An Expansive Multigenre Young Adult Fiction Imprint
Bestselling. Award-winning. Critically acclaimed. Starting in January 2019, Harlequin TEEN will rebrand
as Inkyard Press and publish books for young adult readers across a variety of genres—from contemporary
mainstream to genre fiction, including horror, fantasy, mystery, romance and thriller.
It is important that readers see themselves reflected in the books we publish and we are proud to
represent authors from diverse backgrounds and communities. Our goal is to publish exceptional booksand as part of that commitment, we are working to broaden our publishing portfolio with an inclusive,
diverse list of authors and stories. We are always looking for fresh voices, including writers with
unique perspectives and experiences to share. Agented submissions only, please.
“The name Inkyard is original and evocative—ink, the very foundation of the written word, and yard,
an open space to
explore. Together they represent a strong, creative community of established and emerging voices
stories to our ever-expanding readership.” —Margaret Marbury, Vice President,
Dumped by her boyfriend right before college, relationship columnist Lu Charles has
severe writer's block. If she can’t come up with a topic for her column, she’ll lose
her writing gig and the scholarship that goes along with it. When she overhears another
couple planning a precollege breakup, she’s convinced they are the answer to finding
inspiration again. But as she inserts herself into their lives, she discovers Iris and
Cal are planning to postpone their breakup to until the end of summer. Are they just
prolonging their misery or do they know the secret to navigating all this love
business? All Lu knows is that if she can’t make a breakthrough before the end of
summer, she can kiss her future goodbye.
Ji-Su’s parents are laser focused on her future, and working with Seoul’s premier
matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is step one in their plans. Ji-Su goes on the
recommended dates to please her parents, but when her attention wavers more towards
having fun with her friends, her parents shock her by shipping her off to San Francisco
where she can focus on her school work and, of course, go on more dates. But her new
reality opens Ji-Su’s eyes to what she really wants out of life—more time spent on her
passion for photography than dating. And what if she finds The One and he’s not parent
Sisters on opposite sides of the abortion debate band together to dispel a rumor
intended to get one of them expelled from their strict school in this celebration of
friendship and feminism set in the 1990s.
A teen sent to stay with her aunt in Haiti after a prank goes awry uncovers family
secrets and the key to her mother’s recent meltdown while embracing her rich Haitian
heritage in this exciting debut told in letters, articles, emails and diary entries.
I have a strong affinity for commercial, addictive, high-concept fiction and riveting stories
that help the reader see different perspectives and think about ideas that resonate after the
book has been read.
I’m looking for: Young adult fiction on the
upper-YA end of the spectrum in any genre or genre blend; stories that showcase each author’s
unique voice and perspective.
I’d love to find the next: YA novel that hits me in
the heart the way the Dear Evan Hansen musical does.
TS acquires and edits fiction for the young adult market and has the privilege of working with
authors such as Robin Talley and Adi Alsaid. Prior to Harlequin, T.S. worked for Little, Brown
Books for Young Readers, where he worked with bestselling and award-winning authors such as
Jennifer Brown, Cris Beam, Pseudonymous Bosch, Sara Zarr and Julie Anne Peters. He’s extremely
passionate about teen fiction and is always thinking about teen readers first and foremost when
acquiring and editing.
I’m looking for: Emotional, character-driven
stories across all genres, and a written voice that feels special while still commercially
appealing. I’m interested in stories written by authors and featuring characters from
underrepresented communities, literary fiction that has a commercial hook, fantasy retellings
and magical realism.
I’d love to find the next: Great epistolary novel à
la The Color Purple but for teens
Encountering an idea I’ve never seen before excites me. I’m particularly drawn to fantasy and
science fiction—genre fiction that allows authors to create brand-new worlds out of nothing.
I’m looking for: Fantasy with well-developed world
building and science fiction. On the contemporary side, I’d like to find classical retellings
in a modern setting, as well as books exploring the emotional nuances surrounding addiction
and/or alcoholism, especially told from the point of view of a sober protagonist.
I’d love to find the next: Sarah J. Maas, Leigh
Bardugo or Laini Taylor.