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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:
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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)