Tuesday, January 26, 2010

inkpop - a social network for teen writers

inkpop is an online community that connects rising stars in teen lit with talent-spotting readers and publishing professionals.
Its social networking forum spotlights aspiring authors and the readers who provide the positive springboard for feedback. inkpop members play a critical role in deciding who will land a publishing contract with HarperCollins.

Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, said: “Teens are a key consumer group with significant financial impact. Teen fiction is one of the most robust and fastest-growing categories in publishing today.”

Since its "soft-launch" debut in November 2009, inkpop has attracted more than 10,000 members, who have submitted close to 11,000 novels, poems, essays, and short stories. HarperCollins says visitors are teens ages 13 and older, from 109 different countries and territories, though the site is only available in English.

HarperCollins says it will announce partnerships throughout the year that will further enrich the inkpop community experience for teen members. The publishers says it’s working on bringing other formats such as photography, video and artwork sharing to inkpop, in order to enhance projects and promote additional forms of creativity.

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