EXCLUSIVE: Book it. A+E Studios has signed an exclusive overall deal with Swoon Reads, a crowdsourced young-adult imprint of Macmillan Publishers. Under the two-year pact, A+E Studios will develop and produce YA novels for film and TV.
“All of us at Macmillan have believed in the Swoon Reads model as a way of discovering new voices,” said Jean Feiwel, SVP and publisher of Swoon Reads. “We are a community of writers and readers engaged in a common goal: looking for an opportunity to be read, to be critiqued and published — and now, with A+E Studios, possibly seen.”
Added Barry Jossen, Head of A+E Studios, who announced the deal with Feiwel: “A+E Studios has fast distinguished itself from competitors as an independent studio that fosters creativity, collaboration, and innovation. … Our mutual mission to source the best creative talent and deliver exceptional content that will resonate with the coveted YA audience will be realized by this partnership.”
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Swoon was launched in 2013 by Feiwel, who has published such mega-successful book series as Harry Potter, Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club. The imprint lets writers bypass the traditional model, uploading their manuscripts to its website. Readers help select which books get published and also have a voice throughout the publishing process, including voting on title, cover design and marketing ideas.
Macmillan was repped by APA in the deal.
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