Resources for Authors and Publishers
Authors and publishers interested in reaching YALSA's 5,100+ members who serve teens through school and public libraries can use the resources listed on this page.
- Work with your publisher to purchase an ad in YALSA's award winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services, and/or our weekly e-newsletter. With a single ad you can directly reach over 5,000 school and public librarians who work with teens. Bill Spilman is YALSA’s ad rep and can be reached at 1-877-878-3260. Find out more about YALS at the YALS website.
- For complete advertising details download our media and sponsorship kit (PDF).
- Work with your publisher to rent member mailing lists from the American Library Association (ALA), YALSA’s parent organization. The person to contact is Maribeth Chapman at email@example.com or (312) 280-2460.
Awards & Selected Lists
- Please be aware that, as a practice, YALSA does not promote individual titles on its web site, on its discussion lists, at conferences, etc. The only books our association promotes are the ones that receive our six literary awards and/or appear on our seven annual selected lists.
- You may send your book to the persons who chair YALSA’s award and selection committees and request that they consider it for nomination for a selected list or award, but please be aware that each committee receives hundreds of books each year. You can learn more about the lists and awards at: www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists
- Contact information for all the committee chairs is available from YALSA’s web site.
- Please direct questions about YALSA’s awards and lists to Nichole O'Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.545.2433 x4387.
- YALSA does not publish reviews of young adult books. Send copies of your book to ALA's Booklist magazine and ask them to consider reviewing it.
Conferences & Symposia
- Submit a program proposal for an official YALSA program at an ALA Annual Conference. Please know that programs that focus on a single product, book or author will not be accepted. They’re due each year in May and can be completed via an online survey posted each spring on YALSA's homepage.
- YALSA hosts an annual symposium. The next one will be held in Portland, OR Nov. 6 - 8, 2015. Register or access the preliminary program.
Free Online Resources
- Friend YALSA on Facebook or “like” our Books for Teens causes page:
- Subscribe to an open discussion list about YA literature and teen reading at http://lists.ala.org/wws/info/yalsa-bk. Be sure to comply with all policies.
- Read The Hub, YALSA’s blog about YA literature, at www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/
- To find out how to promote your book via means other than an ad, check out this compilation of links to find web sites that list authors in order for schools and libraries to contact them: http://del.icio.us/alalibrary/authorvisits
- Follow YALSA on Twitter
Network with Librarians & Support Libraries
- Participate in Teen Read Week™, which is celebrated each year the third week of October. Learn more at www.ala.org/teenread.
- Individuals can join YALSA/ALA as a member at the Advocate level for $84 and get involved in the organization. Authors and publisher reps are welcome to serve on committees, like Teen Read Week. Publishing houses can join as corporate members.
- Become a Friend of YALSA: http://tinyurl.com/give/YALSA
- If you’re interested in speaking at libraries, add your name to YALSA’s young adult author page at http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/List_of_YA_Authors_by_State
- Download for free and distribute bookmarks, fliers, etc. at your speaking engagements: www.ala.org/yalsa/handouts
- If you'd like to be added to an email list to receive news and announcements about YALSA and YA literature related events, please contact email@example.com. Your email address will not be shared outside of YALSA. Messages are sent out 4 - 6 times per year
Promoting Your Award Winner or Selection
- If your title was honored by a YALSA award or by inclusion on a final selection list, publishers and authors are welcome to include mention of that online, in marketing materials, etc. For recommended language, please contact Nichole O'Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your title is a current nomination for a list, publishers and authors are welcome to include mention of that online, in marketing materials, etc. For recommended language, please contact Nichole O'Connor at email@example.com.
- YALSA wants to help you celebrate your authors' achievements! The winners and honorees are promoted all year. If your title was honored by a YALSA award, please feel free to contact Beth Yoke at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ways for promoting the winning title or author.
- Through ALA, publishers may purchase award seals in bulk quantities, as well as license the digital image of the seal for use on paperbacks and e-books. Visit www.ala.org/awardsgrants/seals for complete information.
- Since all award committee deliberations are completely closed and confidential, publishers and authors will not know or be informed if a title is under consideration or "nominated" for any of YALSA's six awards. Therefore, it is absolutely not permissible to state that a title has been nominated for a YALSA award.