Interview with Nicole Langan, Founder of Tribute Books

Beginning in 2012, Tribute Books will become solely an ebook publisher of young adult titles. In 2011, Tribute Books celebrated its 7th year as an independent publisher for independent writers. We got a chance to interview their founder, Nicole Langan, to talk about this most recent development.

It looks like 2012 is going to be a great year for Tribute Books. What made you decide to enter the YA market?

First and foremost, I am a fan of the young adult genre. I think with the enormous popularity of the Twilight and Hunger Games series, it has opened the flood gates for readers of all ages to enjoy the type of escape these books provide. Plus, I feel the quality of writing in the current young adult market can hold its own against any other literary category. The stories might be marketed to teens, but their crossover appeal can delight the sensibilities of a more adult reader.

What prompted the decision to be solely an ebook publisher for this market?

Without a doubt, it was the level of passion shown by young adult fans for the books they love. That level of enthusiasm for reading truly inspires me as a publisher. I love seeing the outpouring of support throughout the social media spectrum for titles like Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series or Cassandra Clare’s uber-popular Mortal Instruments installments. Their excitement for the written word makes me want to get up in the morning.

Will you consider printed YA books in the future?

At this point, we’re probably going to remain focused on the ebook market. The book industry is in such a state of flux right now, it is probably best to wait and see how the dust settles before committing to offer future print publications.

Is there a particular story or stories for this market you’re hoping a writer brings to you?

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m flooded with submissions of some damn good writing. For me, the particular focus isn’t so much of a priority as the overall quality of the author’s ability. If it’s good, I think avid readers will want to check it out regardless of what particular niche it falls into. If the buzz is positive, I feel readers will take a chance on different aspects of the young adult genre.

What are some of the most important skills a writer must have in order to be considered by Tribute Books?

My preference is to work with authors who have been previously published by a royalty-paying press. Ones that know the ins and outs of what it means to promote a book. I’m looking for authors who know what it means to have an established social media presence and are committed to maintaining a blog, Twitter account and Facebook page on a daily basis. If they’re willing to commit to the time and effort it takes to promote, then I’m here to help them every step of the way.

Here are additional details from Tribute Books:

  • They seek those who have experience having their work edited and know the effort required for successful book promotion.
  • There would be NO charge for authors, and those selected would receive 50% of the net retail price in royalties.
  • To begin, they’re looking to work with 12 authors in 2012, publishing one per month.
  • Tribute Books is a traditional publisher, not a vanity press.

Visit Tribute Books online at to view their submissions guidelines.