Episode 40 • December 31, 2020

The biggest YA book takeaways from 2020

Show Notes

Things changed this year, even for YA books. Let’s talk about it.


There’s a lot to say about 2020. Like every other industry, publishing wasn’t spared from the pandemic. Readers and authors around the world reckoned with the current events that shaped our lives.

As we say goodbye to 2020, we look back at some of the biggest changes and themes we saw in YA books and publishing as a whole. One thing is for certain: things definitely changed this year.

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In this episode:

  • Thank you for the kind reviews and comments we’ve received in recent months!
  • Are we seeing less YA book movie adaptations? Are television adaptations the new endgame?
  • Book marketing has really transformed this year. There are some upsides and downsides.
  • Authors seem more accessible to international readers.
  • This was a tough year for anyone who loved BookCon and BookExpo. Will we ever see book conventions like these again?
  • Readers have been holding authors and publishers accountable — but that was even more true this year.
  • Everyone should reflect on the books they choose to promote and give prominence to.

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