THE YA TODAY: An Editor, Agent, and Blogger Discuss the Book, the Audience, the Crossover


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From left: Bridget Marmion, Emilia Rhodes, Peter Knapp, and Katiebabs (Kate Garrabrant) discuss THE YA TODAY: AN EDITOR, AGENT, AND BLOGGER DISCUSS THE BOOK, THE AUDIENCE, THE CROSSOVER, a Conference Room Confab hosted by Your Expert Nation on June 15, 2016.


In this 100-minute video Emilia Rhodes, Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Literary Agent Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary & Media Inc., Book Blogger Katiebabs of Babbling about Books, and More, and Marketing Director Bridget Marmion, Founder and President of Your Expert Nation, go behind the scenes of this thriving segment of publishing and the phenomenon of the crossover book. Topics covered include how best to position yourself and your work for YA agents, editors, readers,  what is most important to know about crossover success stories, the criteria a book has to meet in order to be classified as YA, the age range of the YA audience, what makes a good adult-YA crossover title, and associated How Tos, and What Not-To-Dos of editorial/submission, marketing/publicity. The video is in the MP4 format, has a file size of 479 MB and is available for download (but not online viewing) immediately upon purchase.


Emilia Rhodes is a Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books where she edits young adult and middle grade fiction. Emilia has worked with New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Christopher Pike (Thirst), L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries), Adi Alsaid (Let’s Get Lost), Claudia Gray (A Thousand Pieces of You), Sophie Jordan (Reign of Shadows), John Kloepfer (The Zombie Chasers), and Carrie Arcos (Out of Reach). Find Emilia on Twitter: @emiliarhodes.

Peter Knapp is an agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, where he represents middle grade and young adult fiction. He is lucky to work with both bestselling and award-winning authors, including New York Times bestseller Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil series), Newbery Honor-winning and bestselling author Kathryn Lasky (author of over 100 books, including the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series), Lambda-nominee Will Walton (Anything Could Happen), and many more. Previous to joining New Leaf, he worked at The Park Literary Group, and prior to that he was a story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, consulting on book-to-film adaptations.

Blogger Katiebabs: Kate Garrabrant is a Reviewer and Book Blogger with over twenty years of knowledge and experience regarding the romance and young adult genre. Kate, best known as “Katiebabs” is also author, KT Grant with currently thirty published books and short stories. Kate has been reviewing books since 2000, and owns and operates Babbling about Books, and More, a book blog since 2008. Babbling has become a permanent fixture in the online publishing community with over 20,000 visitors a month.

Bridget Marmion, Panel Moderator, spent over a decade each at Farrar Straus Giroux, Random House and Houghton Mifflin, mostly as SVP, Marketing. At FSG and Houghton, Bridget oversaw both adult and children’s book marketing. In 2012, she launched YOUR EXPERT NATION, Inc., a full-service marketing firm.