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Editorial Contacts for Agents

Deb

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 heroine the reader can relate to
* a hero she can fall in love with
* an imaginative, credible world gets created into which the reader can escape
* a hook I 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 I 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...
Knitting or doing yoga or at Landmark Education.

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

Where you'll find me:
Casablancaauthors.blogspot.com once a month; Savvy Authors; 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

Deb

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:
Publishers Lunch, RT Book Reviews, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Dear Author.


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and (212) 414-1701 x2222

Deb

Cat Clyne

Assistant Editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca

What I'm looking for:
Romances of all sub-genres (contemporary, erotic romance, romantic suspense, historical, paranormal), especially contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense. I’m looking for characters who really grab me, strong writing, and a compelling emotional arc. Got a damaged hero? Send him my way. With erotic romance, I like edgy emotion tempered with humor or wit, unexpected moments of tenderness that make me tear up, and hot, blush-worthy, interesting sex that moves the relationship forward. Make me swoon and surprise me.

How I got into books:
My parents were total bookworms (my siblings and I are actually bookworms, not human…) I used to spend hours in the fiction stacks of the local library. When my family travelled when I was a kid (which was a lot), at least one major bookstore would be on the itinerary.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (gorgeous writing and mind-bending literary sci-fi). The Sharing Knife series and The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold (memorable and unique damaged heroes and effortless world-building). Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Love. This. Book. Fine writing, sweet romance, and unforgettable characters). Pretty much anything by Georgette Heyer, but if I really really had to pick just one, Venetia. Jane Austen—I read Persuasion about once a year.

I love my job because...
I get to read fabulous stories and converse with authors and agents. What’s not to love?

I keep my reading pile...
Sorted in teetering stacks in various locations. Each pile made a sort of sense when I started it…

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Posman’s at Grand Central (best romance section in the city). City Lights in San Francisco. Housing Works used bookstore in NYC and the Oxfam bookstore in London.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Not practicing yoga. Catching up on movie-watching. Pawing through the library stacks. Visiting an animal sanctuary or walking outside

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Publishers Marketplace, RT Book Reviews, Night Owl Romance, Publishers Weekly


How to reach me:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and (212) 414-1701 x2225

ShanaDrehs2

Shana Drehs

Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm looking for:

Fiction:
accessible literary/book club fiction that's gripping, emotional and dramatic, near-historical that illuminates the past in a new and entertaining way, commercial women's fiction with a unique hook or emotional weight

 

Nonfiction:
women-driven memoir, parenting, relationships, self-help, humor and pop culture, inspirational and gift books that entertain and inspire women

Right now, please don't send me...
Romance genre fiction, Fitness/Diet/Cooking, Health, Home/Gardening

How I got into books:
I think I might hold a record for most library books checked out at one time from my hometown library, and as a child I did everything one-handed, with a book in my other hand. I entered the business of books as a bookseller at two B. Daltons, in Iowa City and Sioux City, IA, and after some stints in online media, jumped to the publishing side of things at Random House. I had the pleasure of working in the Crown division, editing both fiction and nonfiction, where I worked with Wayne Coffey (NYT bestselling author of THE BOYS OF WINTER) and Suzanne Hansen (NYT bestselling author of YOU'LL NEVER NANNY IN THIS TOWN AGAIN among others.

Just a few of the books and authors I've acquired and edited in the past five years:
Marianne Richmond’s blockbuster classic children’s and gift book IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE, Charles Belfoure’s Indie Next Pick novel THE PARIS ARCHITECT, James Whitfield Thomson’s stunning domestic suspense novel LIES YOU WANTED TO HEAR, Amy Thomas’s hit memoir PARIS MY SWEET, Geralyn Murray’s perennial pregnancy journal FROM PEA TO PUMPKIN.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
The Night Circus, Margot, The Art Forger, The Rosie Project, The Other Typist, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Gone Girl

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Work with an author to shape a manuscript's structure, positioning and message, taking it from a rough draft to the most polished book it can be, and talking about it in a way ("positioning it for the marketplace") so that the right audience finds it!

