In addition to Elaine Coffman’s newest release, we’ve made it easier than ever to find any favorite genre over on the new  For example, one click will get you everything Scottish. More search functions are being added every day, from werewolves to  Jane Austen-related titles and everything in between.  Sign up for the VIP program and get the full scoop–including 30% off your first order and the chance for some awesome prizes.


Love kids’ books?  Have 3-5 years of experience in the market?  Wanna work in NYC?  Email us–we’ve already got interviews underway.  Details below.

If publicity isn’t your thing, but you do read ebooks, check out our super-quick, one-question survey over at the Sourcebooks Next blog.

Assistant Publicity Manager – Children’s/YA— Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, is creating significant growth in one of the most challenging retail environments in recent memory because its employees share a belief that books change lives, that hard work and cooperation create motion, and that new marketplace realities require an entrepreneurial, innovate, and flexible mentality.  We are looking for a publicity manager for our Jabberwocky and Fire imprints who is ready to take our efforts to the next level and create opportunities for growth with new and existing partners.  This is a new position for our growing children’s book list (which includes five New York Times bestsellers).

This position will be responsible for:

  • Creating and implementing marketing and publicity campaigns
  • Organizing national book tours and appearances
  • Managing authors and maintain interview/appearance schedules
  • Securing national and regional print and online media for feature and book review coverage
  • Securing national and regional TV and radio interviews
  • Developing and maintaining strong media relationships with book media and children’s book big mouths
  • Managing junior staff members/interns

Requirements for the position:

  • Minimum 3-5 years related experience, preferably within children’s book publicity.
  • Established media contacts and experience pitching and working with book media
  • Strong pitching techniques and proven ability to generate creative media hooks required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to work within fast-paced, deadline driven environment

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with high energy, excellent organizational skills and creative thinking abilities, and an interest in growing with a company that is quickly becoming a leader in the industry.  Please send a letter of interest, a resume and salary requirements to



Whose Twitter posts most inspire you?  Today’s the last day to cast your vote for the Shorty Awards, celebrating the best people and organizations on Twitter.  Official categories include Author–@TeresaMedeiros, anyone? How the heck is she not in the top list?–Actor, Actress, Politician, and a number of others.  There are also a bunch of community-based categories.  And Sourcebooks’ own @draccah is a serious contender in the Publishing category.

To cast your vote, Tweet the following:

I nominate @TwitterUser for a Shorty Award in #Category because…

Or fill out the form here.

Be part of the publishing process.  We need help deciding a cover direction for YA release STUPID FAST, a seriously funny debut by Geoff Herbach.  Tell us which one you like best here and you could win an advance copy of one of our most highly anticipated books for the spring.

Need help polishing your manuscript?  Joy Preble, author of DREAMING ANASTASIA, is taking part in a charity auction to raise money for the Family Violence Prevention Fund.  Bid on a critique for 10 pages of your work here. And scout out the rest of the listings for critiques from agent Nathan Bransford and Flux editor Brian Farrey, signed ARCs and loads of other great stuff.

It’s liiiive–oh, wait, wrong book.  The iDrakula app is up at iTunes–and it’s free.  Check it out and you can get the ebook for only $1.99.  Great deal and an adorable icon.

It’s official: I’ll be starting at Sourcebooks as Senior Editor in their New York office on Wednesday.  And apparently I already have an email address: leah.hultenschmidt [at]  I’ve really admired what they’ve been able to do for authors, their covers, their visibility in the marketplace and the vision of Publisher Dominique Raccah.  The whole group is incredibly smart, dedicated and forward-thinking.   I’m absolutely thrilled to be on board.  In fact, I think I say that in the press release.

Speaking of the press release:

Sourcebooks Casablanca launched its first romance fiction list in fall 2007, and is quickly becoming a top 10 publisher in the genre.  In less than 3 years, the imprint now publishes 5 to 8 mass market romances per month, and was named Publisher of the Year by the Romance Writers of America New York City chapter, which also designated Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks’ romance editor, as its Editor of the Year.

Sourcebooks Casablanca has exceeded all expectations in the romance category, successfully launching the careers of debut authors such as Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf, 2008 PW Book of the Year), Cheryl Brooks (Hero: The Cat Start Chronicles, BN Top of the New Year Pick), RITA Finalist Laurie Brown (What Would Jane Austen Do?), and Holt Medallion winner Robin Kaye (Breakfast in Bed), among others.

Sourcebooks Casablanca is also known for providing an exciting and career-building publishing home for such bestselling authors as Kathryne Kennedy, Stephanie Rowe, Lisa Renee Jones, Linda Wisdom and Leigh Michaels, as well as publishing new books by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors such as Laura Kinsale, Elaine Coffman, Catherine Mann, Kristine Grayson and Patricia Rice.

Sourcebooks Casablanca is now building on this success with the addition of Leah Hultenschmidt as Senior Editor.  Leah will acquire romance and YA projects for Sourcebooks’ Casablanca and Fire imprints, and she is the newest addition to the Sourcebooks New York office.

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“I’m thrilled to be coming on board at Sourcebooks, whose innovation and commitment to authors is well known throughout the industry,” said Hultenschmidt.

Leah was most recently Editorial Director at Dorchester Publishing, one of the leading independent publishing houses for mass market fiction, where she served over ten years. She specialized in acquiring and editing romance fiction, westerns, and other mass market originals, and also has experience managing content for the Dorchester website. Leah has worked with New York Times bestselling authors Angie Fox and Jennifer Ashley and USA Today bestselling authors Joy Nash and Robin Popp, as well as many others. She developed the award-winning Classic Film Collection within the Western line to bring back into print novels that were the basis for such famous films as The Searches, Destry Rides Again, and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Her first day with Sourcebooks is Wednesday, September 1.

For a week “off,” it’s sure been amazingly busy.  Thank you again to everyone who’s emailed or left comments.

One of the first things I had to deal with was a complete change of domain name for the site–which you may note is now RomanticReading.  In a bit of the world’s worst timing, the RomanticReads domain name expired Friday the 20th.  I can’t even begin to describe how mad I was that there was no notification and that someone else snatched it up and now just had a really dumb-looking placeholder page.  I couldn’t find any recourse to get it back.  But I was able to transfer the entire blog to the new site, so technically nothing was lost.  Except maybe a piece of my sanity.  Please do update your bookmarks and RSS feeds.

But the biggest news–and much, much better news–is that I will be starting a new job on Wednesday.  I don’t want to steal their thunder by saying where until the official press release goes out early next week.  But I will still be acquiring romance and I’ll get a chance to work on YA too, which I’m super excited about.  To me, it feels like a natural fit. I’m really biting my tongue here, so I better go before I completely spill the beans.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thank you to everyone who’s been in touch after hearing Don & I were let go from Dorchester yesterday evening.  It certainly came as a shock, but we’re so grateful for all the support.  Though I don’t know what lies ahead for the company, I certainly wish everyone there well.  The house gave me and so many authors a wonderful start in the industry.

As RomanticReads is my own blog, I’ll continue to post when there’s news.  Probably even more frequently than the last few months with so many changes and time crunches.  😉

For those looking to get in touch, the contact form on the About page will get me the message.

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