As Vice President, Publisher for James Patterson, I endeavor to be the book-publishing and -promoting right hand of the bestselling author in the world, and also of the soon-to-be (if we haven’t made them so already) bestselling authors we acquire for James’s JIMMY Patterson imprint. I have been with Little, Brown since 2004. I was new to publishing at the time—I had taken some side-trips into music journalism, teaching, maritime law, biochemistry, and political consulting—and am still grateful for being in and around books, and readers, every single day.
As the editorial director of the James Patterson publishing program for young readers, I’m naturally drawn to books with irresistible commercial hooks, clever storytelling, unexpected twists, authentic voices, and diverse characters. I love heartbreaking friendship stories, spine-chilling horror, exciting adventure chronicles, magical realism, animal fantasies, and thrilling mysteries to puzzle out. I’m currently focused on acquiring middle-grade and YA across all genres. I first joined Hachette in 2014 at LBYR, then moved over to Little, Brown to help launch the JIMMY Patterson imprint with the sole mission of creating fun-to-read books that will foster a lifelong love of reading in kids and teens. Along with our James Patterson bestsellers such as Jacky Ha-Ha and Word of Mouse, and favorite series like the Middle School and I Funny, my acquisitions include Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, IndieBound bestseller How to Be a Supervillain by Michael Fry, and Junior Library Guild selection Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn. Prior to joining JIMMY Patterson, I worked with authors and illustrators including Eric Carle, Judy Schachner, Salina Yoon, and Alyssa Satin Capucilli during my time at Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Egmont UK.
I joined the JIMMY team in early 2016, taking over several of James Patterson’s bestselling series like Treasure Hunters and House of Robots, while also getting to work on exciting new projects like the New York Times bestselling Pottymouth and Stoopid and Crazy House. Since then, I have acquired several non-Patterson authored projects for the JIMMY list like the forthcoming YA futuristic Western Gunslinger Girl by debut author Lyndsay Ely, the hilarious middle grade The Unflushables by Ron Bates, and the romantic coming-of-age YA 96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy. Prior to joining Hachette, I worked at Sourcebooks, Inc. for more than 6 years with a number of talented authors, including This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh, The Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, and Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordóva. I’m looking to acquire projects with authentic, diverse voices, strong commercial hooks and taut pacing. I particularly like a touch of the fantastic firmly grounded with a realistic, relatable world or character; fun, fast-pace contemporaries; plotty mysteries and thrillers; fairy tale (and other) retellings; and intriguing formats with strong visual appeal.
I joined the JIMMY Patterson Books editorial staff as an assistant in 2015. Prior to working at Little, Brown, I held five internships at various publishing houses, including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan, while studying English and Russian Literature at Barnard College. When I’m not working on James Patterson’s projects for kids, I’m on the lookout to acquire middle grade and young adult stories with lush, literary writing and a commercial hook that will instantly appeal to young readers. For YA in particular, I love mysteries and thrillers with adult crossover appeal, historical fiction, contemporary romance, light fantasy and magic realism, and horror (more psychological than gory, please!). I live for high-concept, genre-crossing speculative reads that turn our understanding of the world on its head. For middle grade, I prefer witty female protagonists and stories that are funny and voice driven. Above all, I’m looking for diverse voices, sassy narrators, and sharp writing!