Posted by: anitanolan | September 15, 2010

What New Sourcebooks Editor Leah Hultenschmidt is Looking For

Leah Hultenschmidt, recently moved to Sourcebooks as Senior Editor, had been my critique partner’s editor. (My CP loved her.) She’s handling Sourcebook Fire, the YA line, and offered some details on her blog about what she’s looking for in YA.

Here’s a bit:

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.

Submission details are on her blog: Romantic Reading.


  1. Thank you so much Anita.

    An editor looking “eagerly” for manuscripts is a wonderful opportunity you don’t find often.

    • That’s why I try to keep up with editor,agent info. Thanks, Carmen.


  2. […] Leah Hultenschmidt—Senior Editor at Sourcebooks […]

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