Leah Hultenschmidt moves to SourceBooks

Starting 1 September, with email effective immediately, Leah Hultenschmidt is now Senior Editor at Sourcebooks. Woo hoo! From the official press release:

Sourcebooks Casablanca is now building on this success with the addition of Leah Hultenschmidt as Senior Editor.  Leah will acquire romance and YA projects for Sourcebooks’ Casablanca and Fire imprints, and she is the newest addition to the Sourcebooks New York office.

“I’m thrilled to be coming on board at Sourcebooks, whose innovation and commitment to authors is well known throughout the industry,” said Hultenschmidt.

Leah was most recently Editorial Director at Dorchester Publishing, one of the leading independent publishing houses for mass market fiction, where she served over ten years. She specialized in acquiring and editing romance fiction, westerns, and other mass market originals, and also has experience managing content for the Dorchester website. Leah has worked with New York Times bestselling authors Angie Fox and Jennifer Ashley and USA Today bestselling authors Joy Nash and Robin Popp, as well as many others. She developed the award-winning Classic Film Collection within the Western line to bring back into print novels that were the basis for such famous films as The Searches, Destry Rides Again, and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Starting immediately, Leah can be reached at leah.hultenschmidt@sourcebooks.com.  Her first day with Sourcebooks is Wednesday, September 1.

I think this will make SourceBooks’ romance line much, much stronger and I am very curious to see what books are coming our way from her office. As we say in Jersey, fuckin’ A, that’s awesome.

Way to go, Leah!

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  1. 1
    Rory G says:

    I got a ARC copy of Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning, which is one of the new Sourcebooks romances and I loved it!

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    Congratulations, Leah! Wishing you the very best in your new position.

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    ocelott says:

    Great news!  I’m excited for Leah and for romance.

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    Joanne Levy says:

    This is great news – I met Leah at a conference a few years ago and despite my nervous babbling in a pitch session, she was SO nice and supportive.  AND she was wearing the cutest shoes.  Congrats, Leah – wishing you all the best.

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    I’m thinking this is along the lines of two great tastes that taste great together. I’ve had the pleasure of pitching to Leah and have heard nothing but good from those who work with her. Congratulations, Leah and congratulations, Sourcebooks.

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    JenD says:

    Congratulations Sourcebooks- you’ve got quite a winner there!

    So happy for Leah. I hope this match will be the start of an even more amazing time in her career.

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    Kilian Metcalf, LIterary Slut says:

    Congratulations, Leah, glad to know that one of the Dorchester victims has found a place. 

    Max Brand, author of Destry Rides Again, has many titles available free on Kindle, and they hold up pretty well.  Never thought of him as romance writer per se, but it’s not much of a jump from the classic western to romance, even if the old-time heroes were more likely to kiss their horse than the heroine and then ride off into the sunset.  Most of Max Brand’s heroes are the “aw, shucks, ma’am” type than a classic romance hero, although I was definitely in love with Whistlin’ Dan Barry.

    I spent one summer while in high school reading all the westerns I could carry home – Max Brand, Clarence Budington Kelland, Zane Grey, etc. and enjoyed every one of them.  I’ll bet there are some younger smart bitches who don’t know that Riders of the Purple Sage is the title of a book by Zane Grey.  I suppose there are some even younger members who don’t know that Riders of the Purple Sage is the name of a rock band.  They probably don’t recognize the name of one of Brand’s more famous characters Dr Kildare, either.

    Sigh.  I’m going to go lie down and feel old now.

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    Thanks, folks! I’m pleased as punch myself and really looking forward to diving in.

    @Kilian – You should try Max Brand’s LUCK and CROSSROADS.  “Jack” Boone is a fantastic, nontraditional Western heroine.

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    Congratulations Leah!

    And smart move, Sourcebooks.  Very, very smart.  I hope everything works out for the best and it is happy times from here on out.

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