Aubrey Poole at Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson has acquired at auction North American rights to The 96 Words for Love, a debut YA novel by designer and author Rachel Roy (l.) in collaboration with Ava Dash, her 17-year-old daughter. A modern retelling of the classic Indian legend of Shakuntala and Dushyanta, the novel follows Raya as she leaves her California life behind to visit an ashram in India in an attempt to confront the sources of her anxiety and realize her place in the world—and, maybe, even fall in love. Publication is scheduled for winter 2018; Kirsten Neuhaus at Foundry Literary + Media represented Roy, and Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media represented the packager, In This Together Media.
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.
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.