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Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Swoon Author Shani Petroff: The True Story Behind ROMEO & WHAT'S HER NAME

In Romeo & What's Her Name, the main character Emily gets up on stage and attempts to perform Shakespeare without knowing her lines. She is mortified. The embarrassment is deep, and I should know, because the idea behind this scene came from my real life. That’s right, I too humiliated myself in front of a crowd. I was ... Read More


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Friday, January 20th, 2017

Fight the Power: Get Inspired by These 5 Life-Affirming Moments in Politically Charged YA Lit

Regardless if you swing elephant or donkey, there's no denying that these are turbulent times. Many folks are feeling hopeless and scared, and utterly unsure of what the future holds. In periods like these, reading can play an even bigger role in our lives—empowering us to enact change the way some of literature's bravest characters have. That ... Read More


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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Why Wasn't I Chosen?: An Open Edit Letter (Part VII)

Dear Swoon Readers,We’re thrilled to announce our next Swoon Reads list! We were so excited to expand to publishing all genres of YA this fall, and we were over the moon to see so many great new manuscripts of all types—historical, fantasy, action, and more!—submitted to the site. You gave us a great batch of manuscripts ... Read More


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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Announcing Our Ninth List: MEET ME IN OUTER SPACE by Melinda Grace, MEN IN TIGHTS by Danielle Banas, SURVIVING ADAM MEADE by Shannon Klare, and THE OFFERING by Jessika Fleck!

Dear Readers,Hello Winter!  And Happy New Year Swoon Readers and Writers!We're excited to share the newest manuscripts chosen for publication. I can't think of a fun-ner way to kick-off 2017. Once again you've helped us find the freshest new stories, and we were blown away by the talent of those who submitted. Thank you for ... Read More


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