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Penguin: Because Reading Matters

Lindsay Ribar, Contracts, Finance, and Subsidiary Rights Manager

Associate Editor Sarah Blumenstock joined Berkley in 2016. Prior to joining Berkley she sold foreign and domestic rights for Penguin Young Readers. Sarah acquires commercial women’s fiction and romance—both historical and contemporary. Some of her recent and upcoming titles include The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by New York Times bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman, A Touch of Forever by USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman, Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore and Faker by Sarah Smith.

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DAW: Read More

DAW accepts unsolicited submissions of science fiction and fantasy novels. We cannot consider short stories, short story collections, novellas, or poetry. The average length of the novels we publish varies, but is almost never fewer than 80,000 words.

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Josh Starr, Managing Editor

Joshua Starr joined DAW Books in 2007 and has been DAW’s managing editor since 2012. Prior to joining DAW, he interned at Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, CMJ New Music Monthly, and the Center for Public Integrity. He is a graduate of Yale University.

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Leah Spann, Associate Editor

Leah Spann, associate editor, joined DAW Books in 2016 after completing the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford. She has worked on books from Laura Lam, Elizabeth May, Joshua Phillip Johnson, E. J. Beaton, and Lena Nguyen, and forthcoming works from Adam Oyebanji and Kritika H. Rao. She likes inclusive stories, weird fairy tales, and Studio Ghibli films. You can find her on Twitter @LeahSpann.

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Sheila Gilbert, Publisher

Sheila E. Gilbert has worked in publishing since 1970, starting at Ace Books, then moving to New American Library in 1972, where she ran the Signet Science Fiction and Fantasy line. She also worked as a free-lancer for Dell, Warner, and Doubleday. In 1985, Sheila joined DAW Books, becoming a partner in the company and co-publisher with Betsy Wollheim. Sheila works closely with her many writers and also art directs her titles in conjunction with the art department. Among her authors are Tad Williams (whom she co-edits with Betsy), Tanya Huff, Seanan McGuire, Jim C. Hines, Gini Koch, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Julie E. Czerneda, Michelle Sagara West, Fiona Patton, Irene Radford, S. Andrew Swann, Stephen Leigh, Jenna Rhodes, Sara Hanover, Lisanne Norman, Joshua Palmatier, Violette Malan, Ed Willett, Jacey Bedford, Gerald Brandt, Marshall Ryan Maresca, W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Dan Stout, Troy Bucher, and Juliette Wade. Over the years, she has been the editor guest at a number of regional conventions and writers’ conferences. Sheila has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Long Form Editor nine times, and in 2016 and 2018 she won the Hugo Award. 2021 marks Sheila’s 51st year working in publishing.

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Katie Hoffman, Editor

Associate Editor Sarah Blumenstock joined Berkley in 2016. Prior to joining Berkley she sold foreign and domestic rights for Penguin Young Readers. Sarah acquires commercial women’s fiction and romance—both historical and contemporary. Some of her recent and upcoming titles include The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by New York Times bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman, A Touch of Forever by USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman, Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore and Faker by Sarah Smith.

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Betsy Wolheim, President

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wollheim is the only child of legendary paperback editor Donald A. Wollheim and grew up in the world of science fiction and fantasy publishing, regularly socializing with authors and artists. She attended her first science fiction convention at age 6, and during her youth was active in fandom. In 1975 she began work at DAW Books, first as an assistant editor, then as an associate editor. In April, 1985 when her father became catastrophically ill, she took over the company. She is now the President of DAW Books, and has been running DAW since August, 1985, with business partner, co-publisher, and friend, Sheila E. Gilbert. During her career Betsy has worked with C.J. Cherryh, Tad Williams, Mercedes Lackey, Patrick Rothfuss, Nnedi Okorafor, Kristen Britain, C.S. Friedman, Jennifer Roberson, Saladin A. Ahmed, David Gerrold, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tanith Lee, Bradley Beaulieu, and many, many other authors. In 2012, she was the first female long form editor to win the Hugo Award during her lifetime. Betsy also art directed the covers of her books for decades, working with many noteworthy artists including Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, Todd Lockwood, Dan Dos Santos, and others. In 1982 Betsy married “freak folk” musician Peter Stampfel and they have two daughters, Zoe and Lily.

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DAW

DAW Books seeks to publish a wide range of voices and stories, because we believe that it is the duty of the science fiction and fantasy genres to be inclusive and representative of as many diverse viewpoints as possible.

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