Meet Editorial Manager Deb Werksman

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Deb3Welcome Deb Werksman, acquiring editor and editorial manager for Sourcebooks for the past eleven years, before which she had her own publishing company. She is the country’s foremost editor of Jane Austen sequels, and acquires single title romance in all subgenres, as well as historical and women’s fiction.  Sourcebooks is the country’s largest woman-owned independent publishing house, and we’re known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors’ careers.

Sourcebooks is a general trade publishing house and the largest woman-owned independent publishing house in the country. We publish 300+ new fiction and non-fiction titles each year, have a dozen New York Times bestsellers, and are known for our marketing and PR. We like to say that we publish authors, not books, because we think strategically about authors’ careers, and we constantly promote our backlist, which encourages readership to grow.

Darcy VampireThis year, Library Journal called us the leading publisher of Jane Austen-related fiction and we consistently have the top sellers in the category, including such bestsellers as Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, Mr. Darcy’s Diary, and Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, which is currently enjoying a long run on the Target planogram. This August we’re excited to release Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange–Pride and Prejudice paranormal!

In addition, we publish historical fiction by award winning authors including Ciji Ware, Mary Campbell Barnes, Helen Hollick and Elizabeth Chadwick.

We publish 5-10 single title romance novels per month, and our authors have won awards including PW Best Book of the Year (Terry Spear’s Heart of the Wolf), the Holt Medallion (Loucinda McGary’s The Wild Sight) and the Golden Heart (Robin Kaye’s Romeo, Romeo).

GrandSophyCVR.inddWe’re Georgette Heyer’s North American publisher, and we’re also bringing back novels by Daphne DuMaurier, Rosemary Rogers, Laura Kinsale, Amelia Grey and Jennifer Blake. In addition to her backlist, we also have a brand new book by Laura Kinsale–Lessons in French coming out in February 2010, and two new trilogies by Amelia Grey.

We’re also excited to publish commercial women’s fiction by one of the UK’s biggest authors, Jill Mansell and by Libby Malin, who has published in the YA category and whose first film based on one of her books is in progress.

Dan Ehrenhaft joined us this year–he’s one of the country’s foremost editors of YA fiction and non-fiction, and our YA imprint is expanding rapidly in his hands.

We’re growing our fiction lists aggressively, looking for bestselling authors as well as authors with a track record who want to take their career to the next level, authors with bestselling backlist that for one reason or another may be out of print, and of course authors at the beginning of their careers who want the kind of marketing support and career orientation that Sourcebooks offers.

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We’re looking for single title romance in all the subgenres (historical, paranormal, contemporary, erotic romance and romantic suspense), commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction and YA. Our submission guidelines are on our website at www.sourcebooks.com.

The bottom line is that as a publishing house, we’re about authors, authorship, and bringing books to readers. We can’t wait to work with you.

One comments

  1. Deb-
    Great meeting you in D.C. Hope you recovered from all the festivities. Thanks for the great info.
    Sarah