Stacy Whitman is the founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books that publishes diverse middle grade and young adult fiction. Books she has edited include American Indian Youth Literature YA Award and Top Ten Quick Picks title Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac, Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid, and Summer of the Mariposas and Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. In 2013, Stacy founded the New Visions Award, which honors a new unpublished writer of color. The first New Visions Award winner was Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani, which garnered a starred review from Kirkus and Shelf Awareness, was on the Lone Star Reading List and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Teen Books of 2015, and won the Asian/Pacific American Award Honor for Literature from APALA. The most recent New Visions Award winners to be published are Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh (Sept 2017) and Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (October 2017), both of which have received multiple starred reviews. Look for her first graphic novel, I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, in early October.
Stacy is a founding member of the CBC Diversity Committee and currently serves as a Publisher Liaison to We Need Diverse Books. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from Simmons College. You can find her on Twitter at @stacylwhitman.
Prior to launching Tu Books, she was an editor for Mirrorstone, the children’s and young adult fantasy/SF imprint of Wizards of the Coast. She has edited elementary school textbooks at Houghton Mifflin, interned at the Horn Book Magazine and Guide, and spent a brief stint in grad school working as a bookseller.
See the submission guidelines for Tu Books for more information on submissions. The submission guidelines may occasionally be closed, so be sure to check the page before submitting. (Also note: no picture books, and no email submissions.)
DO NOT EMAIL ME YOUR MANUSCRIPT. I DO NOT TAKE EMAILED SUBMISSIONS.
NOTE: Please do not email me to review your book on my website. I AM NOT A REVIEWER or a journalist. If you are a writer, please do check out my submission guidelines and the archives of this site before emailing me to ask about word counts, the difference between YA and middle grade, what I’m looking for, etc. I am glad to answer general questions on this blog, but due to time constraints, cannot answer every question specific to a particular book.