An Editor's Insight: How to get your Young Adult book published

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Are you writing a Young Adult book?

In this session, we'll be interviewing Commissioning Editor Carmen McCullough who is part of the editorial team at Penguin Random House. Carmen works with the estate of Roald Dahl and with incredible YA authors such as Ruta Sepetys who won the 2017 Carnegie medal and fantasy superstars Sarah J. Mass and Leigh Bardugo.

In our session, we will be digging deep into what editors and agents are looking for. We shall also look at the publishing process and why editorial teams accept or reject manuscripts. Join us for a jam-packed session of all things children's and YA.


Topics we will cover:

  • Why and how editorial teams make decisions to buy some books and not others.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the submission process

  • The trends in the market at the moment and predictions for *upcoming trends

  • What to do if you’re unsure if you should write for middle grade or YA

  • How much authors get paid

  • What advances are and the importance of foreign rights sales

  • What an in-house editor does

  • How to negotiate with your in-house editor if they disagree

  • Opinions on the self-publishing market

  • Best practices for YA authors on social media

*not that we believe you should write for trends but it's an interesting topic to consider


By the end of our session you’ll understand:

  • How to appeal to editors

  • The trends in the YA market over the last decade

  • Mistakes that aspiring writers make

  • The pay scales and royalties you can expect from different publishing houses


Guest Editor: Carmen McCullough

Carmen McCullough is currently Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House Children’s where she is lucky enough to look after the publishing of one of her childhood heroes, Roald Dahl. She also works with incredible YA authors such as Ruta Sepetys who won the 2017 Carnegie medal and fantasy superstars Sarah J. Mass and Leigh Bardugo as part of the DC Icons series. She is passionate about bringing diverse new talent to the Puffin list and is hugely excited about new author Gabby Rivera and her rainbow storm of a book Juliet Takes a Breath publishing this autumn. She’s a staunch Ravenclaw and, when she’s not reading manuscripts, she plays netball. Badly.

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Matt Trinetti is a former IBM consultant turned writer, publisher, TEDx speaker and facilitator. For the last 5 years, Matt has designed and led career change programmes at Escape The City to help unfulfilled professionals pursue more creative work and reinvent their careers. In 2014, Matt published Stephen Markley's Tales of Iceland, a perennial seller on Amazon and in Iceland. Matt's writing has appeared in Quartz, Observer, Huffington Post, and on his blog GiveLiveExplore.com.

Parul Bavishi has been an editor for over a decade and has worked at Random House, Quercus and Cornerstones and Eccles Fisher where she has helped writers such as Andy Mcnab, and Olympic athlete Christine Ohuruogu and edited a number of inspiring and award-winners novelists. As an editor, she works with thriller and YA writers to help them prepare for submitting to agents. Parul is passionate about story structure and genre; most recently she studied under the editor Shawn Coyne, creator of the Story Grid, and is an editor for the Story Grid. She is the co-host of the Story Grid Podcast 'Does the Story Work? ' launching this Autumn.

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Carmen McCullough is currently Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House Children’s where she is lucky enough to look after the publishing of one of her childhood heroes, Roald Dahl. She also works with incredible YA authors such as Ruta Sepetys who won the 2017 Carnegie medal and fantasy superstars Sarah J. Mass and Leigh Bardugo as part of the DC Icons series. She is passionate about bringing diverse new talent to the Puffin list and is hugely excited about new author Gabby Rivera and her rainbow storm of a book Juliet Takes a Breath publishing this autumn. She’s a staunch Ravenclaw and, when she’s not reading manuscripts, she plays netball. Badly.

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20 Jerusalem Passage

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EC1V 4JP

United Kingdom

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