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The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro

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Four Anchors


You’re ready for something that’s deeper than the Mariana Trench. You need a book that will bring tears to your eyes and encourage conversation that will carry on long into the night.

Three Anchors


Batten down the hatches. This book will make you smile one moment and then pull your heartstrings all the way down to Davy Jones Locker. Get ready for some fun book club talks that also touch on serious social issues.

Two Anchors


Ahoy mateys! This book will put the wind in your sails and lead you on a gently rolling adventure that will leave you and your friends on the edge of your seats.

One Anchor


Hang on to your buoys! This fun, fearless, flirty book will leave you and your friends laughing as you talk about your favorite scenes and characters.


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Deb Werksman

Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Casablanca

What I'm looking for:
Single title romance in all subgenres: paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary, erotic romance with:
* a main character the reader can relate to
* a love interest she can fall in love with
* an imaginative, credible world gets created into which the reader can escape
* a hook we can sell within 2-3 sentences
* a career arc for the author (in other words, this book begins a series or begins a career that we can build)

I'm also looking for:
Commercial women's fiction with a strong hook and an unusual angle.

Right now, please don't send me...
Deep, dark, depressing—gotta have a happy ending or it's not my revolution

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Think strategically about your career.

I love my job because...
I get paid to read romance fiction! And because the romance community is warm, collegial and loves to have fun.

I keep my reading pile...
In several locations—stacked in organized fashion around my bedroom, in a bag that I carry with me everywhere I go, on my e-reader, and on my desk. It kind of moves around constantly.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Walking on the boardwalk along the Long Island Sound, riding my pink and purple bike, knitting, needlepointing or doing yoga, de-cluttering my house, or sitting in my garden.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Publishers Lunch, Dear Author, Smart Bitches, RT, Publishers Weekly

Where you'll find me:
Novelists, Inc., BEA, RWA and RT Booklovers convention every year

Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line 203-876-9790

We're pleased to share that No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen has received a STARRED review from Kirkus

Kirkus says No Earls Allowed is "Bright, funny, poignant, and entertaining - everything historical romance fans could ask for."

No Earls Allowed 9781492639015by Shana Galen

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: March 6th, 2018

Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady can do anything a man can do: backwards and in high-heeled dancing slippers.

Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.

Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.

Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance...


We're also happy to share that Kirkus gave Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London a great review, calling it "A fun start to a sexy, engaging series."

9781492655176Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication Date: March 6th, 2018

Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

Everybody's talking about the hot new app reviewing New York's most eligible bachelors. But why focus on prince charming when you can read the latest dirt on the lowest-ranked "Bad Bachelors"—NYC's most notorious bad boys.

If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone's gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an 'image fixer' but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.

When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer's workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn't buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. But as she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there's more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.


Both full reviews will appear in the January 15th issue of Kirkus.

There can be no doubt that publishing is in a state of transformation. Indeed, some pundits use the words “upheaval,” or worse, “collapse.” Here at Sourcebooks, we’re choosing “change,” and we couldn’t be more excited about all the new opportunities to connect authors and readers. In short, we embrace change – it’s been the one thrilling constant amidst 20+ years of the Sourcebooks story.

It all started in 1987 when a determined Dominique Raccah left a promising career with advertising giant Leo Burnett, cashed in $17,000 from her 401K plan and launched a publishing house from her upstairs bedroom in Naperville, Illinois. She called it Sourcebooks.

Over the years, Sourcebooks has grown and flourished by following its independent vision, and by publishing extraordinary authors and unique books with readers in mind. Noted for its strong publicity and marketing efforts on behalf of its authors and retailer partners, Sourcebooks stands today as one of the leading and largest independent publishers in North America.

Founded with one title, Financial Sourcebooks Sources, Sourcebooks initially focused on publishing professional finance titles and books for bankers. In the early 1990s, Sourcebooks had its initial success in bookstores with business titles like The Small Business Survival Guide and The Complete Book of Business Plans, titles that continued to thrive for the company for two decades.

Sourcebooks also began expanding outside business and finance with a highly successful gift book for women entitled Finding Time. In 1993, Sourcebooks partnered with retailer Sally Beauty Supply to develop and publish 500 Beauty Solutions, later expanded to 1001 Beauty Solutions. These books led to Sourcebooks’ first six-figure print runs and furthered its reach into other general trade books and nonbookstore markets. From the early 1990s to today, self-help, parenting, business and reference books have always formed a backbone of the Sourcebooks list.

