This weekend’s New York Times featured an interesting article in the business section that details the work of Julie Strauss-Gabel, an editor at Dutton who has been part of the success of recent big titles and authors in YA literature (including John Green and Allie Condie). Green, quoted at length in the piece, actually gives her credit for helping him improve the ending of The Fault in Our Stars.
Most authors will tell you how important a good editor is, and this article describes in interesting detail the role that Strauss-Gabel has played in the process of writing and publishing. For those of you interested in these aspects of YAL, I’d suggest you give this article a read.
The article is also an important read because it discusses the shift in YA literature that has it gathering increasing attention on the part of adults.