Me, The Professional Reader

So it has been a long time! WordPress has changed yet again, the New Year is underway, and I am trying to keep up. If you have been following this blog then you know there are a lot of good books out there that I am dying to read, but alas duty calls elsewhere.

My TBR pile as of this morning.

One of my resolutions for the new year is to prepare for the future. As you know, I love my job and the career path I am on. And soon (hopefully) I will get to actually start acquiring books and building stories with authors. And as a result of our connected world, this blog will be found and tied back to me and my job.

Isn’t that great? Agents, authors, industry professionals can all find this blog and discover the type of books I am drawn to and wish I had worked with.

So what does this all mean for me as a reader?

Glad you asked.

It means that if you see a tweet from me on Manuscript Wishlist, I have to read with an eye to the author’s writing (WARNING: this is a industry only hashtag, but it is fun to look through for readers to see what editors and agents wished they had coming across their desks). I work with two imprints: Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books, and as a result, the books I can acquire must fit with those imprints. So while I do love a great commercial book, like the Gossip Girl series, I have to have an eye for the creative direction of my imprints. Atheneum is the more literary driven imprint, and McElderry falls in the middle with commercial titles and literary titles. The difference between literary writing and commercial writing is like sampling fine chocolate.

Another great way to understand me as a reader is to check out my Pinterest. If you do, you might notice I am all over the map: fantasy, darker stories, humor, historical fiction, contemporary romance, etc. I love it all, except graphic abuse stories. I extremely picky about those since they hit you right in the feels.

I can hear some of you asking, “Natascha, this is great and all, but why should I care if I don’t work in publishing?”

Great question! And the simply answer is that this is great way to learn more about my reading tastes, and the types of books you will likely find on this blog.

And with that I will wrap up this post. Stay tuned for more as I continue my writing weekend. Christmas was productive and I have posts to get up. 🙂

Shamless bookstragm shot. You know you love it 🙂








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