189: Interview with Talia Benamy

Interview with Talia Benamy

Submission insight from an Associate Editor at Philomel

February 28, 2020


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Talia Benamy is an associate editor at Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers), where she focuses on everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked on books by Chelsea Clinton,  Sonia Sotomayor, Temple Grandin, Jane Yolen, Abigail Harrison, Lisa Graff, Ruta Sepetys, Dev Petty, Sarah Brannen, and Terry Border. She sees books as having the amazing power to shape kids’ worldviews, and looks for manuscripts that have the potential to do just that.

We talk about:
• What does an associate editor do?
• How do you work your way through the slush pile? What does a reader do?
• How do you determine if a piece of writing is good?
• What are common mistakes you see in submissions?
• What makes you reject a manuscript almost immediately?

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Dianna Wilson
March 2, 2020

This was interesting - thanks! I was surprised to hear that Philomel accepts unsolicited manuscripts as I cannot find any information on their site and the Penguin site says agents only. Does anyone know the submission address for hard copies for Philomel?

Sheila DeCosse
March 1, 2020

Thank you for giving us access to this editor and her work and likes and dislikes. Especially interesting to know that such a fine house does allow unsolicited manuscripts,,though it's a long chance to be pulled out of of the pile!

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