Nicole Ellul joined Simon & Schuster in February of 2012 after previous roles with Bloomsbury Children’s Books and the picture book publisher, Sleeping Bear Press. She has edited a variety of books including New York Times bestsellers Love & Gelato, Rachel Lynn Solomon’s See You Yesterday, The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith and The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, along with Indie Next List titles such as the space opera Sky Without Stars (Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell) and Winterwood (Shea Ernshaw). She has been overjoyed editing the critically acclaimed Jenn Bennett romances, along with recently working on a non-fiction for teens that explores mental and emotional wellness through magic and mystical practices (something that interests her VERY much). During her editorial career, she also had the honor of working on books by the immensely talented Jodi Picoult, Philippa Gregory, and R.L. Stine. A former college volleyball player, Nicole graduated with a BA in History and English Language and Literature from Grand Valley University located in Grand Rapids—one of the vibrant artistic hubs in her home state of Michigan.
Nicole is looking for books from picture books to YA that have a storybook atmosphere and lyrical writing that feels ethereal (on the hunt for an Erin Morgenstern for YA.) In MG and YA, she is leaning more towards light fantasy that feels commercial, and a romance in YA is a must! In picture books, it’s all about the lush atmosphere and musical quality. She has a gothic soul, and would love more projects that capture the Tim Burton / Guillermo del Toro vibe / atmosphere across any age and genre! Also, books that explore magic–especially those exploring witches/witchcraft–are welcome in all formats!