Liz S.

New York, NY

Bio

Hi, I'm the Editor-in-Chief at Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. I've worked in the book biz for over 30 years (let's just say I started young) and I work on picture books, middle-grade fiction, and teen fiction.

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Read to live. Live to read.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Ask an Editor: What Makes an Editor Stop Reading a Submission?

What makes an editor stop reading a submission?   It depends on the editor, of course. But following is an opinionated, subjective, in-no-particular-order list of things that have made me stop reading a teen fiction submission: • Spelling and grammatical mistakes. What a turnoff! • A first paragraph, page, or chapter in which the “telling” far outweighs the “showing.” • Overuse of teenspeak ... Read More

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Ask an Editor: What Exactly Does an Editor Do?

What is an editor’s job? Umm. Can you be more specific? Seriously, what is an editor’s job? Besides developmental editing and revision and line-editing, how involved are you with researching, copyediting, fact-checking, proofreading, and marketing my books? And making sure the copy for online listings is correct? And making sure I’m a keynote speaker at conferences? You ... Read More

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Ask An Editor: What Grabs Your Interest?

What captures your attention (good or bad) when you read a manuscript on submission? Easy answer: voice, voice, and more voice. It doesn’t have to be in the first person. But it does have to captivate. Here are sample first lines from some books I’ve acquired – first lines that hooked me and kept me reading: From The Sweetheart ... Read More

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Ask an Editor: Profanity and Slang in YA

I want to use swear words in my novel. Will this help or hurt my chances of getting published?   If you’re around teenagers, you know they swear. A lot. They also use slang and shorthand, or for the purposes of this post, “teenspeak.” So many authors believe that cursing and/or teenspeak need to be part of a ... Read More

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Ask an Editor: Why Does It Take So Long to Publish a Book?

My novel was just accepted for publication (yay!). Why do I have to wait almost two years to see it in print (boo!)?   Those of us who are part of the Swoon Reads community get a lot of instant gratification – we get to read and rate our fave projects immediately. That’s one of the many beauties of Swoon Reads ... Read More

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