In 1997, just ten years after its conception, Sourcebooks was listed by trade magazine Publishers Weekly as the sixth-fastest-growing small publisher in the country; it would move up to No. 3 the next year. Its 1999 appearance at No. 2 was Sourcebooks’ final time on the list—the company quickly could no longer be classified as “small.” Sourcebooks’ sales figures also reflected its success by doubling every two years during this era.

Sourcebooks’ growth has also been due in part to frequent acquisitions of imprints that continue to thrive today. In 1996, Sourcebooks added Casablanca Press with its love- and romance-oriented self-help books, including the legendary bestseller 1001 Ways To Be Romantic by Gregory Godek. Now dubbed Sourcebooks Casablanca, the imprint has grown to encompass relationship, sex and wedding titles and in 2007 began publishing romance fiction.

Sphinx Publishing, a publisher of consumer-oriented self-help law books, joined Sourcebooks in 1997, and in 1998 Sourcebooks purchased Hysteria Publications, a Connecticut-based publisher of humor and women’s interest books.

Sourcebooks’ growth accelerated rapidly from there. In 1998, the publisher broke all boundaries with We Interrupt This Broadcast, by Joe Garner. The book, featuring two compact discs with integrated content, was the introduction of a new genre for the publishing industry and the birth of a new chapter for Sourcebooks. It was also by far Sourcebooks' largest first printing and it went on to become Sourcebooks’ first New York Times bestseller. The brilliant pairing of live audio with photographs and the written word resonated enormous interest within the bookselling community and generated nearly ¾ million copies sold to date.

In 1999, the sports-themed follow-up, And The Crowd Goes Wild, landed in stores by the pallet for the holiday season. Featuring compact discs narrated by Bob Costas, the book was an immediate sensation, spending nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In Publishers Weekly’s ranking of the bestsellers of 1999, the trade publication identified Sourcebooks with five books from three different authors. This put Sourcebooks with the same volume as publishers and imprints twice its size and six times its age, such as Knopf, Morrow, Norton and Houghton Mifflin.

The new century dawned brightly as Sourcebooks celebrated January 2000 with two titles on the first New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list of the twenty-first century. Shortly thereafter, it became the only book publisher named to that year's prestigious Inc. 500, the annual ranking of America’s fastest-growing companies.

Later in the year 2000, Sourcebooks formalized the launch of its Sourcebooks MediaFusion imprint, today the nation's leading publisher of integrated mixed-media projects. And The Crowd Goes Wild merited a follow-up, And The Fans Roared, which became a holiday favorite, hitting the New York Times list in January 2001.

In 2001, Sourcebooks MediaFusion reinvigorated the way Americans experience poetry with Poetry Speaks, a book and three-CD combination featuring noted poets from Tennyson to Plath reading their own work. This remarkable anthology, a Los Angeles Times and New York Times bestseller, was lauded by Publishers Weekly as having "the potential to draw more readers to poetry than any collection in years."

2001 also featured the launch of our fiction imprint, Sourcebooks Landmark, so named to reflect the quality, value and longevity of its books. Tony Parsons’ Man and Boy, the 2000 British Book of the Year, and bookseller favorite Michael Malone led the way. Malone returned to writing fiction after a ten-year absence with the New York Times bestseller First Lady, as well as reissues of all his backlist, including Handling Sin, Foolscap, Time’s Witness and Uncivil Seasons.

Sourcebooks again claimed space on bestseller lists in spring 2003, placing Charles Cerami's engrossing history Jefferson's Great Gamble on the New York Times nonfiction hardcover list. At the same time, chef Cary Neff's unique and flavorful style of cooking made Conscious Cuisine a favorite. Despite the fact that Sourcebooks had little experience publishing cookbooks, and boosted by an appearance on Oprah, Conscious Cuisine made Neff a New York Times bestselling author.

In 2004 and 2005, Sourcebooks began developing its first calendar list, dedicated to publishing unique and contentful wall and box calendars. Perhaps best known for its bestselling edgy political calendars, its successful line now grows each year with hits like Getting in Touch with Your Inner Bitch, The History Channel On This Day and The Weather Channel.

