Discussion: YA Imprints
Kel Sunday, October 19, 2014 discussionYA books are a booming business. Each of the Big Five seems to have at least one imprint with a large list of YA titles, and it looks like everyone wants in on the action. I stumbled across a Publishers Weekly article, "Smells Like Teen Imprint," which lists 15 new YA imprints launched within the last five years. Sadly, Strange Chemistry isn't among them. The good news is, more imprints should mean more choices for YA readers, right?
Granted, YA-specific imprints aren't the only ones publishing good YA. The first example to come to mind is Mary Weber's Storm Siren from Thomas Nelson (which I heard entered its second printing!). Still, the majority of YA books come from imprints that focus on YA, so I'm focusing on those for now.
I couldn't find any complete lists of all the YA imprints out there, but there's a 2012 post on The YA Curator that lists imprints for the Big Six (now Five), mid-sized and small presses (which may be a little out of date).
I haven't gotten around to sorting my books into publisher lists on Goodreads, so I have no idea which YA imprints repeatedly publish books I like or which have resulted in multiple 1-star reviews. Some of you may be organized like that; some may not.
So, my question: are there any YA imprints with whose books you've had lots of success? The opposite? Any imprints whose books you avoid? Or are there any new imprints whose books you'd like to check out?