Shannon Roberts

Specializes in YA, speculative, and contemporary adult fiction

Shannon Roberts has always had an interest in the world of media and publishing. In 2007 she graduated as a mass communication major from the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she had worked during her senior year as a writing tutor and consultant. Using that experience, she began offering her editing services freelance to a number of small clients locally, while also undergoing an internship at Front Street Books (an extension of Boyds Mills Press). A year later, she began working closely with The Editorial Department founder Renni Browne, as an editorial assistant and manuscript consultant. Over the years, she and Renni have edited a lot of debut fiction together, some of which has hit bestseller lists, including the New York Times list. She is now a full editor on her own but also teams with Renni on select fiction projects.

Shannon has a great love for fantasy and science fiction, including authors such as Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury. She also has a particular interest in academic nonfiction, notably philosophy and sociology. Media law, while not a specialty, is certainly a hobby. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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