Today I am looking at Tu editor Stacy Whitman.
Stacy has previously worked at Houghton Mifflin and Wizards of the Coast. Currently she works at Tu books, an imprint of Lee & Low, where she has moved from Editorial Director to Publisher.
What does she like?
She loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy. For the last several years she has been looking for a great Asian Steampunk. She is also looking for African-American Contemporary and fantastic speculative fiction. The idea of the Tu imprint is to only publish books that star people of color, filling a hole in the market and opening windows into other lives. Tu is looking for both middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (ages 12-18) readers. They are not looking for picture books, chapter books, or short stories at this time.
What is her advice to writers?
"If you aren't comfortable in public, practice, or choose something else."
"Be Online. Become part of the community. Don't only broadcast your book."
"Work your way up." Stacy told us that she has signed 1/2 of her authors from sci-fi conventions and another large chunk from slush pile finds.
Where can you find her? Check out her blog, Stacy Whitman's Grimoire stacylwhitman.com. And follow her on twitter-@stacylwhitman .
Currently Tu books is closed to submissions, but Stacy suggests checking out the 2013 New Voices Award. For more information go here- http://www.leeandlow.com/p/tu_submissions.mhtml.
One interesting side note, Tu books only accepts snail mail submissions, no email.