Bitingduck Press Offers a Full Catalog of Young Adult Fiction for Spring 2014

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Independent Los Angeles-area publisher Bitingduck Press will offer three exciting young adult titles in Spring 2014. From pirates to high-school schemers to homeless youth, the books are fast-paced adventures with social commentary that will enthrall teens and adults alike.


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Smart, exciting young adult adventures that can be read and enjoyed by all ages

A self-described "publisher for the geek market," independent publisher Bitingduck Press has released 8 fiction and non-fiction titles since its incorporation in April 2012. The press also acquired Boson Books, one of the first e-publishers, and now represents over 140 titles and 70 authors. For Spring 2014, Bitingduck's fiction catalog will focus on the teen market, with three young adult adventures in a variety of genres.

"Billy Tabbs (& the Glorious Darrow)," by Michael Michaud, is a fast-paced action/adventure featuring Billy Tabbs, a youthful vagrant who has been living in the streets for as long as he can remember, scratching out a pitiable existence in a city that doesn’t much care if he lives or dies.

Amid rumors that his kind are disappearing from the alleyways and the overpasses, Billy is recruited into a bizarre homeless sect living in the underbelly of high society. It is here where he meets Darrow — the mysterious and volatile leader of an organization committed to escalating acts of civil disobedience, an organization meant to force the people of the city toward equal respect for all inhabitants of society. The society lives by the "Nine Tenets of Darrowism," which begin benignly with "All In This World Shall Be Valued Equally," and end with the mysterious "Darrow Knows."

Following a brazen public initiation, Billy is accepted into the group, soon becoming a valued member. However, as their movement gains popularity, and their own numbers continue to swell, can they avoid becoming that which they’d originally set out to fight? Compounding this disturbing trend is the growing divide among their leadership, with their ideology ever teetering between violent and non-violent activism. Equal parts harrowing, controversial, and humorous, "Billy Tabbs" explores decadence, homelessness, and the lack of compassion exhibited toward society’s most vulnerable demographics. Like Adams's "Watership Down" or Dickens' "Oliver Twist," this is truly a book for all ages. Younger readers will enjoy the action, while older teens and adults will appreciate the levels of social commentary and metaphor.

The second title will appeal to high school audiences, or anyone who remembers those years. Hunter Gardner' s "School" takes youthful entrepreneurship to its limit in a whirlwind adventure of illicit commerce. Sent to a private school after redistricting, protagonist Lucas realizes that he can build an empire. He assembles a crew that quickly becomes the go-to point for everything, from drugs to answers to exams. As the market increases, so do the stakes, as Lucas and his friends find themselves in a battlefield surrounded by cheerleaders, fraternity thugs from nearby colleges, even the school’s police officer and the head principal.

For younger readers, Amber Matteson's "The Devil, the Flame, and the Shadow" is a short, rip-roaring Caribbean romp featuring Isaac, a teenage governor's son who accidentally gets himself mixed up with pirates; Fiona, a young thief following in the footsteps of her dead father; and the Flame, a navy ship now under the control of a pirate crew.

"We always have our target audience in mind," says Jay Nadeau, Editor-in-Chief of Bitingduck Press. "Our YA titles are smart, insightful, and engage the reader's mind along with being fun adventures." "School" will also display interactive new features on some e-readers, such as accompanying color pictures and music.

Bitingduck Press will also feature non-fiction in Spring 2014. Submissions are currently being accepted for 2015 and beyond, with a particular interest in fiction about science and the lives of scientists. Bitingduck is a full-service literary press with no author fees or subventions for accepted authors; editing, formatting, cover design, and other services are available to others at hourly or per-project rates. Submissions guidelines may be found here.

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