Later in 2005, the renowned Poetry Speaks finally got its follow-up book, but not the sort you’d expect. The publisher took an audacious detour and released its first children’s picture book, Poetry Speaks to Children. The unique grouping of poems, illustrations and a CD of poets reading their own work delighted booksellers and found its way into the hearts of parents, teachers and children alike. It also found its way to the New York Times bestsellers list for ten weeks, the longest of any Sourcebooks title at the time. The title eventually marked the springboard for the launch of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, a children’s imprint started in 2007. Though a fresh face in the children’s section, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky quickly published several bestsellers, including the picture book I Love You More, by Laura Duksta, illustrated by Karen Keesler, and the revolutionary book-plus-CD poetry anthology Hip Hop Speaks to Children, edited by Nikki Giovanni.

2007 also featured the extension of our Sourcebooks Casablanca imprint into the realm of romance fiction, almost immediately establishing itself as a top 10 publisher in the genre. In a wide variety of romance genres and in multiple formats, our Casablanca authors continue to enthrall. Late in 2008, legendary independent publisher Cumberland House joined Sourcebooks as an imprint, bringing with it nearly 100 authors and notable New York Times bestsellers from Gregory E. Lang. 2010 ushered in an imprint for young adult audiences, Sourcebooks Fire, committed to bringing exciting voices to the next generation of readers. In addition, children’s and gift book author Marianne Richmond and her 70+ books joined the team and quickly added a huge new title, picture book phenomenon If I Could Keep You Little.

But the Sourcebooks story is not one just of bestsellers lists and major accomplishments. It’s the story of its roster of hundreds of talented writers and a growing number of hard-working, book-loving employees. Most books don’t make the Times’ bestsellers lists, but Sourcebooks’ titles will have an impact and they will find their way into people’s lives.

If the Times had lists for genres like college guides, Sourcebooks would be there, right at the top (Fiske Guide to Colleges). The story is similar for college life books (The Naked Roommate, by Harlan Cohen). And Jane Austen sequels, where Sourcebooks Landmark has become the unquestioned worldwide leader in Austen continuations. And baby names, where nearly 3 of every 5 baby names book buyers goes home with a Sourcebooks publication. And Valentine’s Day gift books (Love Coupons, by Gregory Godek). And grieving/recovery books (I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye, by Brook Noel). And wall calendars (George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown; Barack Obama: Words of Hope and Inspiration). And the list goes on.

Today, Sourcebooks continues to publish authors in countless subjects and styles, and in formats both classically physical and dynamically digital. The eclectic and exciting breadth of its list—nonfiction in most categories, commercial and historical fiction, romance novels, gift books, college-bound materials, calendars, children’s books and more—is unmatched anywhere. Its future is guided by its continuing commitment to reaching readers with books that will illuminate, inspire and enlighten their lives.

To be continued…


Pat Hughes

Harry Caray: Voice of the Fans

Pat Hughes has been a big league baseball broadcaster for 25 seasons—12 with the Chicago Cubs on WGN-Radio, 12 with the Milwaukee Brewers, and one with the Minnesota Twins. His Baseball Voices: The Hall Of Fame Series of audio CDs has featured Harry Caray, Jack Buck and Marty Brennaman. Now in production are Bob Uecker and Harry Callas, with many more to follow. Pat lives near Chicago with his wife, Trish, and daughters Janell and Amber.

I.  FIRST PRIORITY:  Give the Host what he/she wants.
Remember why they booked you!
            A.  Your goal is not to teach your whole book.
            B.  You only have a limited amount of time.

II. NEXT PRIORITY:  Sell, Sell, Sell
     You cannot impact people unless you persuade them to seek out and find your book in the store or online.
   A.  You only have a short amount of time
   B.  Good Sales: It’s all about NEED

  • Creating the NEED and meeting that need. They should naturally want to turn to your advice.
  • The goal is to move the audience to act, they should want to do something after they hear you. (Amazon, Google, Talk to friends, go to a bookstore)

   C.  Good Sales: Becoming likable

  • Have Energy - Smile, be enthusiastic and fun; have high energy
  • Consider The Oprah factor – Connecting Emotionally is everything.
    • (a)  Share “personals”
      i. Favorites
      ii. Anecdotes
      iii. Loved Ones
  • Be Humble – Act classy, respectful, smart, and fun

(Money Soundbites about the book)

   A. You must have THREE MESSAGES in your back pocket

  • This must be your brand - repeated over and over in every interview, every event, every stranger who asks about the book.
  • Practice until they are Automatic

   B.  Have a clean copy of your THREE MESSAGES

   A.  Opening: How are we doing today?

  • This is the most important part of the interview; it establishes rapport, chemistry.

