Dear Book Lover,
Call it a gift, or call it a character flaw. I just don’t want to do what everybody else is doing. I want to do what nobody else is doing, and do it the right way.
Literature for young adults is soaring, leading publishing into the second decade of a new century just as it should be. Brilliantly conceived scenarios for the end of the world and fantastical creatures of all descriptions fill the shelves.
Now it’s time for the next wave of suspenseful, contemporary, real-world, real-time stories, with a sinister, hilarious, or romantic twist – the kinds of stories that changed our own lives when we were teens, and that change our lives now.
I want to publish the next Carrie, The Book Thief, National Velvet, Tuck Everlasting, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, and The Outsiders. These will be the classics for a new generation, and they’re being written right now. Since suspense (noir or pastel, comic or macabre) is my love, I hope I have a sense for finding those stories. As it turns out, a big part of my vocation, at this point in my career, is the desire to discover and nurture great new writers, and to put great books in the hands of great readers.
We don’t have to get young people reading again. They’re ready to read. We do have to give them the one thing that money can’t buy, which is class.
With all this in mind, under the aegis of F+W, one of the most trusted names in media, Merit Press was born.
These books will cross genres and generations; each of them has the pearl of the extraordinary in their pages.
So, I guess I’m just lucky, and you are, too.
Welcome to the new wave of YA, with Merit Press.