Holly West is a Senior Editor at Feiwel & Friends and Swoon Reads, imprints of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She grew up in Southern Kentucky as “that girl who reads a lot” but soon escaped to NYC where she was lucky enough to land her dream job of working in publishing. After a brief stint in publicity, she soon decided that editing would be much more fun. In 2013 she helped launch Macmillan’s YA imprint Swoon Reads, which is open to online submissions and prioritizes reader and community feedback as a key part of the decision making process. Now she edits books for kids and teens of all ages, with a focus on fantasy, sci-fi and other genre elements, although she does have a few (mostly tech and video game related) non-fiction titles. In general, she’s drawn to books that feature smart kids and which combine magic, technology, and whimsy with snark and heart. She would almost always rather laugh than cry, and likes to describe her job as being a professional fangirl, as it allows her to look through all the pop culture shared with her, find stories to fall deeply in love with, nitpick over them obsessively until they are as close to perfect as possible, and then shove them at other people with great enthusiasm.
Photo credit Rich Dublin.