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Leah Hultenschmidt Joins Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks LogoThis is the full press release (something I don’t ordinarily post) but given the interest, I figured the whole thing would be useful:

Sourcebooks Casablanca launched its first romance fiction list in fall 2007, quickly becoming a top 10 publisher in the genre.   In less than 3 years, the imprint now publishes 5 to 8 mass market romances per month, and was named Publisher of the Year by the Romance Writers of America New York City chapter, which also designated  Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks’ romance editor,  as its Editor of the Year.

Sourcebooks Casablanca has exceeded all expectations in the romance category, successfully launching the careers of debut authors such as Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf, 2008 PW Book of the Year), Cheryl Brooks (Hero: The Cat Start Chronicles, BN Top of the New Year Pick), RITA Finalist Laurie Brown (What Would Jane Austen Do?), and Holt Medallion winner Robin Kaye (Breakfast in Bed), among others.

Sourcebooks Casablanca is also known for providing an exciting and career-building  publishing home for such bestselling authors as Kathryne Kennedy, Stephanie Rowe, Lisa Renee Jones, Linda Wisdom and Leigh Michaels, as well as  publishing new books by  New York Times and  USA Todaybestselling authors such as  Laura  Kinsale, Elaine Coffman, Catherine Mann, Kristine Grayson and Patricia Rice.

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 Timesbestselling 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  [email protected].   Her first day with Sourcebooks is Wednesday, September 1.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Keri Ford
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:11:49

    YAY! Leah!! Thrilled for you!!!

  2. Katrina
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:13:24

    Well done for her! It’s good to know some real-life stories end happily.

  3. Faye Hughes
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:16:10

    Oh, this is fabulous news! Mega congrats to Leah and Sourcebooks!


  4. Elyssa Papa
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:24:19

    Congrats, Leah!!!

  5. Jillian
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:26:13

    Glad to hear this awesome news. Mega congrats.

  6. blodeuedd
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:28:14

    Good for her, and I do love Sourcebooks :=)

  7. JA Souders
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:38:36

    WooHoo! I knew she’d land somewhere great when I heard the news about Dorchester. Congratulations Leah and Sourcebooks.

  8. Kim W
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:49:58

    Yeah! I knew she wouldn’t be done and out long – that someone would snap her up. Good job Sourcebooks and congratulations Leah! Hope this now means you can come back to the October conference in Seattle.

  9. Ciar Cullen
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:53:22

    That’s wonderful. I don’t know Leah but I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about her. Good luck!

  10. Danielle Monsch
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:55:44

    Congrats on the new job! I as well have heard nothing but wonderful comments about Leah Hultenschmidt, and I’m glad that she landed on her feet so quickly.

  11. Janine
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 15:00:02

    Congratulations to Leah Hultenschmidt! I am really glad to hear she has found another position so quickly.

  12. Candi Wall
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 15:04:52

    Huge congrats to Leah! And what a pick up for Sourcebooks.

  13. Jennifer Ashley
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 15:14:31

    This is very, very cool. I’m so thrilled for Leah. Big smile on my face today!

  14. Isabel C.
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 15:20:46

    Oooh, awesome!

  15. Gerri Russell
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 15:30:15

    Wonderful news! Leah will be a huge asset to Sourcebooks and its authors!

  16. Danielle D
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 15:58:56

    That is great news. Wishing Leah all the best.

  17. Lisa Kessler
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 16:03:11

    Congratulations Leah!!!

    Sounds like a fabulous fit for you!!!

    Lisa :)

  18. Angie Fox
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 16:15:26

    Congratulations to Leah and to Sourcebooks for snapping her up. Leah is an absolute joy to work with – sharp, smart and just an all round good person. If you have a chance to work with Leah at Sourcebooks, jump on it.

  19. Barbara Monajem
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 16:17:33

    Congratulations, Leah. I’m very happy for you! :~)

  20. Emily Bryan
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 16:21:42

    Wanted to join in the chorus wishing Leah well. She’s so talented. I’m delighted she has landed in a good situation.

