Interview Time & Giveaway with Vinspire Publishing, LLC
I had the pleasure of interviewing the Editor-in-Chief of Vinspire Publishing, LLC over the holiday season. I have always been curious about how the publishing process works and what publishers look for, especially for someone who hopes to publish a book at some point in their lifetime. I found out about the publishing process, as well as how Young Adult still finds a way to thrive in a market being overwhelmed with Erotica.
1. What is your typical audience age group?
We have readers from ages five on up. Because we are a family friendly publisher, our books are enjoyed by people of any ages. The protagonists in our young adult books are generally in the 15-17 age range.
2. What do you look for in a submission when they submit to your publishing house for a YA book?
We look for stories that make us keep reading, stories we don’t want to put down. Recently, I read a young adult book from our submissions inbox (which I rarely do), and I did not want to stop reading it.
Beyond that, we like characters we can connect with and draw us in. We don’t want to just be entertained; we want to be invested in the book.
3. How many YA books do you typically publish in a 12 month period?
This varies greatly from year to year. We like to offer our readers a mix of genres throughout the course of the year so we don’t focus all of our attention on only one. On average, about 50% of the books we publish are young adult, though.
4. Have you noticed that there are certain trends in YA novels, if so what are they?
I have noticed that the draw to young adult novels seems to be straying from romance and more toward general market. Books with more realistic situations, including loss and strong drama are a big draw like The Fault in Our Stars.
5. Do you find it hard to publicize and market YA books in an erotica based market?
Fortunately, since these two genres are at opposite ends of the spectrum, we know where to focus our marketing efforts. By working with YA blogs, we are able to reach readers that are only looking for this genre.
6. Give me your recommendations on what I should be reading.
I would have to say you can’t go wrong with any of our YA titles. Angelhood has won two consecutive awards and is a compelling look at what could happen after suicide while Becky’s Kiss is story that will resonate with teens facing a new school.
If you’re into science fiction, Gamenian will take you on an unforgettable journey into outer space. Maybe you’re in the mood for paranormal. Both Beguiling and Shadowflesh are beyond the grave stories that should probably be read with all the lights on in the house while Zombies Y’all is a comical look at a zombie apocalypse, and Kingdom of Glass is a nail-biting read about a town that’s dying.
Our contemporary stories delve deep into the heart of real-life issues. With girls like Skye from Girl in the Middle facing abandonment by her friends, genius Millie from Genius Summer getting a little help from 1865, and Mia lacing up her running shoes, you really will find something to keep you mesmerized.