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

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