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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

Anna

Anna Michels

Editor, Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm looking for:
Fiction:
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), psychological suspense, and literary thriller.

Nonfiction:
Memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling; smart practical nonfiction with a unique hook and prescriptive elements; gift books with a strong hook and graphic elements (including humor and inspiration); history (narrative and quirky reference)

Right now, please don't send me...
Romance, YA, children’s books, or poetry

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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gracemenarywinefield

Grace Menary-Winefield

Associate Editor, Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm looking for:
Gift: Entertainment pop culture books, both novelizations and non-fiction tie-ins; gift books (text and illustration) that inspire and entertain.

Non-fiction: Quirky self-help books with a great hook and wide appeal; smart non-fiction with unique explorations of history.

Fiction: Commercial and literary fiction with crossover into unique, sometimes even fantastical concepts (such as Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell).

Right now, please don't send me...
Romance, Thriller/Mystery, Health, Cooking

How I got into books:
I’m not saying that I ate lunch alone every day – but who was ever going to be more interesting than Jake and Cassie’s romance in Animorphs?  I started at the bottom with internships at Pan Macmillan and Palgrave Macmillan, and eventually moved to Little, Brown Book Group (UK) where I worked with Eben Alexander M.D. (Proof of Heaven), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter series) and Amanda Palmer (The Art of Asking).

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
Hild by Nicola Griffith: From the very first page it instilled in me a sense of magic and wild poetry, alongside a feminist strength I relished; Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke: Storytelling at its finest, layered in darkness and mischief; anything by David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, or Clive Barker.

I love my job because...
Books change lives –and these talented, wonderfully wise readers are shaping the world around us.

I keep my reading pile...
On every surface of my bedroom, and often underneath a sleeping cat.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Basically, anywhere that held a Harry Potter book release party. You know those are good eggs.  I will always feel like I’ve come home when I walk into Pegasus Books and Diesel Books in Oakland.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Catching up on my TV and film addictions, perusing graphic novels and comics, and visiting family in the shires of England.

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Publisher’s Weekly, The Bookseller (UK), Shelf Awareness and Publisher’s Lunch


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line:630-536-1428, @graceplanetivy

 

 

Steve

Steve Geck

Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Children’s Books (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Sourcebooks Fire)

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

Annie

Annie Berger

Editor, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Sourcebooks Fire

 

What I'm looking for:

I’m looking for picture books with strong hooks and fun vibrant characters. On the middle-grade side I really enjoy boy narratives with humor, I’m a big fantasy fan, I absolutely love weird, zany, off-the-wall plots, mysteries, I am a sucker for contemporary, heartfelt realistic narratives, and I won’t say no to light horror. I have also always loved school-based friendship stories. On the teen side I also enjoy boy narratives, I am a big fan of thrillers/mysteries, I LOVE magical realism, and respond very well to romance, light fantasy, and gritty realistic stories.


Right now, please don't send me:

Novels in verse, books where the main character is suffering from a terminal illness, and rhyming picture books. I am open to most genres though!

How I got into books:
When I was in college I had a horrible phone interview for a summer job. One of the questions the interviewer asked was what I would do if I had an entire week to myself. I immediately said I would read all the books in my ‘to read’ pile. And the interviewer told me I should go into publishing. I thought that was a bold statement until I started thinking about it. After deciding that was indeed what I should be doing; I attended the Columbia Publishing Course, interned, and finally got an editorial assistant position at Simon & Schuster.

Just a few of the books and authors I’ve acquired and edited in the past five years:
At Your Service, Map to the Stars, and Wanderlost by Jen Malone; Breaking the Ice and Exit Stage Left by Gail Nail; The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt, The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher, the Confidentially Yours series by Jo Whittemore, and the upcoming The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla, One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High, and Roll by Darcy Miller. As well as many Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books!

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Gone series by Michael Grant, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, Wither series by Lauren DeStefano, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan; Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli…to name just a few!

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Editors are the author’s champions in-house. They are the author’s liaison between all the different departments, and they are going to be the one always in the author’s corner.

I love my job because...
Well, I love books! But more than that I love working with an author on shaping their story so that it is the best version it can be. I also so enjoy seeing the transformation from word document to real-life book!

I keep my reading pile...
Everywhere! There’s a stack of books on my nightstand and books I want to read mixed in my shelves. I read most of my submission on my iPad though, and that is pretty organized!

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


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line 212-414-1701 ext 2221

Kate

Kate Prosswimmer

Assistant Editor, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Sourcebooks Fire

What I'm looking for:

Kids books ranging from board books through young adult, both series and standalone titles. On the younger side (toddler through chapter books), I prefer strong emotional hooks featuring quirky, imaginative characters. For everything else, I love unique and diverse perspectives, moral ambiguity, high-stakes situations (physical or emotional), and meticulous and tangible world-building.

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working on several projects that got their start on Wattpad and feature mixed formats (letters, twitter posts, instant messages, police transcripts, etc.), in addition to teen activity books. I look forward to acquiring more projects both inside and outside those categories.

