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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:
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