conferences if she thinks they might
work at Doylestown.
Although Sheridan is known for her
enthusiasm for children’s books—even
going so far as to kiss the cover of J.A.
White’s The Thickety at store presentations for teachers and librarians (another
effective old-school tactic)—it wasn’t
always that way. Sheridan started her
career as a general bookseller, and when
no one else wanted to buy kids books at
Unabridged, she took it on by default.
Nine years ago, when she took a job with
Harper it was as an adult rep.
After switching to children’s books,
Sheridan says, “I would never go back.
I’m so pro-children’s books and children’s
bookstores. We’re talking about literacy.
I take that responsibility seriously. If not
for well-written children’s books at every
level, there would be no audience for
well-written adult books.”
She also finds selling children’s books
more satisfying and is proud to have
helped promote, and sometimes launch,
children’s book authors such as Veronica
Roth, Jane O’Connor, and Katherine
Applegate. The last of these three
thanked her by name when Applegate
won the Newbery Award for The One
and Only Ivan. “I think some of the best,
not to mention bestselling, books being
published are coming from the YA and
middle-grade categories. I spend more
time reading these books than doing just
about anything else,” says Sheridan.
Well, almost anything else. Sheridan
does a lot of traveling and visits accounts
in seven states throughout the year, plus
she attends Winter Institute, Children’s
Institute, the Heartland Fall Forum, and
Not that Sheridan would have it any
other way. For her, being a children’s rep
for Harper is “the best job I can imagine.
And I gladly give it my heart every day.”
But she acknowledges that it takes a
village to make a rep, and she credits the
quality of the books she sells; the dedication of the book buyers she sells to;
her manager, Kathy Faber; and the
HarperCollins children’s division for
her success. ; C
of the Year!
for over thirty years
with erudition and wit
PW wants to thank this year’s juries, and Donna Paz Kaufman of the Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates. Bookstore of the Year judges: Ruth Liebmann, Penguin
Random House; Craig Popelars, Algonquin/Workman; Karen Torres, Hachette Book Group;
Rachel Geiger, Chronicle; and Teresa Rolfe Kravtin.
Rep of the Year judges: Diane Capriola, Little Shop of Stories; Willard Williams, Toad Hall
Books; Mary Ellen Wood, Schuler Books; Anne Holman, the King’s English; and Pete Mulvi-hill, Green Apple Books.
Thank You, Judges
Rep of the Year