Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aubrey Poole- Sourcebooks Editor

Please welcome Sourcebooks editor Aubrey Poole to Inside the Publishing World Wednesday. I had the chance to meet with Aubrey at the Summer PNWA conference. She is an assistant editor looking to acquire young adult and romance titles for Sourcebook's Fire and Casablanca imprints. If you are looking for middle grade or younger she suggests Sourcebooks other imprint, Jabberwocky.

Sourcebooks’ mission is to reach as many people as possible with books that will enlighten their lives. They include eight imprints and ask this question , "What does independent really mean? For us, it means a passion for books..."

Aubrey likes heroines that are strong and heroes with good looks and a sense of humor. She is looking for YA in all genres.  One of her tips; make sure your teen voice sounds authentic and is not an adult trying to be a teen.

Yes, she accepts unagented material.

If you feel like sending Aubrey a query, she asks that it be in email format. Straight from the Sourcebooks website I found the following:

We’re actively acquiring knockout books for our YA imprint, Sourcebooks Fire. We are particularly looking for strong writers who are excited about promoting and building their community of readers, and whose books have something fresh to offer the ever-growing Young Adult audience.

Our criteria:
•60,000-90,000 words
•Protagonists who are 15-19 and allow for potential adult cross-over appeal
•Unforgettable characters readers care about and can relate to in some way
•An authentic voice for the audience
•Powerful, credible world-building (which applies to non-paranormal/fantasy/dystopian too! )
•A fresh premise with a marketing hook that can be conveyed in 2-3 sentences
•An age-appropriate romantic element, even if it’s not the main focus of the story

For more information check out their submissions guidelines -


  1. I am a huge fan of Sourcebooks Fire. I have yet to read one that I didn't love.

  2. I write y/a although shorter than 60,000. Good to know about Sourcebooks for future reference.

  3. Glad I could pass on some great info.