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Susan Marston

Susan Marston Susan Marston is our Editorial Director in New York. Susan has been selecting books for Junior Library Guild for a few years shy of half her life and even after all this time, finds that the work never grows old. She likens finding the perfect book for each slot on the JLG list to solving a tricky and very satisfying puzzle and enjoys the privilege of reading—and falling in love with—great books long before they capture the public imagination.


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July 28, 2015

Remembering Marjorie Jones, former JLG Editorial Director (and Great Human Being)
Written By Susan Marston

Junior Library Guild mourns the passing of Marjorie Jones, former editorial director of the Junior Library Guild, who died on July 22, at the age of 86. Marge was warm, wise, witty, and intellectually sharp. She had very high standards and expectations, and when I began working at JLG, I was always a little intimidated to leave a note on her desk for fear of making a grammatical error. She would regularly send postcards when she was on vacation and, along with her friendly, funny hand-written message, she would correct the mistakes in the card's printed descriptions.

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March 20, 2013

Old Bags & Swag
Written By Susan Marston

Roger Sutton once made fun of me for coming to a board meeting with my possessions in a backpack. "What are you, like, fourteen?" he asked.

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March 01, 2013

She Used to Have a Whole Room!
She Used to Have a Whole Room!
Written By Susan Marston

Eleanor Roosevelt was once a member of JLG's editorial board. At some point, having found a photo in our files, we dubbed the conference area in our last office the "Eleanor Roosevelt Room."

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December 31, 2012

Looking Forward While Looking Back
Written By Susan Marston

I love the annual December everywhere-you-look focus on the events, people, and "best of" the prior twelve months.

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November 15, 2012

A Prophecy Prediction
Written By Susan Marston

How do you know that a new trilogy is off to a promising start? When you are reading it aloud and by page thirty-one, one of your listeners complains that it is going to be a long a wait for books two and three.

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September 21, 2012

The Post-it Post
Written By Susan Marston

Since long before I began working at JLG, we have had a no-writing-in-manuscripts-and-proofs policy. It derived from a time when we frequently returned manuscripts to publishers after our review. Apparently, an assistant once included our reader evaluations inside a box she sent back. The publisher, upset by our assessment, stopped submitting titles to us for consideration (for a time).

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September 10, 2012

Time to Read
Written By Susan Marston

Recently, as I was walking down Fifth Avenue, I heard a twenty-something woman say to a twenty-something man, "The good thing about New York is that you still have time to read."

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September 05, 2012

Belly Laughs
Written By Susan Marston

I do NOT recommend reading A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand (PBH, October 2012) in a quiet room with other people. The reason? Your frequent laughter is likely to make you feel self-conscious.

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August 28, 2012

All Eyes and Ears
Written By Susan Marston

Wrapping my head around what may interest or bother others is something I've worked on for some time, as every book submitted to JLG presents this challenge...

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August 28, 2012

How Many Bears?
Written By Susan Marston

Candlewick Press sent us a school-year calendar in honor of their twenty years in business (I remember our first meeting!). They feature a different bear character for each of thirteen months (August through August), and I bet they are not the only publisher with that depth in bear books.

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