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How to Get on an Editor’s Good Side: The What & What Not to do When Submitting Your Manuscript for Consideration
Editor Liz Kossnar and Senior Editor Krista Vitola as they discuss the
do’s and don’ts of manuscript submission and how to get an automatic A+
before an editor
even starts reading your novel.
Liz Kossnar, Editor,
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Liz Kossnar enthusiastically joined the Simon & Schuster Books for
Young Readers editorial
team in November 2013. She mostly acquires middle grade and chapter
books but occasionally works on young adult novels, nonfiction, and
picture books. While working at Simon & Schuster, she has had the
privilege of working with authors and illustrators such
as Daniel Miyares, Stuart Gibbs, Jessica Lawson, Michelle Hodkin, and
many others. She most enjoys reading whimsical, diverse middle grade,
and subversive, contemporary young adult fiction, or any work of fiction
that inspires a sense of empathy or makes her
learn something she didn’t know before. Anything feminist is a plus.
Liz is not the best match for animals, sentimentality, or traditional
romance. You can follow her on Twitter @liz_adventures.
Krista Vitola is a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and specializes in middle-grade and young adult fiction. Her interests range from voice-driven commercial narratives to emotionally layered complex stories that deal with multiculturalism and LGBTQ. She will also never turn down a sports novel, even though she was (and still is) not very good at them. Her heart always gravitates toward strong friendship stories, sister stories, conflicting relationships, and environments that spark one’s imagination. She is not a fan of high fantasy or science fiction. Krista has worked with New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck, multi-state award winner Dana Alison Levy, award-winning author Donna Gephart, and New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel. She is currently working on New York Times bestselling author, Tommy Wallach’s epic YA trilogy, Sean Easley’s middle-grade debut, The Hotel Between and Susan Hood’s middle-grade novel in verse about the true story of a lifeboat stranded at sea during World War II. Krista is eagerly acquiring literary middle-grade novels with commercial appeal.She hopes to find more beautifully written, visual stories that will steal her heart.