May 26, 2012
An editor for one of the world’s most respected publishers of books for young readers has joined the Advisory Board for the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.
Michelle H. Nagler, the editorial director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, is the newest member of a distinguished board of agents, editors, and publishing insiders who actively support the low-residency writing program and its students.
Nagler brings unique experience and insight into one of the most exciting genres in publishing, said MFA Director Diane Les Becquets.
“Michelle is a passionate advocate for young readers, and she has a fantastic eye for the kind of books that kids and teens want to read,” said Les Becquets, whose most recent young adult books, Season of Ice and Love, Cajun Style, were published by Bloomsbury. “It’s an amazing opportunity for our students to learn from her.”
At Bloombsury, Nagler oversees a diverse list of books for young readers, from picture books to novels for teens. As an acquisitions editor, she has a special fondness for commercial fiction, and loves discovering books that make children excited to read.
“What a joy it is to join the SNHU board,” Nagler said. “As an editor, I have devoted my career to children’s literature, to creating books that spark imagination and instill a lifelong love of reading. Getting the opportunity to work with SNHU students and faculty, who have proven that they are so committed to their craft, is a true honor.”
Nagler’s recent notable projects include the New York Times bestselling Need series by Carrie Jones; the uproarious A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup (an Al Roker Today Show pick); Tonya Bolden’s acclaimed Finding Family; the hip and stylish Too Purpley! picture book series; Leslie Margolis’ Maggie Brooklyn mysteries; and Our Children Can Soar, winner of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Children’s Literature.
Prior to joining Bloomsbury, Michelle helped establish the teen list at Simon Pulse, and edited paperback series and licensed properties at Scholastic.
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