Teresa Pütz



Position: Editor for International Fiction

Website: S. Fischer Verlag

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Main areas of interest: 

  • Literary and upmarket fiction
  • Memoir
  • Narrative non-fiction

Teresa Pütz has been Editor for International Fiction at S. Fischer Verlag in Frankfurt since 2016. A graduate of Literature, Political Science and Media Studies in Trier and Lisbon, she worked for Germany’s Goethe-Institut for culture overseas, and as a lecturer in German philology at the University of Trier. Teresa began her publishing career in the Press and Rights Department at Random House Germany in 2012, followed by an editor position at Droemer Knaur in Munich, where she worked with authors such as Iain Reid, Paulo Lins, Nathan Filer, Sebastian Fitzek, Nina George, and Jennifer Haigh.

At Fischer, she works on a wide range of international literary and upmarket fiction, and narrative non-fiction, and focuses on the US and Commonwealth markets for Fischer’s literary list. She also reads French and Portuguese. Teresa has a particular interest in stories that hit the ‘sweet spot’ between literary and commercial, including current topics with an outstanding pitch and an uplifting message, such as SPIEGEL-Bestseller La Tresse (The Braid) by Laetitia Colombani; Meredith May’s The Honey Bus; and Charlotte McConaghy’s forthcoming novel Migrations, which is S. Fischer’s lead title for the northern fall 2020. Teresa’s most recent acquisitions include Regina Porter’s The Travelers; Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light; and Emma Stonex’s The Lamplighters. Other authors she has worked with (or currently works with) include Jennifer Egan, Peter Carey, Christina Dalcher, Javier Marías, Katie Hale, Andrew O’Hagan, Lana Bastašić, and Kyra Wilder.

S. Fischer is one of the oldest publishing houses in Germany, its success based on classics like Thomas Mann, whom Fischer published from his first book onwards. It has a strong international literary edge with bestselling and award-winning authors such as J.M. Coetzee, Alice Munro, Richard Powers, and Joyce Carol Oates. Recently, Fischer has had great success with the novels by Arundhati Roy, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Khaled Hosseini and Laetitia Colombani, and is the German home for many contemporary voices such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Taiye Selasi, Édouard Louis, and Karina Sainz Borgo. Australian authors S. Fischer has published include Graeme Simsion, Tim Flannery, and AJ Betts.

Which books do you wish you had published?

Normal People by Sally Rooney; H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald; The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

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