Sue Grimshaw is the Category Specialist and Editor at Large and actively acquires for the Penguin-Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine Bantam Dell, Loveswept and Flirt. Previously, Sue was employed as Romance Buyer for Borders and Waldenbooks stores for almost sixteen years.
Sue works with New York Times bestselling authors Virna DePaul, Tracy Wolff, Ruthie Knox, to name a few, and USA Today bestselling authors Stacey Kennedy, Tina Wainscott, Mira Lyn Kelly, Tina Leonard, Bronwen Evans, Maggie McGinnis and many more talented writers – and still acquiring!
Sue is a previous recipient of the prestigious Vivian Stephens Industry Award from the Romance Writers of America. Other honors include the Melinda Helfer Award from the Romantic Times organization, Romcon Champion Award recipient, as well as many other RWA chapter group recognitions and corporate awards for excellence. Sue is one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry and truly enjoys sharing her knowledge of the Romance genre.
We asked Sue some questions about her job. Here are her answers.
1. What would most people be surprised to know about you?
I would say most people are surprised to learn that I love the outdoors – love to ski, bicycle and hike and have become an avid bird watcher.
2. If you could go anywhere on vacation and money was not object, where would you go and why?
France – there’s so much history, so much to see, and of course I would go during the tour (Tour de France).
3. What excites you about your job? I love finding new stories and introducing them to readers.
I adore escaping into the worlds authors create and I enjoy sharing them with other readers.
4. What would you like authors to know about working with an editor or agent?
I believe choosing the right agent or editor is different for everyone. People work differently and have different expectations so make sure you choose someone who works similarly to you.
5. What would you absolutely love to see come across your desk right now?
I would love to see the next mega bestseller enter my inbox, but the odds of that are probably not great. However, I’m always excited to see new submissions and find that diamond in the rough – after all that is what my job is all about.