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Samantha H. McFerrin

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Executive Editor

Disney Publishing Worldwide
Phone: (818) ***-****  
Email: s***@***.com
Local Address:  Glendale , California , United States
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista St
Burbank , California 91521
United States

Company Description: The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company. The Company operates in five segments: Media Networks,...   more

Employment History


  • bachelor's degree , journalism and film
    University of California at Berkeley
  • bachelor's degree , English
33 Total References
Web References
Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
Samantha McFerrin, Editor, Harcourt Children's Books (Council Member)
Welcome to The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Website, 18 June 2009 [cached]
Samantha McFerrin Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Books Samantha McFerrin is an editor at Harcourt Children's Books where she acquires and edits picture books and middle grade and young adult fiction. At the moment, she's working hard to grow her fiction list. Some subjects that grab her attention are unusual love stories, authentic urban fiction, stories for boys (though not really sport stories), mysteries, magical realism, and stories told from a unique cultural perspective. She is the editor of the Geisel Honor book Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie; the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales; and the Charlotte Zolotow Honor book In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Samantha previously worked as a children's book editor for Chronicle Books in San Francisco.
Robin Friedman | Interviews | Samantha McFerrin, Editor, 14 Dec 2007 [cached]
Samantha McFerrin
Samantha McFerrin, Editor
Harcourt Children's Books (2004)
Samantha McFerrin graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in English and an emphasis in journalism and film. In May 2003, she decided to move from San Francisco, where she was working as an assistant editor with Chronicle Books, to New York. She wanted to become part of the traditional New York children's book publishing community. Working as a children's book editor with Harcourt has been a dream come true.
Harcourt only accepts manuscripts sent by agents. Samantha is no longer able to accept unsolicited manuscripts at her New York address except from writers and illustrators she meets at conferences.
Samantha McFerrin
"A family story can involve any ..., 20 Jan 2014 [cached]
"A family story can involve any range of family members, just two or a whole slew!," adds Samantha McFerrin, editor at Harcourt Children's Books.
"In a story about an individual you can have a very character-driven story, which doesn't mean a family story can't have a strong lead character," says McFerrin.
"I think family stories that involve issues really bring the whole family into the spotlight," says McFerrin.
"I think it's shifting toward unconventional families," says McFerrin, "because that market has broadened some.
"Families are important subjects for books for young readers and they make for great, great stories," says McFerrin.
Annual Conference - New York, 20 Aug 2006 [cached]
Samantha McFerrin
Samantha McFerrin is an editor at Harcourt Children's Books in New York.She specializes in picture books (both fiction and nonfiction), chapter books, and middle grade and YA fiction.Books she has edited include Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales, which received the 2004 Pura Belpré Award and starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist; and the forthcoming Bebé Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Steven Salerno; and Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser.A few subjects that really grab her attention these days are little-known stories about well-known people, novels for reluctant readers (though, not necessarily sport stories), sweet middle grade stories, and YA novels told from a unique cultural perspective.She's always on the lookout for talented new illustrators and writers.
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