Kelly Delaney at Knopf has acquired at auction In This Together Media’s anthology Nevertheless, We Persisted, a collection of essays from actors, activists, politicians, athletes, business leaders, and others — including DeRay McKesson, Alia Shawkat, Azure Antoinette, and many more. Each author’s essay will include a time in their teen years when they were held back due to their race, gender, sexual identity, or other factors, but refused to take no for an answer. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media negotiated the deal for North American rights. 10% of royalties will be donated to Girls Write Now.
Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press has acquired film producer Emily Ziff Griffin‘s debut novel, Light Years, in which a virus sweeping the globe is more than just a disease, and brilliant teenage coder Luisa Vazquez-Jones is more than just your average girl. Publication is set for May 2017; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights on behalf of the author and In This Together Media.
As published by Adrienne Burke for Yahoo!
One year before Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book pointed out to the world that girls who demonstrate leadership skills on the playground get labeled “bossy,” Carey Albertine and Saira Rao started a company to tackle that problem at its root.
When I tell people what I do, they cringe. Seriously cringe—as though I’ve just pinched them or recounted a dramatic history of medieval bloodletting. I teach ninth-grade English. On cue, they are abuzz with stories of memorizing Shakespearean soliloquies and reciting conjugations of irregular verbs. I admit this is only a small part of what I do (the bloodletting, not the recitation of irregular verbs). Predictably, the conversation veers toward the demographic composition of my inner-city charter school and how it must be so difficult to teach English to those children. How it must be impossible to make those students read because their parents probably don’t know who Shakespeare is.
As published by Evie Nagy for Fast Company
In the new novel Aspen by Rebekah Crane, the teenage title character is an awkward, artsy kid who gets into a car accident that kills the most popular girl at school. The book traces the bizarre fallout in her Boulder, Colorado, community, as well as Aspen’s relationship with her stoner mom. But unlike the typical after school-special YA fare, the drug part of the tale isn’t entirely cautionary.
“The mom is a flawed character—she had Aspen under a tree at a Widespread Panic concert at 16,” says Carey Albertine, cofounder of the book’s Denver-based publisher In This Together Media. “There’s a parade of men through the house, and she smokes pot, which is not great—Aspen will mention that her mom hasn’t gotten off the couch for a while. But their relationship is also funny and warm, and for all her flaws you also see how loving and nurturing she is to Aspen.”
As published by by Joe Meyers for CT Post
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet and digital communication, Saira Rao was able to move from Greenwich to Denver recently without ever interrupting the work of her young adult publishing company, In This Together. Rao founded the company last year with her college pal, Carey Albertine, in an effort to produce books that empower young women rather than talk down to them or exploit their sexuality.
Carey Albertine and Saira Rao met rushing the same sorority at the University of Virginia and have worked well together ever since. Albertine and Rao join the ranks of highly successful U.Va. alumnae Iris has interviewed. Their publishing company In This Together Media publishes “great books about real girls,” with the purpose of inspiring women and girls through reading.
As published by Jacoba Urist for Today
A few days ago, my 4-year old son posed a tricky parenting question: “Why doesn’t Wonder Woman wear any pants? The other superheroes do.” He’s right. All the major male superheroes — Batman, Spidey, Captain America — fight supervillians fully dressed, albeit in form-fitting costumes. Yet their most prominent female partner is running around in a push-up corset and high-heeled boots.
As published by Reel Girl
After Jezebel posted about Reel Girl’s Gallery of Girls Gone Missing From Children’s Movies in 2013 and the general lack of narratives for kids with strong female protagonists, I received a Tweet from In This Together Media. That’s a publishing company founded by best friends Carey Albertine and Saira Rao, with a goal to put out smart, funny Middle Grade and Young Adult books starring complex, believable, female protagonists.
Intrigued and excited, I interviewed co-founder Carey Albertine.
“I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time.”
Thomas Jefferson – letter to John Wyche, 1809.