Associate Editorial Director
Liesa joined Simon & Schuster in 2006, editing for both the Aladdin and Pulse imprints. On the Aladdin list, Liesa launched Rachel Renée Russell’s #1 bestselling Dork Diaries
series and edits New York Times
bestselling series from Brandon Mull, Lisa McMann, James Riley, and Shannon Messenger. Additional authors she has worked with at Aladdin include Kevin Sands on the award-winning Blackthorn Key
series, Jodi Lynn Anderson, James Dashner, and Alan Silberberg. Liesa started in children’s publishing in 1997 at the company now known as Alloy Entertainment, editing classic series like Sweet Valley High. She left Alloy in 2003 to become a founding editor of Penguin’s Razorbill imprint. Liesa’s middle grade tastes focus on fantasy, action/adventure, and bittersweet heartbreak. Follow Liesa on Twitter @BatgirlEditor
to hear all you need to know about Batman, comics, and gluten-free treats.
What’s on Liesa’s Wish List?
Truly original fantasy worlds and action/adventure stories grounded by accessible characters with universally relatable wants and needs (think: how Star Wars is driven by father/son angst and The Lord of the Rings
is all about people finding their places in their families, saving their home, etc.); humor with a dark edge (think the TV show Community
, not Will Ferrell); magic realism; middle grade novels exploring heavier themes of trauma, grief, loss, and unusual family dynamics.