   B.  Delivering the PITCHED INTERVIEW: Follow the host, but remember your messages

  • Do not repeat your title over and over.
  • OK:  “What I wrote in my book was…”

   C. Talking about your book: Remember the THREE MESSAGES! 

All interview discussions that center on your book will involve these questions:

   (1) Uniqueness – “Breaking New Ground Here!” 
   In some form they will ask what’s different or new about the book. (Three Messages)

  • Commandment:  Do not let them pigeon hole the book.
  • EG:  I’ve seen books like these before.
    • NO - IT IS UNIQUE, UNIQUE UNIQUE. There is no other book like mine!

   (2)  Devil’s Advocate – The Other Side 
   This is the best opportunity to talk about the book.

  • What is the other side of my opinion? Be ready to answer this:
    • “That’s why I wrote the book on this…”
    • “What I wrote in Chapter 5 is…”
  • Commandment:  You must answer anythingthat hints that the audience does not need this book.

   (3)  Purpose – Why is this important?
   In some form they will ask, “What is the BIG DEAL?” (Three Messages)

  • Your Audience is asking: What do I get?
  • EG:  What made you write this book? Why is it relevant?  Is this common or widespread?
    • Tie into what is happening today
    • Illustrate with personal anecdotes

   (4)  Zingers - Questions that are completely from left field, or make you look bad.
   When in Doubt, go to your THREE MESSAGES!

  • Handling Zingers: Validate the host, then quickly bridge back to your prepared messages. (One liner – Bridge – Message)
  • Joke
    • One liner:  “I bet that was fun!”  “First time I ever heard of that!” “Ha, I’d hate to be that guy!”... (Bridge) “but as I was saying earlier”… (hit Three Messages)
    •   Bridges:
      • “But what I wrote in my book is…”
      • “But as I was saying earlier”
      • “But what’s even funnier is”
      • “But seriously…”
  • Serious
    • One liner:  “That’s a good point,”  “That’s a popular opinion,”  “That’s an important consideration”… (Bridge) “but what’s really important here is …” (hit Three Messages)
    • Bridges:
      • “But the important point here is…”
      • “But experts I deal with say…”
      • “But for a lot of people…”
      • “But what I wrote in my book is…”

[Download a copy of Author Media Training]



By: CJ Lyons

The only thing fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has ever wanted is a chance at a normal life. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, she has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. So when her parents offer her three days to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now... or never. Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But this high school is far from normal. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does.

Click here for the Broken discussion guide!

Ava and Pip

By: Carol Weston

Outgoing Ava loves her older sister, Pip, but can’t understand why Pip is so reserved and never seems to make friends with others. When Ava uses her writing talents to help her sister overcome her shyness, both girls learn the impact their words and stories can have on the world around them.

Get the Ava and Pip Common Core-aligned educator’s guide!

When Audrey Met Alice

By: Rebecca Behrens

First daughter Audrey Rhodes can’t wait for the party she has planned for Friday night. The decorations are all set and the pizza is on its way. But the Secret Service must be out to ruin her life, because they cancel at the last minute—citing security breach and squashing Audrey’s chances for making any new friends. What good is being “safe and secure” if you can’t have any fun?

Audrey is ready to give up and become a White House hermit, until she discovers Alice Roosevelt’s hidden diary. The former first daughter gives Audrey a ton of ideas for having fun...and more problems than she can handle.

Get all of the When Audrey Met Alice educator bonus materials, aligned to the Common Core!

Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment

By: David A. Adler

Here's a fact: My new friend Calvin Waffle is 100% Weird

Danny Cohen and Calvin Waffle are two very different kids. Danny likes playing baseball; Calvin enjoys strange experiments. Danny follows the rules at school; Calvin tries to drive his teacher crazy.

