'YA débutants are finding it harder to break into the mainstream'

'YA débutants are finding it harder to break into the mainstream'

Publishers are failing to take on début Young Adult writers and are instead concentrating on established UK YA writers and US imports, according to some leading figures in the industry.

Imogen Cooper, founder of The Egg Academy, which tutors unpublished writers, said there was “definitely resistance” from editors about taking on new YA authors at the moment. “Agents are turning down [submissions] because they are struggling to place the YA authors they already manage. There’s a narrowing down in the market,” she said. The proliferation of celebrity book deals may also be part of the probl...

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