Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 23, 2009

Caroline Meckler, Wendy Lamb Books

Caroline Meckler, Associate Editor, Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Children’s Books

Bio:  Caroline is an Associate Editor at Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, which specializes in middle grade and young adult fiction. She started her editorial career in 2004 at Henry Holt for Young Readers and worked on a wide range of books, from pre-school picture books through fiction and non-fiction for older readers, before moving to Wendy Lamb books at Random House in July of 2007.  Recent WLB titles that reflect her taste include How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt; First Light by Rebecca Stead; Would You by Marthe Jocelyn; and Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury. Other authors published by WLB include Christopher Paul Curtis, Patricia Reilly Giff, Donna Jo Napoli, Elizabeth Winthrop, and Walter Dean Myers. Caroline is seeking to acquire novels with nuanced characters, multi-layered stories, and unique voices. She particularly enjoys adventure/mystery, reality-based fantasy, voice-driven YA, humor, and historical fiction.

Submission info: Wendy Lamb Books publishes 12 to 15 hardcover middle grade and young adult fiction titles per year. Please note, they do not publish illustrated picture books. They do accept unsolicited queries: send the first 10 pages of your manuscript (or until the end of the first chapter) along with a cover letter, synopsis, and self-addressed stamped envelope. They will respond to your query within eight to ten weeks. Before sending your query, please take a look at some of their recent titles to get an idea of what they are looking for.

Mail your query to:        

Submissions Editor
Wendy Lamb Books                                                                                            Random House Children’s Books 
1745 Broadway 9-2                                                                                                      New York, New York 10019.

Good Luck,



  1. Great info! Thanks!
    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience
    Ch. 1 is online!


  2. I’ve been teaching my students to look for good books not only based on author but through editors as well. I’m having trouble finding an easily accessible list of book published by Wendy Lamb.


    • I am sure I can come up with one – maybe later this week.



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