Popular YA authors and married couple Nicola and David Yoon have announced their plans to launch Joy Revolution, an imprint dedicated to publishing stories centered around people of color.
In a statement for Publisher’s Weekly, Nicola said, “I loved romantic comedies and romance novels when I was younger … but as much as I loved those titles, they always left me with nagging questions: where were the girls who looked like me? Didn’t black girls ever fall in love? The Joy Revolution imprint is all about telling stories of big love.”
The imprint will be overseen by Wendy Loggia of Delacorte Press, with an editor within Delacorte acquiring and shaping the titles, according to the report.
David said in the same Publisher’s Weekly article, “After a literal lifetime of waiting for more romantic literary heroes who look like us — largely to no avail — we’re thrilled to help take the lead in making sure those heroes’ stories are told to a wide and beautifully diverse audience.”
The Yoons are both already well-established in the YA sphere, each with multiple published novels featuring main characters of color. Nicola is the author of bestselling books Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star, both of which have been adapted to film. David published his debut novel, Frankly in Love, last year, and his sophomore title, Super Fake Love Song, will hit shelves next month.
Both Nicola and David plan to continue writing individual novels under their respective imprints, David with Putnam and Nicola with Delacorte Press. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see what awesome titles this duo will come out with when Joy Revolution launches in 2022.