Ashley Hearn is an acquisitions editor at Peachtree Publishing. Previously, they spent three years at Page Street Publishing working with authors such as Isabel Ibañez, Lori M. Lee, Candice Montgomery, Sonia Hartl, and Addie Thorley. When Ashley steps away from their desk, they can be found sampling craft beer, armchair-quarterbacking for the Green Bay Packers, or haunting a local coffee shop.
Ashley grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. They joined Page Street Publishing in 2017 to develop its YA fiction list. Ashley is always on the lookout for commercial concepts and stand-out voices, seeking to acquire diversely and inclusively, with the goal of all readers being able to see themselves reflected on their list.
Notable authors include: Candice Montgomery, whose debut Home and Away was named a “Best Book of 2018” by Kirkus Reviews; Addie Thorley, whose debut An Affair of Poisons received a starred review in School Library Journal and was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; Sonia Hartl, whose debut Have a Little Faith in Me was a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee and a Rise: A Feminist Book Project list nominee, among other honors; Isabel Ibañez whose debut Woven in Moonlight received starred reviews in Shelf Awareness and Book Page and was reviewed in NPR; and Lori M. Lee, whose epic fantasy Forest of Souls was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection.
Ashley loves craft beer, creepy things, colonial architecture, everything about the fall, saltwater and brine, road trips, and being a part of the writing community. They are also an unabashedly proud geek! Some of their favorite fandoms include: Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, and shōnen animes like Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan. Their favorite movies include The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Mononoke, and Beauty and the Beast.
- Fat Like Me: A chat about body diversity in publishing with Page Street editor Ashley Hearn
- SCBWI Wisconsin Interview with Editor Ashley Hearn
- Guest blog: Adventures in YA Publishing
- Pitch Wars team interview with Tomi Adeyemi and Ashley Hearn
- Pitch Wars team interview with Alexis Henderson and Ashley Hearn