Sourcebooks Acquires First Project through Submission Partnership with Wattpad
NAPERVILLE, IL (April 12, 2016)—Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, has acquired its first project through the ‘submit2sourcebooks’ program with Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers.
This ‘submit2sourcebooks’ program, which launched in July, was created in order to create new opportunities for Wattpad writers and build on Sourcebooks’ success publishing Wattpad authors like Natasha Preston (natashapreston), author of The Cellar and Awake, and Ali Novak (fallzswimmer), author of My Life With The Walter Boys and Heartbreakers.
The project is a light paranormal romance series titled the Undead Dating Service, by promising new author Juliet Lyons. Acquisition editor, Cat Clyne, describes it as “Bridget Jones’s Diary…with vampires, a fresh concept, a touch of suspense, and a whole lot of snark.”
“We launched the program in order to find fresh, intriguing concepts in romance and that’s exactly what Juliet provided,” said Clyne. “We couldn’t be more excited to be publishing the series.”
Wattpad allows aspiring authors to submit their work for editors’ consideration by simply adding an extra tag to their story on the platform, circumventing the usual process of query letters and eliminating the possibility of getting lost in an inbox or slush pile. The publisher will then be able to see how readers are reacting to and interacting with a prospective author’s work by viewing it on the platform, essentially allowing readers to help vet the stories they are most excited about.
“Wattpad is unique because it gives people from around the world access to an audience of millions, and connects them with content they can’t find anywhere else” said Wattpad’s Head of Writer and Publishing Partnerships Ashleigh Gardner. “With this partnership, any writer can join Wattpad and use the tag ‘submit2sourcebooks’ to get their story in front of a publisher.”
Sourcebooks has achieved enormous success with Wattpad writers in the young adult category with the success of authors like Natasha Preston and Ali Novak, whose books are consistently top sellers.
This is just one of the many projects Sourcebooks hopes to acquire through the ongoing partnership. The Undead Dating Service series will begin releasing in spring 2017.
For more details on the submissions partnership, visit: www.wattpad.com/sourcebooks
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Founded in 2006, Wattpad is a free app that lets people discover and share stories about the things they love. More than 40 million people around the world turn to Wattpad to find entertainment that matches their interests and fits their schedules. Wattpad stories are serialized and the entire community participates in the storytelling process through comments, messages, and multimedia. The app offers stories in over 50 languages and works on mobile and web. The company is proudly based in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at www.wattpad.com