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June 28th - OPEN - Krista Vitola Crit-N-Chats, (Limited to 5 Writers)

Submissions Due Now. Crit-N-Chats Go Live on June 28th,

Krista Vitola, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Manuscripts due Now

Crit-N-Chat in June 28th @ 6:30 PM EST


A bit more about Krista

Krista Vitola is a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and specializes in middle-grade and young adult fiction. Her interests range from voice-driven commercial narratives to emotionally layered complex stories that deal with multiculturalism and LGBTQ. She will also never turn down a sports novel, even though she was (and still is) not very good at them. Her heart always gravitates toward strong friendship stories, sister stories, conflicting relationships, and environments that spark one’s imagination. She is not a fan of high fantasy or science fiction in her YA. She has worked with New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck, multi-state award winner Dana Alison Levy, award-winning author Donna Gephart, and New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel. She is currently working on New York Times bestselling author, Tommy Wallach’s new epic YA trilogy and is eagerly acquiring literary middle-grade novels with commercial appeal in her new role. She hopes to find more beautifully written, visual stories that will steal her heart.

For critiques, Krista prefers MG—that’s her sweet spot, but second to that would be YA and then nonfiction. She doesn't really acquire picture books, but she's happy to provide critique in this genre category.

Our Crit-N-Chat sessions are live on our Zoom platform. You will meet one-on-one with Krista about your manuscript. There will be time to also ask other pressing questions about your story or other stories.

Please know these chats will fill quickly, so please register at your earliest convenience to hold your spot.

If you have questions, please email Jodell at [email protected]




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