Jacquelyn Mitchard of Merit Press buys William Hazelgrove's novel Ripples

Bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard bought the rights to William Hazelgrove' s first novel Ripples for Merit Press. The Young Adult Press is looking for quality books to penetrate the billiondollar YA market.

Online PR News – 06-May-2013 – St. Charles – Chicago, IL, May 06, 2013 -- William Hazelgrove www.williamhazelgrove.com first novel is a Young Adult tale compared by United Press International to A Catcher in the Rye when it first came out with the startup Pantonne Press. The book will now get a second life in the capable hands of Jacquelyn Mitchard who is looking to bring quality Young Adult fiction to the market with Merit Press. Mitchard is already seeing possible awards for the small coming of age novel that brought rave reviews on its first release.

William Hazelgrove who always believed Ripples would do fine if it could find a wider market is very pleased with the sale. "Your first novel is your baby and when Jacquelyn said she will get it in every bookstore and library in the country I believed her. Ripples did very well even with the small press it started with. We had an order from a chain for thirty five hundred books before we even had gone to print." But the book never did get the broad distribution it needed to reach the bigger YA market. "I'm just happy to see it have a second birth.

William Hazelgrove is the author of four novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, and Rocket Man. He has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Book of the month club selections, ALA editors choice awards and optioned for movies. He wrote for the last ten years in the attic of Ernest Hemingway and has two forthcoming novels, The PItcher and Real Santa.

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