Ryan Harrington

Ryan Harrington - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Development editor with over ten years experience in trade book publishing, most recently as Senior Editor at Melville House

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I have worked in book publishing for over 12 years. I started my career at the Overlook Press, went on to become an assistant editor at W. W. Norton, became Senior Editor at Melville House, and am now Senior Editor at Timber Press.

I have edited New York Times Bestselling non-fiction such as David K. Johnston’s THE MAKING OF Donald Trump and Jenny Odell’s HOW TO DO NOTHING, which also won a Porchlight Business Book Award. I edited Joshua Rivkin’s biography of Cy Twombly, CHALK, which was nominated for the PEN / Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and the Marfield Prize, as well as Alicia Elliott’s Amazon Editor’s Pick A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND.

In fiction I have edited everything from the comic novel NIETZSCHE AND THE BURBS by Lars Iyer to the magical realist IMMORTALS OF TEHRAN by Ali Araghi; from Miles Franklin Award-winning literary thriller BLACK ROCK, WHITE CITY by A.S Patric to the novel-in-interviews THE BOOK OF FORMATION by Ross Simonini.

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English (US)
Humanities & Social Sciences
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Senior Editor

Melville House
April, 2016 – October, 2020 (over 4 years)

In my nearly five years there, I acquired bestselling and award-winning titles in current events, memoir, history, pop culture, and literary fiction.

Assistant Editor

W. W. Norton
February, 2012 – April, 2016 (about 4 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Making of Donald Trump

Johnston, David Cay

Ryan has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Raymond Prior
Great work. Insightful and informed feedback. Timely work.

Raymond Prior, January 2022

Raymond Prior
Ryan was great to work with. His skill for editing is profound. The draft of my book he worked with was good, but too wordy. Ryan was able to strengthen my writing, streamline sections, and make the words reach the reader more directly. He was also wonderful at telling me what sentences and paragraphs needed to go and why. It's difficult for writers to let go of their words at times, but Ryan...
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Raymond Prior, January 2022

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