Editing, Rejection, Growth Mindset: Sourcebooks Editor Anna Sargeant on What Makes A Great Book

The Manuscript Academy Podcast


We are so happy to welcome the creative and delightful Anna Sargeant, editor at Sourcebooks, to the podcast!

We talk about Anna’s journey from curriculum development to children’s books, Sourcebooks and their growth mindset, what makes for good children’s nonfiction, and how being an editor changed her approach to rejection.

Plus, we talk about her fiction podcast, how Bridge to Terabithia changed her life, and whether you can pitch her (and editors) directly.

Read her post on nonfiction that’s a good story here: www.manuscriptwishlist.com/2022/03/anna-sargeant/

Anna Sargeant is an editor of nonfiction children’s books for Sourcebooks eXplore. Previously, she has been an editor of children’s and teen books at B&H Kids, director of children’s curriculum, managing editor, classroom teacher, math tutor, and freelance writer. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach, moved to Austin, Texas shortly after getting married, and now resides with her husband in Franklin, Tennessee. When Anna is not editing, writing, or reading, you might find her outdoors hiking, playing pickleball, or riding horses, indoors streaming shows or sports, or catching a plane to visit fun places or loved ones. Bridge to Terabithia is the book that changed her life, igniting her passion for children’s literature and showing her that books for kids are often just as smart, insightful, and important as books for adults.

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