Promising new publisher Musa Publishing is happy to announce the upcoming launch of their new Young Adult line, Pan GLBT YA. This new line will publish fiction that addresses the concerns of today’s GLBT youth by producing fiction that will have a cross-generational appeal.
“It has always been our plan to open this line,” says Pan co-Head Editor Elizabeth Silver. “These are books that need to be published, and we’re proud to be the house that brings them to the world. We’ll be publishing books featuring GLBT young adult characters that sound like kids and face the same kinds of issues today’s teens are experiencing.”
With a traditional YA imprint already in existence and being helmed by Ellen Brock, the other half of the Pan management team, Musa Publishing has continued to exceed expectations by branching out to fill the hole left by most publishers. This has been a constant trend for the young publisher. Early moves such as their posthumous publications of science fiction legend Homer Eon Flint and providing a haven for orphaned Realms of Fantasy magazine subscribers in their own speculative fiction magazine, Penumbra, have both set the bar high for this next step.
Musa Editorial Director, Celina Summers: “Musa is really excited to establish the Pan line, bringing GLBT literature to teens and young adults. It's important to provide these young adults with the positive reinforcement they need in order to thrive, not only as members of the gay community but as individuals who are equipped with the means and the self-confidence to make the final transition from adolescence to adulthood. By creating the Pan GLBT line of YA books, Musa Publishing is committed to offering gay teens and young adults the affirmation they need to grow. Exposure to young gay, bisexual, or transsexual characters presented in a positive manner, and dealing with conflicts and resolving them will help these young adults as they face their own conflicts in the real world, and we are pleased to support those young readers.”
The grand opening of Musa’s Pan line will be on October 19th, also known as “Spirit Day,” where students, individuals, corporations, websites and more will “go purple” in a show of solidarity with GLBT youth and to speak out against bullying. “We have chosen to launch Pan on Spirit Day because it represents positive and supportive attitudes towards GLBT youth,” says Ms. Brock. “With Pan, we will strive to produce stories that promote acceptance, tolerance, and unity, and we feel that Spirit Day embodies these goals.”
Pan’s mission is to acquire stories involving edgy, realistic topics in both contemporary and speculative settings. By handling these stories with honesty and sensitivity, Pan will publish coming of age/coming out stories that will not only give a voice to GLBT youth, but will promote compassion and understanding in readers of all ages and sexual orientations. Interested authors should follow the submission guidelines on the Musa website (musapublishing.com)