Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has announced plans to expand Swoon Reads, the revolutionary crowd-sourced imprint. As of October 18, the platform will feature all YA genres, in addition to romance.The Swoon Reads community allows aspiring writers to submit manuscripts. Members can then read and critique each others’ manuscripts and receive editorial tips from the Swoon Reads team. For titles selected for acquisition, the community votes on the cover and participates in all aspects of the book’s journey to publication.
To date, 50 titles have been acquired through the platform and more than 400 manuscripts are available to read on the site. Swoon’s debut novel, A Little Something Different, has 100,000 copies in print (including ebooks sold) in the U.S.