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Anna Michels

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), psychological suspense, and literary thriller.

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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1935 Brookdale Road | Suite 139
Naperville, IL 60563
(800) 432-7444 or 800-43Bright (toll-free)
(630) 961-3900 (phone)
(630) 961-2168 (fax)