Sourcebooks 2018 Spring Diversity Pitchfest!

Sourcebooks 2018 Spring Diversity Pitchfest!

Sourcebooks and SavvyAuthors team up to give you some great publishing opportunities!

Tuesday May 8, 9AM EST to Thursday May 10, 11:59PM

Sourcebooks’ mission is to reach as many people as possible through books that will enlighten their lives.
​We are a company bound together by the idea thaBooks. Change. Lives.

Sourcebooks – an independent vision
For us, it means a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. It means innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. And it means not being afraid to say “I don’t know” and forging a new path when we have to.


How this whole Pitchfest thing works…

  • You post your three-line pitch as a comment on our blog
  • Nope, no registration is required.
  • Nope, you do not have to be a SavvyAuthors member. (But it is free…)
  • BUT! A valid email address is required to pitch (We’ll send you email about the event and maybe a follow up to see if you sold a manuscript).
  • Lastly, please review the Pitch Rules before pitching.

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Deb Werksman, Editor, Sourcebooks

Currently looking for:

Own Voices mainstream single title romance in all sub-genres: paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary, erotic romance with:

  • a protagonist the reader can relate to
  • a love interest she can fall in love with
  • a world into which the reader can escape
  • a hook we can sell in 2-3 sentences
  • a career arc that we can build for the author (in other words, this book begins a series or begins a career that we can build)

I’m also seeking Own Voices commercial women’s fiction with a strong hook and an unusual angle.

About Deb: Deb Werksman has been at Sourcebooks for the past twenty years, before which she had her own publishing company. She is the editorial director of romance fiction and acquires single title romance in all subgenres. Sourcebooks publishes 6-8 romance titles per month, in print and ebook formats simultaneously. We are the country’s largest woman-owned independent publishing house. We’re known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors’ careers.

Find more about Deb and Sourcebooks

Mary Altman, Editor, Sourcebooks

Currently looking for:

Unique, engaging, risk-taking Own Voices romance in all subgenres. I’m drawn to books that are smart, feminist, and a little revolutionary. I have a weakness for a good man vs. wild narrative and tend to prefer Arctic tundras over boardrooms. I am very open to LGBTQIA+ stories.

Overall, I look for relatable characters, a fully fleshed out world, and a high concept hook that can be sold in two to three sentences. I’ve recently opened my door to Young Adult and Mystery—especially unique cozies—and welcome pitches from all three genres.

About Mary: Mary Altman discovered Romance in the 4th grade when her best friend smuggled a copy of A Knight in Shining Armor to the lunchroom, and she’s been a convert ever since. A giant and unrepentant nerd, Mary spends her free time playing video games and watching Critical Role. She started her post-college life studying law before coming to her senses and settling happily into a decade-long editorial career.

Find more about Mary and Sourcebooks

Cat Clyne, Editor, Sourcebooks

Currently looking for:

Cat is looking for diverse, unforgettable characters who grab her and make her root for their happy ever after. She’s searching for series with a slam-dunk hook, curl-her-toes romance, and out-of-the-box thinking (surprise me!). Cat has a fondness for damaged heroes and a well-written band of brothers bond. On Cat’s wish list: projects by authors of color are particularly welcome, as well as cross-genre projects, such as sci-fi and fantasy romance, issue-driven contemporary romantic stories, or romantic thrillers. She is looking for authors with projects she can get really excited about, career-oriented writers who are looking for a publishing partner to make something amazing together.


About Cat: Cat Clyne has been helping writers hone their craft for most of her adult life. She worked in academia and magazine publishing before joining Sourcebooks in 2010. Cat acquires single title romance in all subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance, Highlanders and historicals. Born in Germany to diplomat parents, Cat has a Master’s degree from New York University and lives in Brooklyn

Find more about Cat and Sourcebooks

Sha-Shana Crichton, President, Crichton and Associates

Currently looking for:

Fiction: Romance (Contemporary, Historical, Multicultural, Romantic Suspense); Women’s Fiction

Non-Fiction: (Current Affairs/History/Politics, Multicultural Issues, Women’s Issues, True Crime)

About Sha-Shana: Sha-Shana Crichton, founder and president of Crichton & Associates, Inc., a literary agency that represents quality works of fiction and nonfiction.  We work closely with our authors to establish a long and productive career.

Find more about Sha-Shana and Crichton and Associates