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Her answer to the question, what makes a compelling book is: "Emotional connection, whether picture book or novel. And how is this book different? A new voice, or point of view? Does it impress me?
Dream project? Rotem says: Really want to find a middle grade novel that makes you cry... and is happy, like Anne of Green Gables. For picture books it has to be AWESOME.
Wendy asks if there was a book that hooked you from the beginning and went on to do well in the market/critically?
Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz is the book that comes to mind first for Rotem, and she's happy to announce the sequel will be out in September.
What's the difference to you in a project where you acquire it, but it needs a lot of work, vs. a project you don't accept?
"It's having the vision of how to help the author make a book sing. The book has to go to the right editor and the right house, it's an alchemy."
A book you wish you could have worked on? Rotem says, Dory Fantasmagory, it's hilarious.