This is the view from the offices of Jill Grinberg Literary Management. I mean, this is part of the view. There was more view. Lots more. You could see the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Bridge - and who knows what you could see on a sunny day.
Jill and her team represent a lot of fabulous US authors like Marissa Meyer and Scott Westerfeld - and also a lot of favourite Australian writers, like Justine Larbalestier, Margo Lanagan, Lian Tanner, Melina Marchetta, Garth Nix and Fiona Wood (just to start with).
So she has a really interesting and broad overview of the YA publishing scene in New York, as well as a sense of Australian YA writers and publishing.
It was so lovely to come in out of the cold (the slushy, icy, rainy, foggy cold) and be welcomed with a cup of ginger tea, warm smiles from Jill, and Cheryl Pientka, and lots of love for YA.
The view outside was beautiful - but the view inside was pretty pleasing too.
Through Jill's and Cheryl’s eyes, I felt as if I caught a glimpse of a robust and growing YA market, full of great writing and strong, diverse, authentic voices, telling lots of different kinds of stories.
I learned heaps, and came away with ideas, and questions, and further avenues of research to think about.
Here are a few soundbites from our conversation that stood out to me:
'People actually know the term YA now. It's out there.’
‘The stories that are being told now are more universal.’
'Authenticity is a word we use constantly.'
'Given the size of your population, you are developing so many amazing writers. Something is going right there.'
Jill and Cheryl - thank you so much for being so generous with your time and your thoughts. I really appreciate it!
Here are some pics just for fun...