Hello everyone! I’m pleased to welcome Jean Feiwel to the blog today, celebrating the recent launch of Macmillan’s new YA romance imprint and community, Swoon Reads. Swoon Reads is a really cool concept and I highly recommend you check it out– especially the writers among you!


Swoon Reads is a new YA romance community for writers and readers, but even more exciting is that it is a revolutionary new crowd sourced romance imprint that is dedicated to publishing books that capture the intensity and excitement of teen love.

So what does that mean?

Are you a writer and working on a YA romance novel? You can submit your manuscript to Swoon Reads. They accept any genre: historical, adventure, paranormal, contemporary, etc.

As a reader, you can become intimately involved with the publishing process by reading, rating, and commenting on submissions. The manuscripts achieving the highest ratings by readers and the Swoon Reads editorial team will be published in both print and e-book formats. Some manuscripts have already been submitted and are generating great discussion!

Swoon Reads wants to give you the opportunity to see what goes on behind the publishing process and you get to decide what they publish!


Jen: What’s your top setting for a romance?

JF: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Jen: If you HAD to choose: who is your OTP (One True Pairing) from any medium?

JF: Nicholas Brody and Carrie Mathison from HOMELAND

Jen: And finally, what is your favorite FILMED romance moment? (Think Grey’s Anatomy: “Pick me, choose me, love me,” When Harry Met Sally on New Year’s Eve, any incarnation of Darcy/Lizzie Bennet FINALLY getting together, just as an example of a few of my favorites… ;) )

JF: The ‘Dirty Dancing’ scene with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone from CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.

Jen: Thank you so much for stopping by, Jean!


Jean Feiwel is the Senior Vice President and Publisher of Feiwel and Friends and Square Fish imprints of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She spent over 20 years at Scholastic where she was the architect for their Trade Publishing programs and imprints, as well as the creator of bestselling series, including The Baby Sitters Club, Goosebumps, Animorphs, and Dear America. In 2006 she joined Macmillan and founded Feiwel and Friends and Square Fish, Macmillan’s paperback division. Feiwel and Friends publishes bestselling and acclaimed authors, including Nancy Tillman, Marissa Meyer, Catherynne M. Valente, Ann M. Martin, Michael Grant, Katherine Applegate, and James Preller. Square Fish was launched with the reissue of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time Quintet and now published over 350 titles, including Speak, Tuck Everlasting, The Cricket in Times Square, and Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty. In 2009, Feiwel was also named Publishing Director of Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. She lives in Westchester County with her family.