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'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.
My sweet spots in middle grade and YA are realistic fiction and magical realism, though I enjoy all stories that delve into real feelings, choices, issues, and perspectives in fresh and accessible ways. I love picture books with original hooks, memorable illustration styles, seasonal promotion potential, and clever humor. I also read widely in women's fiction, general/contemporary fiction, domestic thrillers, memoirs, and essays.
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 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
- Interrabang Books in Dallas, TX
- Brookline Booksmith
- 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.