Danny and Calvin decide to team up for the big jelly bean experiment. Will it lead to trouble? Maybe. Will they have fun trying? You can count on it.

Click here for the Danny's Doodles Common Core-aligned educator's guide!

The Snatchabook

By Helen and Thomas Docherty

It’s bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.

Click here for the Snatchabook Common Core-aligned educators guide!
Click here for the Snatchabook Activity Kit!

The Last Ride of Caleb O'Toole

By: Eric Pierpoint

"I need you to be strong."

Caleb O'Toole could hear his mother's last words as clearly as if she was sitting right next to him. He promised her he'd keep his sisters safe. But safety is over a thousand miles away in the rugged Bitteroot Mountains—past dust-choked deserts and thorny tumbleweeds and as sun so hot, it's hard to breathe. Tornadoes and hungry wolves wait for them on the path ahead. But with the infamous Blackstone Gang hot on their trail, Caleb has no choice but to keep going. There's no telling how far the gang will go to keep their latest murder a secret. And Caleb is the number one witness to their crime.

Caleb O'Toole can hear his mother's last words: "I need you to be strong." and he can't let her down.

Click here for the Last Ride of Caleb O'Toole Common Core-aligned educator's guide!

Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies

By Jordan Jacobs

Twelve-year-old Samantha Sutton thinks it’s a dream come true when her uncle includes her in the dig at the ancient site of Chavín de Huántar temple in Peru. He even assigns her the task of mapping the temple’s buried passages—where grown-ups are too big to enter! But when excavated areas, artifacts, and equipment are destroyed at the site, it’s up to Samantha to try and solve the mystery of who is responsible. Is it the Legend of El Loco—the ghostly madman—seeking revenge? This debut/middle grade mystery/adventure series is sure to keep young readers’ eyes glued to the pages and their imagination soaring.

Click here for your Samantha Sutton and the Labryinth of Lies discussion guide!

Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome

By Marissa Moss

Mira was prepared to travel the world to find her mother—but she never expected that she’d have to travel through time as well. When Mira’s search transports her to 16th-century Rome, she befriends the famed painter Caravaggio and falls into his group of scientists and fellow artists. But Mira quickly realizes this is no place for forward thinkers and is soon faced with protecting her new friends from the evil Madame Lefoutre. Mira’s outmatched 5,000 miles (and 500 years) from home, but she’ll have to succeed if she ever hopes to be reunited with her mother.

Click here for your Mira's Diary: Home Sweet Rome CCSS-aligned discussion guide!

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris

By Marissa Moss

Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother – from Paris! Her father decides it’s time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn’t run out on them but is a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?

Click here for your Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris CCSS-aligned educator's guide!

Wonder Light

By R.R. Russell

Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of an old and haunted island, one girl will come face to face with the most elusive and legendary creature: a unicorn.

Click here for your Wonder Light discussion guide!

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

By Nancy J. Cavanaugh

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet is the story of one eleven-year-old's quest to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. Ratchet tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool language arts journal.

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet Educator's Guide
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet Common Core Standard Guide

How Does Sleep Come

By Jeanne C. Blackmore

In her picture book debut, Jeanne Blackmore continues her grandfather Roger Duvoisin’s tradition of creating beautiful books for children. Through her poetic and deceptively simple text, Blackmore has created an ideal sleepy time tale.

Click here for your How Does Sleep Come? activity kit!

Dream Big Little Pig

By Kristi Yamaguchi

Poppy has big dreams – lots of them! But following her dreams isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s a good thing Poppy’s friends and family—who love her no matter what—encourage her to keep believing in herself and making her dreams come true.

Click here for your Dream Big, Little Pig! activity kit

It’s a Big World Little Pig

By Kristi Yamaguchi

Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family (Emma, too!), Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on.

Click here for your It's a Big World, Little Pig! activity kit

My Name is Not Isabella

By Jennifer Fosberry

Ever shot a syrup shooter and hit a china plate dead on? Isabella has! Ever kept your school bus seat and started a movement? Isabella has! Ever thought your cookie was radioactive? Isabella has!

My Name is Not Isabella explores some of the amazing women who changed history. This heartwarming tale empowers young girls to realize their true capabilities while inspiring them to let their own personalities shine.

Click here for the My Name is Not Isabella Common Core-aligned educator's guide!
Click here for the Isabella Series Common Core-aligned educator's guide!

