Interview with Julie Scheina
By Theresa Rizzo
Bio: Julie works on books for all ages, from commercial and literary novels to picture books. Under Megan Tingley, she has worked on books by Mary Ann Hoberman, Julie Anne Peters, Trenton Lee Stewart, and Stephenie Meyer. Julie's recent acquisitions include Jane, a contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre by English professor April Lindner, I am J, an inspiring novel about a transgender teen by award-winning author Cris Beam, and Beautiful Creatures, a gripping gothic paranormal romance by debut authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, which she acquired with Editorial Director Jennifer Hunt.
Answer: Iím always looking for novels with strong, compelling voices and a great sense of place Ė I love when the setting becomes a character. Iím less interested in books that seem to be trying to chase trends or repeat past successes.
Answer: Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions we receive, Little, Brown Books for Young Readersí policy is not to accept any unsolicited submissions or queries.
Answer: Depending on the length of the manuscript, I like to see a synopsis of a page or less Ė enough to introduce the characters, basic plot points and key conflict.
Answer: If Iíve met an author at a conference and have requested a project, I try to provide constructive feedback if itís not the right fit for me.
Answer: Itís good to know if the author has a particular background that could help in promoting their book. A basic familiarity with the publishing industry (the types of books we publish, current childrenís books, etc.) is also helpful when it comes to crafting a query letter and going through the submissions process.
Answer: Falling in love with a project, the excitement of acquiring a book and having the first conversation with the author, the editing process, getting to rave about books I love, seeing the first finished copy of a new book, hearing from readers who have read and loved something I worked on Ė thereís so much I love about my job!
Answer: Receiving submissions that are clearly not in line with what I acquire (such as adult fiction), and reading proposals that spend pages detailing marketing and merchandising opportunities and a only few lines discussing the project itself.
Answer: Coffee Ė any kind except decaf.
Answer: Iíd love to visit Australia.
Answer: ďIt's kind of fun to do the impossible.Ē Ė Walt Disney