Class of 2K17


UPDATE: The Class of 2K17 is now FULL. We had a huge amount of interest this year and the group filled just a few minutes after opening. If you’d like to be placed on the waiting list in case someone drops out, (publication dates can and do change, and we may lose a few members)  feel free to fill out the application at the bottom of this post. 

What is the Class of 2K17?

The “2K Classes” are groups of debut YA/MG authors who focus on MARKETING. We pay dues ($275 per person), maintain a private forum, create a website, and commit to 10-15 hours per month to collectively promote our books. Membership is capped at 20 authors, and the 2k Classes have become well-known among librarians and booksellers, so there are benefits to joining.



The first 2K Class was founded in 2007 by Greg R. Fishbone and has been a strong promotional network/outlet for debut YA and MG authors every year since. Here are some 2k alumni you might be familiar with: Jay Asher, Melissa Marr, Rebecca Stead, Sara Zarr, Jo Knowles, Nancy Viau, Sydney Salter, Rhonda Hayter, Jeri Smith-Ready, and Jennifer Hubbard, among many other talented authors. And word on the street is that there might be a 2K Alumni group formed in the future. Here are links to check out the past few years of the Class of 2K websites, books and members:

(Class websites from 2K13 and earlier are no longer available.)


Class Mission Statement:

The Class of 2K is a community of YA/MG debut novelists banding together to use group synergy to promote their books. Typically, group activities include developing common promotional materials (website, blog, other social media, postcards, brochures, etc.); creating press releases and/or hiring a group publicist; forming panels to speak at conferences; and supporting one another while sharing information about the publishing world as we discover it.


Membership Requirements:


1. This must be your first book in YA/MG fiction, and your book must be scheduled for release in 2017.*


2. Your publisher must be listed in Children’s Writers and Illustrators Marketplace or be an SCBWI PAL publisher. Also, your publisher must be based in the USA.


3. You are required to commit 10-15 hours per month to the group and pay the required dues of $275.


4. Seriously. 10-15 hours a month—that’s not a joke. Everyone must pull their weight or it’s not fair to the rest of the group.


5. Your deal must have been announced in Publisher’s Marketplace or Publisher’s Weekly and have a confirmed 2017 date.**

* If your first publisher did not meet the listed requirement (i.e. self-published, adult book), but your current publisher does, then you can still be considered a “debut” author.

**If your book has SOLD, but has not been announced yet and has a confirmed 2017 pub date, please email me for details.



How to Apply:

I will be chairing this year’s group, so if you’d like to join the class, please apply via this link: Class of 2K17 Membership Application. If you need more information, feel free to email me at breeanashields (at) gmail (dot) com

Applications will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis (according to eligibility.) Spots fill up fast so don’t procrastinate. We look forward to meeting you.

All best,
Breeana Shields
2k17 President
breeanashields (at) gmail (dot) com

Rosalyn Eves
rosalyneveswriter (at) gmail (dot) com

Danielle Mages Amato
danielle.m.amato (at) gmail (dot) com


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