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What's up with this New York talk?

Have you been wondering where I've been on this blog? Have you noticed me talking on Facebook or Twitter about a move and wondered what was up with that? Now, your questions can be answered! Some pretty awesome things have been happening that required me to relocate to New York City. For more on what's going on, check out the press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/03/prweb3699034.htm.

Now that it's out there, we'll have more to talk about in the next little while. I'm sure you'll have questions, and you're welcome to ask them here. (Right now, though, I'm starving and must go find myself some lunch.)

Here's what it says:

LEE & LOW BOOKS, the respected independent children's book publisher specializing in diversity, has acquired Tu Publishing, an independent press focusing on multicultural fantasy and science fiction for middle grade and young adult readers.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 9, 2010 -- LEE & LOW BOOKS, the respected independent children's book publisher specializing in diversity, has acquired Tu Publishing, an independent press focusing on multicultural fantasy and science fiction for middle grade and young adult readers.

This is a natural fit for us, says LEE & LOW publisher Jason Low. Our customers have been asking us for years to publish stories for older readers. Tu represents an excellent way for us to bring diversity to a whole new audience.

Recent controversies over whitewashing have brought widespread attention to the dearth of people of color in fantasy and science fiction stories, although avid fans of these genres have long acknowledged the problem.

Tu Publishing founder Stacy Whitman began the press in 2009 to address the need for more books featuring diverse characters and inspired by non-Western cultures, a need that she had seen as both a reader and an editor of fantasy and science fiction.

Supporters met Whitmans project with great enthusiasm and donated funds via the online organization Kickstarter to help launch the company. Through many small donations, Tu Publishing surpassed its $10,000 goal, catching the attention of LEE & LOW.

The fact that Tu was able to raise so much money indicates that there is a real need for this, says Low. Since Tu will now become an imprint of LEE & LOW, all money will be refunded to donors.

The outpouring of support on the Kickstarter project and from childrens book professionals validates my mission, and the opportunity to join forces with LEE & LOW, with its vast experience publishing diverse childrens books, will allow me to accomplish my goals even beyond what I could have expected, Whitman explains.

Whitman will join LEE & LOW as editorial director of the new imprint, which will undergo a slight name change to Tu Books. Several manuscripts are already under consideration for possible acquisition, with hopes of releasing the first books under the new imprint in 2011.

Originally published at Stacy Whitman\\\\\\\'s Grimoire.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
I am SO psyched about this!!! This must be so exciting!

Oh, woman in my crit group send in a submission just before I got FB announcement that something was up. Should she re-submit?
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
If she sent it to Utah, it should be forwarded, but if she's worried that it didn't make it, she's welcome to re-submit due to the transition.
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! I thought of her story immediately when you first posted about Tu. Glad I knew someone to send your way, since I do ZILCH with multi-cultural (maybe someday, but nothing currently in the hopper).
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Congratulations!
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! As a New Yorker, I welcome you!
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for Lee & Low and for you, Stacy! Enjoy NYC and your new job as an Editorial Director. Hooray!

Nancy Werlin
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Mar. 9th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! This is really exciting!!
Mar. 9th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so thrilled for everyone involved!

When the dust clears, let me know if/when you're up for a Cynsations interview. It'll be one heck of an editor update!

Your friend & fan, Cyn
Mar. 9th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I just saw this on another blog! What wonderful news! Congratulations, Stacey! This is just such a great outcome for Tu Publishing. :D
Mar. 9th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to both you and Lee and Low! I hope Tu Books flourishes. Actually, I know it will.
Mar. 9th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
WOOHOOO! Congratulations again! :) Looking forward to all the wonderful titles you'll publish!
Mar. 10th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I was so happy to hear the news. Congrats. I think your story of how you started Tu Publishing shows the power of a dream and how the help of all of us can contribute to the creation of something awesome. Good luck.
Mar. 10th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
OMG Stacy, you FREAKIN ROCK!!!!!
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Wow, congratulations!
This is excellent news. How exciting. I'm so glad to hear all the wonderful things happening with Tu. Congratulations on your success!
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: Wow, congratulations!
Um, yeah. I mean, from Nichole Giles. =)
Mar. 10th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
So exciting for you Stacey!
Mar. 10th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
Great news, Stacy! I hope you get to light in NYC for a good while! I think it's your kinda town.
Mar. 13th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
A snoopy dance is being performed for you! *dances*

But Stacy, what if we don't want our money refunded? I was looking forward to that illustration inside my book from you. :)

Heather Z.
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