I spent more than a decade editing books for kids and teens at Bloomsbury Children's Books and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I currently work primarily on romance and YA in the intersection of novels and tech.
I'm passionate about working with authors and illustrators to create books that will help people fall in love with reading, see themselves in great stories, and find windows to new experiences and points of view. I also love books that start discussions. My sweet spots are general fiction, romance, YA, and children's books, though I enjoy all stories that delve into real feelings, choices, issues, and perspectives in fresh and accessible ways.
I have always been a lover of reading. Before publishing, I worked at a bookstore and my town's public library. Outside of work, I also love volunteering and mentoring young people. I spent several years as the head of the young professionals committee at Atlas: DIY, a wonderful nonprofit in Brooklyn that supported immigrant youth. I am now the Secretary of Women's Media Group.
I also have a great interest in the book market and positioning, and have spoken at numerous writers' conferences about publishing topics.
I often post on Twitter about publishing news - follow me there.
Check out what I'm reading here.
Read my recent Member Spotlight interview for Women's Media Group here.
One of my greatest joys is visiting independent bookstores. I even keep a Google map of those I've been to and more I would like to see as I travel. So far I've been to more than 100 stores across 17 states. I hope to add more to my list!
Here are my top ten so far:
- The Booksmith in San Francisco, CA
- The Flying Pig in Shelbourne, VT
- Interabang Books in Dallas, TX
- Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA
- Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL
- Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN
- The Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles, CA
- The Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA
- Solid State Books in Washington, DC
- Green Bean Books in Portland, OR
And two of my favorites in NYC are Books are Magic and Three Lives & Company.