Posted on October 5, 2011
Here’s a link to the full article. And the excerpt:
Last month marked the release of the inaugural list from Lee & Low’s Tu Books, and the imprint is off to a running start. “Reviews of all our first books look really good so far,” says editorial director Stacy Whitman. The debut releases are Wolf Mark, a paranormal thriller by Joseph Bruchac; Galaxy Games, a space adventure by Greg Fishbone; and Karen Sandler’s Tankborn, a dystopian novel. “It seems that dystopia is as strong as ever, though I keep expecting to see it subside,” Whitman remarks. “In the future, I’m anticipating that urban fantasy with a twist will be strong.”
Spring will bring Vodnik by Bryce Moore, a contemporary fantasy set in Europe, and Kimberly Pauley’s Cat Girl’s Day Off, in which a girl who can talk to cats solves the disappearance of a celebrity blogger. “This book has mystery, celebrity, and fantasy elements—it’s a mashup of genres. I’ll be on the lookout for more of those,” Whitman notes.
I’m proud to be involved with this! And I’m so excited to have a book coming out that features a multi-ethnic (which, incidentally, spell check wanted to change to mulch-ethnic…what the heck is that?!) cast and a gay character. And that my editor, if anything, encouraged all of that. And, hey, MASHUP. I love that word.
Posted on September 15, 2009
(I’m cross-posting this from the YA Books Central Blog)
Okay, everyone, have I got a worthwhile project for you to get involved in! Stacy Whitman (freelance editor and all-around awesome person) is trying to start up a new press called Tu Publishing. It’s intended to be a small, independently run multicultural press with a focus on fantasy and science fiction books for both children and young adults. You can learn more about it at the Tu Publishing website and also be sure to check out Stacy’s blog for a video on why she’s starting this up. She’s also got a video challege for you there that you should check out.
Right now, she’s in the fundraising stage. She needs to raise $10,000 by December 14th (that’s just 89 days, people!). I’ve pledged $100 to help get her started. I really believe in the mission of her press (in fact, the new novel I’m working on has a multi-cultural main character). Please consider making a pledge — it can be as small as $5 (and no money is deducted from your account unless the entire $10,000 goal is met). Check out the KickStarter campaign and help make this dream a reality!
Please pass this news around! We need more great multicultural books out there!
And hey: My Challenge to You — for the first 10 people that see this here and pledge $50 or more, I will send you a signed copy of my book (plus assorted goodies). You’ll need to send me an email letting me know you did so I can confirm it with Stacy, that’s it!
And I’d also really love love love to see your responses to her video challenge. Check it out!