Because there haven’t been enough blizzards in NYC this winter, I thought it’d be a good idea to travel to Chicago this week.  We did get in a great meeting with the great team at Levy, the folks who help get books into Target and Wal-Mart, before the snow started flying.  Truly, there’s nowhere we won’t go–even into the middle of a historic blizzard–to get books into people’s hands.  😉

Heck, we’ll even give away books for free.  This month sees the release of on of our YA line’s most hotly anticipated sequel, HAUNTED by Joy Preble.  A ghostly Russian czarina, a menacing mermaid, and a girl torn between her hot lifeguard boyfriend and the immortal warrior teaching her about powers she didn’t think were possible–HAUNTED is out in bookstores now.  And DREAMING ANASTASIA, the first of the series, is currently available as a free ebook.  You can find it wherever ebooks are sold in any format you prefer.



I’m posting over at the Casablanca Authors blog today on this month’s theme of scary things.  Submission info, turnaround time, sex advice (for your writing, of course!), market trends and more.  Come visit!  I’ll hang around through the weekend to respond to comments posted there.

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.

I am having such a blast working on a number of the young adult projects on our Spring 2011 list for the Sourcebooks Fire imprint.  But our list for Fall is looking mighty slim.  So I’m on the hunt-down–looking to acquire good stuff fairly quickly.

The YA market right now is incredibly competitive, so it’s imperative to have a hook to grab booksellers/media/readers in 2-3 sentences.  Having an author with a track record or built-in fan base is also immensely helpful.  The book needs a riveting plot with a fresh premise. I want to be completely absorbed in the world–whether it’s summer in the Hamptons, a dystopian future or 1880s London.

Right now only truly objective criterion is the word count: 60,000-90,000.  I’m open to just about any setting and genre.  The main protagonist should be older teens, and the book should have strong crossover potential to the adult market.

Submissions can be emailed to me at leah.hultenschmidt [at]  Please attach the ms and synopsis as separate Word documents and note in the subject line: YA – [Title].

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.