Yes, I write Young Adult fiction. Yes, they published my last novel, Immortal Longings and yes, they are going to publish my next novel, Dead Boyfriends, which is scheduled for release in February 2014. That’s not why you should support them, though.
Victoria A. Brownworth founded Tiny Satchel because she saw that young people of color, and young people who were “other” for a wide variety of reasons (gender identity, racial identity, homelessness, to name a few), could find few books reflecting their non-mainstream reality. She founded her press to bring works reflecting that non-mainstream reality to young adult readers.
Visit the website just because it is gorgeous, and order your books directly from the website because supporting small independent presses that are trying to make the world a better place is a good thing to do. And, or course, if you want to order Immortal Longings while you’re there, I won’t object. *G*
But seriously, visit their site and browse what’s in the satchel. Greg Herron’s Sorceress has the most gorgeous bookcover, and that’s the least of what’s right with his novel of romantic horror. From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth is a collection of stories told from a variety of perspectives: straight, gay, rich, poor, contemporary and historical. It won the 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Awards Silver Medal in the Young Adult Fiction – Historical/Cultural category. The heroine of J.S. Shaw’s mystery novel, Leave No Footprints is a missing/exploited child who is effectively homeless, while the heroine of Lisa Nelson’s Drifting has a father who cannot seem to put down roots. And, those are just a few of the offerings. Why not see for yourself?