Cutting to the Chase: 3 High-Interest YA Series for Reluctant Readers

By Amy Fitzgerald, Editor

Confession time: I have a shamefully short attention span. When I think about certain books I read as a kid, I’m amazed that I had the patience to get through them. One recent evening, I got home from work, looked at the stack of verging-on-overdue novels I’d checked out from the library weeks earlier, thought “Nope,” and cued up the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Read More

The Art of Copyediting High-Low Fiction

copyediting high-low fiction

By Kayla Pawek, Editor

For most of the titles on our list, copyediting is the most straightforward part of the editing process. This is true because most of our books are leveled nonfiction. Our in-house copy editor knows that she’s responsible for fixing grammar spots, adjusting formatting, and ensuring text is appropriately leveled for the book’s target audience.

But fiction, especially high-low fiction (which we publish in our Darby Creek imprint), isn’t straightforward. It’s artistic, subjective, and varies in style from story to story. Read More

Open Call: Work-for-Hire Authors [High Interest/Low Reading Level]

Darby Creek call for submission high interest low reading level

By Amy Fitzgerald, Editor 

“Everyone has that struggle subject in school,” says Darby Creek editor Mandi Janikowski.

“For me, it was math. I didn’t get it, didn’t care about it, didn’t want to learn more about it. So while reading has never been a problem for me, I can imagine how struggling and reluctant readers must feel when it’s time to pick out a book in school. That’s what makes working with the Darby Creek imprint one of my favorite things about my job.”

I feel the same way. The main goal of Darby Creek is to create books that appeal to struggling and reluctant readers, giving them an enjoyable reading experience that encourages them to pick up another book.

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