I love my job because...
I can't believe sometimes that I have a job in which I get to read all day, and I'm absolutely never bored. And I know that I'm spreading the love of reading every day, in a way that can really influence and impact folks. As we say here, "books change lives."

I keep my reading pile...
Overflowing from my nightstand, in my car, on my phone, on my iPad. I'm happiest when there are books everywhere!

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
A shout out to my home state of Iowa -- Prairie Lights in Iowa City. There's also Powell's in Portland, which blew me away. Anderson's Bookshop here in Naperville is everything you'd want a local bookstore to be.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Spending time with my family, running

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
PW Daily, Publishers Lunch, Shelf Awareness


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line 630-536-0535

StephanieStephanie Bowen

Editor, Sourcebooks Trade and Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm Looking For:

Nonfiction: History; quirky historical reference; memoir; current affairs and women’s issues; pop science/psychology; practical nonfiction with a unique hook and prescriptive element; books about food topics (not cookbooks); entertainment/pop culture.


Fiction:
Historical fiction set in an unusual time period or place; historical adventure fiction; contemporary women's fiction that offers a fresh, distinctive perspective on women’s lives; commercial literary/book club fiction.

Right now, please don't send me…

Romance genre fiction; young adult or children's books; reference books; cookbooks; health/diet/fitness; home/gardening; business; personal finance

How I got into books:

I like to think I was born knowing how to read because I can't recall a time when I wasn't reading. In college, I fell in love with the publishing world while attending Book Expo America for an internship, where I purposely ignored book signings with celebrities such as Gene Hackman and Jamie Lee Curtis in favor of visiting as many publisher booths as possible. After graduation, I started at Random House, initially editing nonfiction for the Doubleday and Broadway imprints, and then both nonfiction and fiction for Doubleday, now part of the Knopf-Doubleday Group. I had the pleasure of working with such authors as David Bach (NYT bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Smart Women Finish Rich), Louann Brizendine (NYT bestselling author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain), and David Hoffman (author of The Dead Hand, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2010), among others.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:

Alexander McCall Smith (every series!), Anna Quindlen, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Pollan, The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England(and anything else by Ian Mortimer), Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Roald Dahl (who wouldn't love to have a BFG of their own?), the magnificent Jorge Luis Borges, Jane Austen and her piercing wit, and too many more to list.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is…

There are so many important things an editor does for his/her authors, but these are two of the most significant, in my opinion:

  1. Help authors craft and hone their works into polished finished products that will entertain and inform readers and (ideally!) positively influence or change their readers' perspectives of the world.
  2. Be their number one champion and fan.

I love my job because…

I get the opportunity to work with so many different types of people on products that have the potential to make tangible, positive impacts on people's lives. Plus, I learn something new every day. How many people can say their job has taught them about doomed queens throughout the ages, nuclear fusion, and the best patisseries in Paris?

I keep my reading pile…

Everywhere I can fit it! On every device I have (even my iPhone with its tiny screen), every shelf and crevice in my home, in every purse or bag I own, etc. Friends have occasionally offered me shelf space in their places to accommodate my overflowing book collection…

When I'm not reading, I'll be…

Cooking and baking (I love trying new foods and recipes), playing softball, biking, or some other outdoor sport, watching sports (especially baseball and football), playing the piano, traveling and exploring new places, or doing a crossword puzzle (I'm a shameless lover of word games).

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:

PW Daily, Publishers Marketplace / Publishers Lunch, MediaBistro, Shelf Awareness, GoodReads, Twitter

Where you'll find me:

@sfbowen on Twitter


Agents can contact me at:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line: 630-536-0588 or on Twitter at @sfbowen

Anna

Anna Michels

Associate Editor, Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm looking for:
Commercial literary fiction with interesting settings and a strong narrative voice (such as Burial Rites by Hannah Kent and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman); mystery (particularly cozy, historical, and crossover literary—think Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger) and suspense; and memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling.

