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.

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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).

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

Work experience

President

Wherewithal Press
June, 2005 – Present (about 13 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

Based loosely on 'The Odyssey', this novel focuses less on the Odysseus character (renamed Payne) than on the Penelope character (now Penny), following the eyebrow-raising exploits of her much-maligned, ill-fated suitors.

Based loosely on 'The Odyssey', this novel focuses less on the Odysseus character (renamed Payne) than on the Penelope character (now Penny), following the eyebrow-raising exploits of her much-maligned, ill-fated suitors.

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 mi... 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 mi... read more

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