How I got into books:
A very potent mixture of nature and nurture. My mom is an avid reader who heavily policed our tv usage (my sister and I were allowed 30 minutes of television a week when we were young). As a lover of stories and escapism, that meant I read obsessively. Add in the “reading challenges” my mom used to assign me (reading 35 books the summer before seventh grade got me a karaoke machine) and I was pretty much a goner. I blame/thank my mom every day for my literary addiction.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
Counting by 7s, Throne of Glass, anything written by Holly Webb…and it feels wrong not to list my childhood (ok, and adulthood) obsession with Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Help identify what your book is meant to do (entertain, inspire, engage…), fine tune it to better achieve that goal, and then communicate that message to the world.

I love my job because...
It lets me do some pretty amazing things like help authors achieve their dreams, bring new voices and stories into the world, and (selfishly) read so so many amazing stories that give me all of the feels all day, every day. What more could a book nerd want out of life?

I keep my reading pile...
All over the place! For work it’s a mix of on my computer, phone, and iPad, and for fun I have a cache of books in my “to be read pile” taking up the spare corners of my apartment, stacked in my childhood home, and, of course, endless shelves stocked with everything I could want at my local library!

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
Every one that you can!

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Making up for the many years of my television-free childhood. This mostly entails fangirling over Joss Whedon, Star Wars, The Walking Dead, LOTR, and many other works of speculative fiction that cater to my obsession with stories about found families in extreme situations.


Agents can contact me at:
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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 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

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

Associate 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:
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Carla

Carla Bejan-Negru

Editor, Gift Books and Calendars

What I'm looking for:
Gift Books:
Humor books, pop culture books, photographic or art-related books, all with on-trend (or ahead of trend) topics, unique angles, and high entertainment factors.

Calendars:
Ideas that are new to the calendar space, visually stimulating, highly commercial, and can lend themselves to wall calendar, engagement/organizer, or page-a-day format.


Right now, please don't send me...

Calendar ideas that have been done before.

How I got into books:
Growing up in Romania, I always loved writing and reading (and loathed math). At twelve, I moved to the U.S and had to adapt and learn a new language, which at first limited what I could read. I used reading as a learning tool, and I read as much as I could in order to absorb the language and its nuances and make up for a lot of English literature that I was not exposed to during my childhood and early education. When it was time to decide on a major, English for me was a no-brainer as it gave me a chance to further explore my love for reading. After graduating from DePaul University, where I had amazing professors and was exposed to a wide variety of genres, I got to actually use my English degree in my career, first for five years at Publications International and now at Sourcebooks. 

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
The Awakening by Kate Chopin, The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, I’m Down: A Memoir by Mishna Wolff, and everything and anything by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Being able to meld the vision that the writer has with the experience that the reader expects to have when they open the book. Editors also have the responsibility of being honest and proactive with authors about the true commercial potential of every project.

I love my job because...
I get to see ideas develop into amazing books that make readers happy and offer them an escape; being a small part of that is pure joy. 

I keep my reading pile...
Organized in stacks in order of priority, I also may or may not have a color-coded spreadsheet to go along with the physical pile.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
I haven’t really “met” a bookstore I didn’t like. I’m a sucker for small used bookstores that smell like history.  I love picking up books I’ve never heard of and imagining who before me has read those books. On my bucket list is the Carousel of Light Bookstore in Bucharest, Romania, it looks like a dreamy place that I hope to someday visit.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Spending as much time as I can outside with my husband and pooch, gardening, DIY-ing, or baking something.

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


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line 630-536-0507

ShanaDrehs2

Meaghan Gibbons

Editor, Simple Truths

What I'm looking for:

Nonfiction: Business titles by writers who connect with their audience through the warm aspects of business…team development, leadership, inspiration: more than just the bottom line. I’m particularly looking for business lifestyle; intelligent self-help/inspiration titles with a unique hook and the possibility for playful design elements; gift books that align to elements of positive outlooks, positive growth of individuals (including humor and inspiration).

Right now, please don't send me...
Memoir, historical nonfiction; Fiction as a whole

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
I have a weakness for all things fantasy, sci-fi, and fiction in general. I also am passionate about Women in Business as well as Creativity in Business, which lends itself to a love of titles such as “Girl Boss” by Sophia Amoruso and “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. In particular, “Big Magic” continues to inspire creative living each day, unrestrained by fear of failure.

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
help you be an advocate for yourself! I want to get your books into the hands of our readers – a goal we should share! Let me know how I can help you reach more readers and I will work to make it happen.

I love my job because...
Simple Truths has changed millions of people’s lives in these broad, beautiful ways and I now get to be a part of that! Plus BOOKS! What could possibly be better?

I keep my reading pile...
In an ever teetering pile next to my bed, on, under, and in my nightstand. Whenever I read something, it gets the honor of being placed on our ever expanding book shelves.

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
A Novel Idea in Lincoln, NE is just endlessly charming. And when I was living in DC I became extremely passionate about Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, which combines two of my favorite things: fine books and fine dining.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
painting, writing, baking, sewing… just generally creating, or playing with my two rescue pups (Maizey & Blue)

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly, for Business trends within my line I reach for Success Magazine, Business Insider, Innovate, Fortune, and enjoy pursuing Linkedin and Ted Talks for prevalent materials, speakers, and themes


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; direct line 630-536-0503

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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