Right now, please don't send me...
Trade non-fiction, romance, YA, or children’s books

How I got into books:
Through all the staples of a classic ’90s childhood—Goosebumps, Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, and Animorphs. It wasn’t until I read and loved Hugh Lofting’s The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle that I realized not all books came in long, open-ended series… which sort of broke my heart. Working with books has always been my first (okay, only) career choice.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
The complete works of David Foster Wallace, Donna Tartt, Ann Patchett, and Jane Hamilton. Wild by Cheryl Strayed, On Writing by Stephen King, Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I am a passionate recommender of The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery—go read it right now!

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Be a sounding board and an advocate. Developing relationships with authors is one of my favorite parts of being an editor and I would love to someday be one of those veteran editors who has been working with the same brilliant author for 30+ years.

I love my job because...
There are very few things that make me as happy as a good book—and I get to work with them every day!

I keep my reading pile...
On one very organized shelf on a color-coded bookcase. Once the book is read, it moves to a different shelf. You could maybe say I’m a little obsessive about my books…

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
I love the Tattered Cover in Denver and La Feltrinelli in Rome, where I spent many hours searching out English-language books during my exchange student days. Locally, I visit Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville and Townhouse Books in St. Charles, IL.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Biking, playing bass guitar (badly), or planning my next road trip.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly


Agents can contact me at:
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Steve

Steve Geck

Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

What I'm looking for: 
I'm acquiring books for children from toddler through the age of fourteen. I'm interested in picture books with an emotional hook and distinctive characters. For fiction I'm looking at all genres and subjects, stand-alone or series. Non-fiction titles should have appeal for bookstore customers as well as educators and library patrons.

Right now, please don't send me…
Rhyming picture book texts that don't scan well; gross-out chapter book series.

How I got into books:
My mom was an elementary school librarian, and when I was in college she and my dad opened The Tree House Children's Book Store in St. Cloud, MN. After college I moved to New York City and worked as the buyer and manager for Eeyore's Books for Children. While at Eeyore's I had the great good fortune to hire a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design named Brian Selznick. Things seem to be working out for him. I spent many years as acquiring editor for Children's Book-of-the-Month Club. Eventually I entered the world of publishing and most recently spent almost a decade as Executive Editor at Greenwillow Books.

Just a few of the books and authors I've acquired and edited in the past five years:
#1 Indie Next pick The Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas Docherty; Society of Illustrator’s Gold Medal Winner A Funny Little Bird by Jennifer Yerkes; bestselling author David Adler’s new chapter book series, Danny’s Doodles; and the novel Ava and Pip by Girls’ Life columnist Carol Weston.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is…
To work thoroughly and patiently so that the book with the author's name printed on it is the best it can be.

I love my job because…
I don't doubt for a second that a great book can change a child's life.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Which ones shouldn't you visit?

When I'm not reading, I'll be…
Catching up with the terrific blog Scouting NY, watching Independent Lens on PBS, walking the High Line, or listening to music by British groups with odd names.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
PW Daily, Publishers Lunch, Shelf Awareness, Publishing Perspectives, Gawker, A Fuse 8 Production, Read Roger


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 212-414-1701 ext. 2226

annettepollertmorgan

Annette Pollert-Morgan

Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks Fire

What I'm looking for:
I acquire contemporary teen fiction across genres. I'm drawn to stories in which characters are emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually isolated...which sounds depressing, though what teen HASN’T felt that way at one point in time? I gravitate toward gritty, edgy, heart-wrenching reads that send you on an emotional rollercoaster and leave you feeling more than when you started. I also love fast-paced narratives that twist and turn and keep me guessing, particularly in the suspense, thriller, and horror categories. Books about death and grieving, stories about survival, incredible love against the odds, issue-driven novels—I like intensity. All that said, I love a good laugh and always like to have a few books on my list that make everyday moments feel extraordinary and where all ends happily! Oh, and I’m keen to find a great road trip novel.

I also acquire YA nonfiction. Narrative or prescriptive, these projects need an authentic voice that addresses timely issues in a relevant way that will speak to teens.

Right now, please don’t send me…
Books for grown-ups or little ones.

