Our First Debuts: COMMON ROOM Releases Today!

Catherine FondrenToday marks the release of 15 emerging writers as the COMMON ROOM short story anthology, written by talented Wattpad teen writers and edited by the Freshman Fifteens, releases  exclusively on Wattpad.

2015 marks the beginning of our Freshman Fifteen debuts. As each release day comes, we will all reflect on the journey to publication–a journey that no doubt includes countless supporters. From critique partners to beta readers to agents to editors, we’ve had help getting to this place. Which is why we wanted to work with and mentor writers of the next generation.

We organized this contest to give teen writers a glimpse into the world of traditional publishing. From pitching their story, to working with us as their editors, to copy editing, to cover reveals, and finally, launch day.

Wattpad_Logo_OrangeWe couldn’t ask for a better partner in this project than Wattpad, which has cornered the market on fostering and supporting all writers, especially teens.

We interviewed and ran profiles on all of our COMMON ROOM writers. If you missed our last posts, get to know these writers by checking out the series of profiles we did on them here, here, and here. They have amazing insights into the future of YA. You won’t want to miss hearing what they–our target audience–want to see in YA books.

And please, show your support by reading the stories in the COMMON ROOM anthology and leaving a comment to encourage these writers to do what they love: keep writing.

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