Beginning next week, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group's crowdsourced imprint Swoon Reads from Feiwel & Friends will expand from featuring only teen romance titles to titles in all YA genres.
Swoon Reads invites writers to submit manuscripts to its website, where site members can read, rate and critique others' manuscripts--and receive writing and revising tips from Swoon Reads staff. Once a manuscript is acquired, the community votes on the title's cover and communicates with the author through blog posts. So far, some 50 titles have been acquired and another 10 are set to be acquired by the end of the year.
Swoon's debut novel, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, published in August 2014, has 100,000 copies in print (including e-books sold) in the U.S., and rights have been sold in eight territories. (For more about Swoon Reads and A Little Something Different, see our dedicated issue from last year.)