranormal, horror, magical realism, quirky contemporary, character-driven contemporary, romance, and historicals—with a special affinity for atmospheric stories that offer a strong sense of place and time. In all genres, she’s actively seeking inclusive stories and diverse voices.

She’s particularly on the lookout for:

  • Diverse magic girl squads!
  • YA novelizations of my favorite historical ladies: Julie d’Aubigny (La Maupin) and Ching Shih.
  • Fantasy with truly epic world building and cleverly-crafted magic systems.
  • Contemporary fantasy or UF where the stakes aren’t cosmic and the setting feels like a character.
  • Midwestern or New England gothic novels.
  • A Black #ownvoices southern gothic novel.
  • Diverse paranormal and UF.
  • Stories featuring Muslim characters in every genre.
  • Sweet romantic comedies with diverse characters.
  • Contemporary stories with a touch of magic and ton of atmosphere.
  • Contemporary stories featuring teens with unique jobs.
  • LGBTQIA+ sports stories.
  • Historical retellings and historical fantasy—particularly overlooked or underrepresented stories in history.

In all stories she loves:

  • Setting! – novels set in unexpected or underrepresented locales and settings that feel like characters themselves.
  • Romance – enemies-to-lovers and forbidden romances are my favorite. I love romance that starts out as a rivalry!
  • LGBTQIA+ and intersectional stories.
  • Inclusive stories and diverse perspectives! #ownvoices!


In the subject line, please write “JULY 2018 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” (Also indicate YA PB or NF in Subject line) Example: JULY 2018 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE – PB or NF or YA. Paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page.Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: July 20th.
RESULTS: June 27th & 30th.

Talk tomorrow,



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