Executive Editor | G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Stacey Barney is an executive editor at G.P. Putnam’s Books for Young Readers. She acquires middle grade, young adult, and select nonfiction and picture books. She has edited the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh as well as the 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning Firebird by American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers, and the 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor-winning Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter. She has also edited award-winning authors Kristin Levine (The Lions of Little Rock), Tara Sullivan (The Bitter Side of Sweet), and Sheila O’Connor (Sparrow Road) as well as New York Times bestsellers The Reader by Traci Chee, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, and Happy by Pharrell Williams.
There is power in an opening line (or an opening scene). It is the parting of a curtain, that first glimpse of the world that lies within a book. It can inform, deceive, entice, and so much more. But we shouldn’t dismiss the ending, either. That’s the drop of the curtain, and it doesn’t necessarily […]