How I got into books:
I've always loved to read and write, and discovered I could combine my talents and passions during a college internship at Scholastic Inc. After a summer spent with Jigsaw Jones, Maximum Boy, Animorphs, and the Pony Pals, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Children’s Editorial. But when I graduated college, I took a detour to Columbia University where I got an MFA in Nonfiction Writing. While I was getting my degree, I interned at S&S (the adult imprint), which lead me to a job at Viking/Penguin. It was rewarding and I learned a lot, but I kept reading YA novels, which I held underneath my desk, so as not to befuddle my boss. Eventually I made the leap to Children’s, editing contemporary, commercial teen fiction at Simon Pulse for six years before joining Sourcebooks Fire.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is…
An editor plays many roles during the course of a book's publication, and I love being an advocate and strategist for the books—and the authors—on the Fire list. First and foremost, though, I love working with authors to shape and polish their manuscripts. Every project is unique in its strengths and challenges, which makes it exciting.

I love my job because...
I’m passionate about teens having great books to read. If you’re not reading when you are younger, it’s less likely that you’ll be a reader when you are older—so there need to be all kinds of dynamic books to captivate and engage that audience.

Books I've edited:
Carrie Arcos’ National Book Award Finalist Out of Reach, Thomas E. Sniegoski’s New York Times Bestselling Fallen series, Brian Farrey’s Stonewall Honor With or Without You, as well as novels by Deb Caletti, Jennifer Echols, Miranda Kenneally, Jason Myers, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jessica Verdi, K.M. Walton, and others.

I keep my reading pile...
Oh, it’s everywhere. I read submissions on my phone, my ereader, my laptop. Editing is done on my laptop and on the page (for the later, I tend to leave a trail of mechanical pencils, binder clips, and coffee mugs in my wake. Oops). I’d like to think the published books I read fit nicely onto my bookshelves. But they don’t. So I artfully stack them around the house and hope my husband doesn’t mind.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
How about all of them? And don’t forget libraries! They let you take their books home too.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Spending time with family and friends, enjoying just about any activity on or near the water (boating, swimming...though I'm less enthusiastic about doing dishes at the sink), baking, crafting, writing letters, and catching up on my DVR recordings.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at…
PW Daily, Publishers Lunch, Shelf Awareness, Twitter (@AnnettePollert)


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 212-414-1701 x2229

Aubrey

Aubrey Poole

Associate Editor, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Fire

What I'm looking for:
Books for ages 7 and up, middle grade through young adult. Any genre, any topic – just make it fresh! I love a touch of the fantastic firmly grounded with a realistic, relatable world or character. Whether it’s a girl adventurer who rescues magical creatures but longs for true friendship or a reformed bully who prevents a shooting and is desperate to earn forgiveness for one bad mistake – books with that larger-than-life element made realistic and believable with relatable characters and themes are right up my alley.

Right now, please don't send me...
Projects with stories I’ve heard before – what makes your manuscript stand out from the rest of the crowd?

Just a few of the books and authors I've acquired and edited in the past five years:
My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski, Real Mermaids Don’t Hold Their Breath by Hélène Boudreau, Send by Patty Blount, The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine by Jayne Fresina

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
Stargirl by Jerry Spinellii (I cried like a baby), Graceling by Kristin Cashore (I want to be Katsa), Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (I want to date Henry), The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, anything by Neal Stephenson, JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen

I love my job because...
I enjoy coming to work every day –and nothing beats that.

I keep my reading pile...
On my bookshelf, in a pile on the floor next to my bookshelf, on my night stand, in a pile on the floor next to my nightstand, on the window ledge next to my nightstand...

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Blackwell’s in Oxford, England

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
At the beach, on a deck, on my roof (anything in the sun), playing kickball, watching Community or the Daily Show, plotting my next trip—top dream destinations: Cairo, Turkey or Argentina.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Google Reader – hah! Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, Young to Publishing, YALSA, RT Book Reviews, Horn Book and the Story Siren


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 212-414-1701 x2221

michellelecuyer

Michelle Lecuyer

Senior Editor, Study Aids and College Reference

What I'm looking for:
Study aids and college reference resources that offer a new approach to the going-to-college process and the college experience. Inspirational teen nonfiction with a self-discovery/life skills/educational or career exploration bent. Generally, anything that will help young people (and their parents) build their lives more successfully than if they’d never read what you have to say.

