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)
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