Isabella Girl on the Go

By Jennifer Fosberry

The precocious, purple-haired traveler spends the day playing with her dad as she pretends everyday things (like the sandbox) are extraordinary places (like the desert and the pyramids of Egypt). Isabella ends the day in her own home-sweet-home, the most wonderful place to be.

Travel around the world to places like: Pyramids of Giza, Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, Big Ben, and the Statue of Liberty.

Click here for the Isabella: Girl on the Go Common Core-aligned educator's guide!
Click here for the Isabella Series Common Core-aligned educator's guide!

Isabella: Star of the Story

By: Jennifer Fosberry

Every day is an adventure with Isabella!

An everyday visit to the library becomes an unexpected adventure through the pages of classic children's book favorites! Like Goldilocks, Isabella searches for a book that is juuust right.

Should she host a silly tea party in Wonderland with the Mad Hatter? Take a Technicolor trip through Oz with the Cowardly Lion? Or have a swashbuckling good time with the Lost Boys?

Join Isabella as she imagines herself in the starring role of these beloved stories and discovers the extraordinary power of reading. Anything is possible between the pages of a good book!

Click here for the Isabella: Star of the Story Common Core-aligned educator's guide!
Click here for the Isabella Series Common Core-aligned educator's guide!


Mary Altman

Editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca

What I'm looking for:
I’m looking for unique, engaging single-title romance novels. The subgenre doesn’t matter so long as the characters are relatable, the world is fully fleshed out, and the hook is something fresh and exciting. I love books that can surprise me and am always on the lookout for an author who has something interesting to say.

Right now, please don’t send me…
Women’s fiction. Stories where the key conflict could be solved by a single conversation. Young adult.

How I got into books:
The first book I remember loving was The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I was obsessed with the idea of finding Narnia and spent the summer checking every closet I came across just in case. Not too long after that, I found my way to The Last Unicorn and The Hobbit. (And let’s not forget hours spent wading through longboxes of Marvel comics.) I’ve been a dyed-in-the-wool geek ever since.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
I have pretty wide-ranging tastes. Guy Gavriel Kay (Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan) and George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire) are two of my current obsessions, though I’ll always be in the mood to read Lisa Kleypas (The Wallflower Quartet). Every few years, I end up revisiting classic horror such as Stephen King’s The Shining and The Stand. Of course, I can’t ignore my graphic novel obsession: Fun Home and Watchmen will always be two of my favorites.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is…
It’s easy to get lost in the wilderness of a novel—a good editor plays navigator, field medic, companion, and nagging backseat driver, keeping an eye on all the details that could go wrong along the way and guiding the book toward its final destination.

I love my job because...
I get to work with creative people in a dynamic community, producing stories about love. There’s nothing better than that.

I keep my reading pile...
Everywhere! On my bedside table, piled on the coffee table, lining multiple bookshelves, tucked in a little shelf in my closet (my shoes can always find a new home), loaded on my Kindle and iPhone…

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Three Lives & Company in New York is fantastic. It is a corner bookstore with all the charm and quirks a bibliophile could want.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Playing unusual board games with my friends, checking out the latest Bioware releases, and plotting my next world adventure. You can find me in comic book stores and tea shops…or parked in front of my television watching Doctor Who and Sherlock.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
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We're happy to share the first trade review for Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs. 

Kirkus calls it a "penetrating story" and says, "In unflinching detail and with remarkable openness, Wachs describes the ugly and complicated nature of mourning someone who was not only a brother and best friend, but also an addict, a public figure, and a comedic genius whose life was cut off at the very cusp of success. Photos, texts, and correspondences, along with a touching foreword by comedian, actor, and close friend Aziz Ansari, enhance an already rich book. A powerful debut that will resonate especially with readers who have loved and lost someone to addiction."

The full review will appear in the January 15th issue of Kirkus.

Book Info

9781492664109Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs


Publication Date: February 27th, 2018

Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

The space between life and death is a moment.

But it will remain alive in me for hundreds of thousands of future moments.

One phone call. That’s all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs’ life forever..

Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance?

In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother’s struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation. This compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings is A Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of readers.

A heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of addiction, grief, and family, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if that possum on the fence is really your brother’s spirit animal.

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