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Megan Hustad

Megan Hustad - Editor

New York

I enjoy developmental editing almost as much as I love line editing. The collaboration is fun, and the results can be life-changing.

Overview

I've 15 years of experience in the book business. First I worked in editorial at Random House (now Penguin Random House), then at Basic Books and Counterpoint Press, where I got to work on a nice mix of literary fiction and nonfiction. Since venturing out on my own, my editing clients have included college presidents and U.S. Representatives, journalists and CEOs and chefs, plus the occasional friend who's written a children's book. What makes me effective is brutal honesty combined with a genuine, deep-seated desire to help people get their ideas across. You can expect equal parts encouragement and razor-sharp sentence rewrites (when needed).

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Humor & Comedy Literature Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Education & Reference Health & wellbeing History Politics & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality Social & Behavioral Sciences Technology Travel

Work experience

President

Wherewithal Press

June, 2005 – Present (over 11 years)

Editor

The Perseus Books Group

January, 2003 – May, 2005 (over 2 years)

Editorial Assistant

The Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group (now Knopf Doubleday)

February, 2000 – September, 2002 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (3 selected works)

Jesus Land: A Memoir

Julia Scheeres

Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother—more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children—and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending m... read more

Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother—more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children—and a violent father. In this riveting and heartrending m... read more

The Suitors: A Novel

Ben Ehrenreich

This audacious reimagining of The Odyssey finds Penny home alone while Payne, a modern-day Odysseus, gallivants around the world on battleships and attack helicopters, waging wars of conquest. A drinking, drugging crew of ne’er-do-well squatters surrounds Penny, eager for her attention. Even their most eyebrow-raising exploits can’t distract her, though, as she angrily pines for Payne. But whe... read more

This audacious reimagining of The Odyssey finds Penny home alone while Payne, a modern-day Odysseus, gallivants around the world on battleships and attack helicopters, waging wars of conquest. A drinking, drugging crew of ne’er-do-well squatters surrounds Penny, eager for her attention. Even their most eyebrow-raising exploits can’t distract her, though, as she angrily pines for Payne. But whe... read more

Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track

Richard P. Feynman

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber--Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track-collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters-offers an unprecedented look at the writer and thinker whose scientific mind ... read more

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a loving husband and father, an enthusiastic teacher, a surprisingly accomplished bongo player, and a genius of the highest caliber--Richard P. Feynman was all these and more. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track-collecting over forty years' worth of Feynman's letters-offers an unprecedented look at the writer and thinker whose scientific mind ... read more

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