Right now, please don’t send me…
An approach, a framework, or a solution that I’ve seen before. Textbooks or curriculum-oriented materials.


How I got into books:

My first day of kindergarten, I was profoundly disappointed when my teacher sent me home with a booklet in which I could practice tracing the letter A. I’d mastered my ABCs and basic words ages ago, and I thought going to school meant reading books. To appease me, my dad sat me down and started teaching me to read from his motorsports magazines. From that point on, reading and books became central to my life.

Just a few of the books and authors I’ve edited:
Fiske Guide to Colleges (the bestselling college guide for more than 30 years running), The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Things You Might Run Into in College (New York Times bestselling guide to a successful college experience), U Chic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (and Beyond)

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
Too many titles to list. I wrote my master’s thesis on James Joyce (madness, I know). The Lost Generation and the Beats will always hold a special place in my heart.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is…
Help bring your message to the world—shape it and position it and deliver it in the best possible way to reach your audience and change lives.

 I love my job because...
In the study aids and college reference space, I get to work with authors on a mission—brilliant experts, insiders, motivators, and game-changers who have literally dedicated their lives to making those of students and parents better. They are truly passionate people, and I consider myself lucky to work with them.

I keep my reading pile...
Towering over me on all sides. As I type this, it threatens to collapse and crush me. It may do just that someday, but there are worse ways to go.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Please, visit any and every bookstore as often as you can. I will give a shout-out to my local indies, The Book Table and Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park, and Anderson’s in Naperville.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Watching the latest Formula One grand prix, typically between the wee hours of midnight and 8 a.m., via the live World television feed. And at least once a year, watching the latest Formula One grand prix, live in person—recent seasons have taken me to Austin, Montreal, Spa (Belgium), and Melbourne (Australia!).

I follow education news at:
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Where you’ll find me:
In the big neon green Sourcebooks booth at NACAC, as well as FYE and NASPA.


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 630-536-0534

Todd

Todd Stocke

Vice President & Editorial Director

What I'm looking for:
Mixed-media projects in any category. As Editorial Director, I get to see projects from every one of our terrific acquiring editors in every category. What I'm personally interested in seeing are projects that use various media to tell a story, that are more than a book alone. Since the late '90s I've been working on these kinds of projects, starting with books that included audio CDs not just as an add-on slapped in the back cover, but as an integral part of the book's experience. Today that can mean so much more with various digital opportunities and platforms.

How I got into books:
I'm a bookseller at heart, having started in publishing as an intern at the venerable Coffee House Press and a bookseller at an old orange-and-black B.Dalton Booksellers.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
I'm a big fan of Richard Russo, Michael Perry, Suzanne Collins, Rick Riordan, Ian Falconer, all things Silverstein, Lisa Kleypas, Chris Crutcher, Kay Ryan, Billy Collins, oh mercy the list goes on...

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
"Position" the individual titles and position the author as a brand. Acquiring and developing editors do lots of things, but I think their role as creative services specialists is perhaps the most underrated. There's instinct involved, yes, but that instinct actually comes from hands-on experience, deep research, and live consumer and market data. The core of our job is to connect authors and readers anywhere, anytime, and on any device and we have decades of experience doing that.

I love my job because...
It's right there on our t-shirts: "authors are our rock stars."

I keep my reading pile...
On my iPad, though distressingly in several different apps. I also keep a "guilt pile" of books at home – 800+ page books I've bought but never have the fortitude to crack – curse you Truman and Infinite Jest!

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Anderson's Bookshop right here in Naperville, Illinois is a special place. I've made pilgrimages to Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, City Lights in San Francisco, King's English in Salt Lake City, and Prairie Lights in Iowa City. And because I'm partial to my hometown, Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis and Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul are not to be missed (hit the Red Balloon, then zip down the street to the Tavern on Grand for walleye and a Summit).

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Pedaling. I'm an avid cyclist and advocate. Or in the garden.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Shelf Awareness Pro (for bookseller and author news & fun) and Publishers Lunch (for industry news and analysis).


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line 630-536-0543, or on Twitter @toddstocke.

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