A really excellent profile of Dutton YA editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel.
Reading the whole piece is highly recommended…
In the cosseted world of children’s book publishing, getting an editorial letter from Ms. Strauss-Gabel, the publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, is the literary equivalent of winning a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. It virtually guarantees critical or commercial success, and often brings both.
She doesn’t hand out many of them. “I am naturally exceedingly picky,” she said. “If I’m not in love with someone’s writing at the sentence level, then I’m not going to sign up the book.”
Her knack for spotting and developing talent is apparent on this week’s New York Times young adult best-seller list, where novels that she edited hold five of the top 10 spots. She has edited 22 New York Times best sellers.
With her stable of blockbuster writers, Ms. Strauss-Gabel has become one of the most influential players driving and shaping a surge in young adult fiction, a shift that is not only transforming the publishing industry but changing American reading habits.