Emma Finlayson-Palmer runs a great chat on Twitter with the hashtag #ukteenchat, and on January 22nd, a discussion took place asking others to classify the target audience, some recommended books within this category, and exactly what can and cannot go content-wise. Here's a link to the first question, but scroll through and see what you think.
Should More Agencies Ask Specifically for Teen Fiction?
Skylark Lit are a UK literary agency specialising in children's fiction, and they have given 12-14-year-olds their own category entirely. If only more agencies did the same, and in turn publishers and booksellers jumped on this train and categorised these kids separately. But can it work? Will it work? Here's what they have to say...
Teen Voices Are Being Overlooked!
And here's a really powerfully written opinion piece by a teen on how many YA books actually isolate teens. It's a fascinating take and, in our opinion, a very important read for all the adult gatekeepers. Check it out here.
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