Ashley Hearn (she/ they) is an acquisitions editor at Peachtree Publishing. She’s edited numerous award-winning and bestselling authors including New York Times bestseller Andrew Jospeh White (Hell Followed with Us), Sydney Taylor Notable Book honoree R.M. Romero (The Ghosts of Rose Hill), and TIME magazine “Best Fantasy Novels of All Time” nominee Isabel Ibañez (Woven in Moonlight). When she steps away from her desk, she can be found wandering the North Georgia mountains, swing longswords at her HEMA fencing club, or haunting a local coffee shop. Find her on Twitter @AshleyHearn or Instagram @_AshleyHearn.
Ashley grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After three years of developing the YA fiction list at Page Street Publishing, Ashley joined Peachtree Publishing in 2020 to launch their YA imprint Peachtree Teen. Ashley is always on the lookout for innovative concepts and stand-out voices, seeking to acquire diversely and inclusively, so all readers can see themselves reflected on her list.
Notable authors include: Andrew Joseph White, whose debut Hell Followed with Us is a New York Times and Indie bestseller, a William C. Morris Award finalist, a Los Angels Times Book Prize finalist, and was named an Indie’s Introduce and Indie Next Selection, along with earning three starred reviews; R.M. Romero whose YA debut The Ghosts of Rose Hill is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book, an Indie Next selection, and earned four starred reviews; Amanda DeWitt, whose debut Aces Wild was an editor’s choice pick at the USA Today Book Show; Isabel Ibañez whose debut Woven in Moonlight received two starred reviews, was a William C. Morris Award finalist, and named to TIME magazine’s list of “Top 100 fantasy novels of all time”.
Ashley loves craft beer, creepy things, hiking, and historical fencing. She is also an unabashedly proud geek! Some of her favorite fandoms include: Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, and Fullmetal Alchemist. Her favorite movies include The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Mononoke, and Beauty and the Beast.
- The Guest Book Podcast: Jamie Pacton talks with Peachtree Teen Editor
- Podcast: Chat about body diversity in publishing with editor Ashley Hearn
- SCBWI Wisconsin Interview with Editor Ashley Hearn
- Pitch Wars team interview with Tomi Adeyemi and Ashley Hearn
- Pitch Wars team interview with Alexis Henderson and Ashley Hearn
- Guest blog: Adventures in YA Publishing