  21. Donna Alward
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 16:52:44

    This is great news – I too figured she wouldn’t remain “house-less” for long. Good for her and great addition to Sourcebooks. :-)

  22. KristieJ
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 17:10:04

    I knew some smart publisher would pick her up! Congrats to both Source books and to Leah. I see good times ahead for both.

  23. Alysssa Everett
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 17:36:02

    Wonderful news! I have a feeling this will be a very happy partnership for both Leah and Sourcebooks. So glad to see her editing romance again so soon!

  24. Has
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 17:36:31

    Oh fantastic!!! Congrats Leah!!!! :D

    I am really loving their books and I am really happy they are rereleasing Laurie Mcbain’s historical romances.

  25. Farrah Rochon
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 17:44:33

    Perfect example of one door closing and another opening. I am thrilled for Leah! Sourcebooks just landed themselves a gem.

  26. Bonnie Vanak
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 18:32:35

    Farrah couldn’t have said it better. Sourcebooks did just land themselves a gem. Leah, I’m so thrilled for you! You’re a great editor and I know you will go far!

  27. Alexa Bourne
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 18:54:58

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to Leah AND Sourcebooks!

  28. Jenny Schwartz
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 19:10:02

    I love good news to start the day! Thanks for posting the press release, Jane.

  29. Renee Field
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 19:15:30

    Leah you are perfect for them and they are lucky to have you. Wishing you all the best.

  30. Judith Ashley
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 19:56:14

    Congratulations, Leah! I agree this is a good match and am so pleased this door ‘opened’ for you, Leah.
    Sourcebooks did an outstanding job of signing her.

  31. Gennita Low
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 20:23:05

    Huge congrats to Leah! Wishing you all the best at your new place. It’s always fun talking to you at RT and I hope to buy you a drink at the next one. ;-)

  32. Zoe Archer
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 23:37:17

    Leah was my editor back when I was at Dorchester. She really did care about her authors and the books she edited. Mazel tov to her on this exciting new chapter.

  33. Marion Spicher
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 00:26:12

    Many folks on the email loop of Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America (GSRWA) are delighted with this news. We will miss you at the Emerald City Writer’s Conference, but there is always next year!
    Congratulations, and wishing you the best.

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  35. Anna C. Bowling
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 07:00:27

    I’ve had the pleasure of pitching to Leah twice and have heard nothing but raves from some of her authors. Leah and Sourcebooks can’t be anything but a winning combination. Wishing Leah and Sourcebooks all the best.

  36. Tamara Hogan
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 09:25:56

    Woo-hoo! Welcome to Sourcebooks, Leah!

  37. Marie-Nicole Ryan
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 12:36:18

    Congratulations to Ms. Hultenschmidt and Sourcebooks. Sounds like a great fit.

  38. Marie-Claude Bourque
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 12:47:40

    What a wonderful news!
    A fabulous editor landing at a fabulous publishing house!
    Congrats all around :)

  39. bettie
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 14:07:16

    Congratulations, Leah

  40. Terry Spear
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 19:22:48

    Just saw the news on a Google Alert! Thrilled that you’ll be with us, Leah, at Sourcebooks! Congratulations! :) Terry

  41. rsspider
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 22:05:05

    Congratulations Leah. Can’t keep a good editor down. YAY.

  42. Suzanne Rock
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 08:07:37

    FANTASTIC New! congrats Leah!!

  43. Suzanne Rock
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 08:09:26

    New = News. I guess I should have had my morning coffee before commenting. lol.

  44. Gloria Harchar
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 23:46:35

    Congratulations to Leah!!! I’m so thrilled for her, and Sourcebooks! She’ll be a wonderful addition to the Sourcebook family!

  45. Marian Pearson Stevens
    Sep 02, 2010 @ 15:57:37

    Congratulations to Leah and to Sourcebooks! To a great future and many bestsellers!

  46. Phillipa Ashley
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 06:42:56

    This sounds like great news all round As a newbie Sourcebooks author,I might even have contact with Leah.

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