Seema Mahanian

Seema Mahanian - Editor Tick

New York, NY, USA

A former Penguin editor of women's fiction, literature, and memoir, with more than seven years of publishing experience

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Overview

I'm a developmental and line editor, with experience at three of the Big 5 publishing houses (Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan) specializing in women's fiction, literary fiction, and memoirs. I also enjoy working on the occasional thriller or narrative non-fiction.

I have a critical eye and love to take a story or piece of writing and find ways to enhance it and make it resonate with readers. I've worked with Jojo Moyes (After You), J. Ryan Stradal (Kitchens of the Great Midwest), and most recently I helped edit Parker Posey's memoir (You're on an Airplane). I want to hear your vision for your book and help you to make it the best it can be.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Literature
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
December, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

I've been a line and developmental editor for more than 30 established and debut authors, including New York Times best-selling authors. I've provided book doctoring and editorial services for celebrity memoirs, and been hired by Penguin Random House, Adaptive Studios, and New York Book Editors.

Manager of Publishing Accounts

Pronoun
September, 2015 – December, 2017 (about 2 years)

I was the editorial director and acquisition lead for the bestselling long-form nonfiction digital imprint, Byliner. I edited long-form journalism focusing on current social and political issues, as well as memoir. I was Pronoun's first editorial hire and an early team member, staying through its acquisition by Macmillan in May 2016.

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House
February, 2014 – September, 2015 (over 1 year)

I was part of the two person editorial team at Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. I developmentally edited multiple New York Times bestsellers including Jojo Moyes' After You, and J. Ryan Stradal's Kitchens of the Great Midwest. I was a line editor for translations such as 100 Days of Happiness, literary fiction such as Re Jane, and commercial fiction including The Book of Polly, and The City Baker's Guide to Country Living.

Publishing Assistant

Scribner Publishing Group
January, 2013 – November, 2013 (10 months)

I provided editorial consultation and revisions for award-winning fiction, including Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See. I gave additional editorial support to various editors across the imprint.

Managing Editorial Assistant

Simon and Schuster
September, 2011 – January, 2013 (over 1 year)

I Project-managed the editorial process for more than 20 books a month for Touchstone and Howard Books

Portfolio (12 selected works)

You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir

Parker Posey

A National BestsellerHave you ever wondered what it would be like talk to Parker Posey? On an airplane, with Parker as your seat companion, perhaps? Parker’s irreverent, hilarious, and enchanting memoir gives you the opportunity. Full of personal stories, whimsical how-tos, recipes, and beautiful handmade collages created by the author herself, You’re On an Airplane is a delight in every way. ... read more

A National BestsellerHave you ever wondered what it would be like talk to Parker Posey? On an airplane, with Parker as your seat companion, perhaps? Parker’s irreverent, hilarious, and enchanting memoir gives you the opportunity. Full of personal stories, whimsical how-tos, recipes, and beautiful handmade collages created by the author herself, You’re On an Airplane is a delight in every way. ... read more

The Peacock Emporium: A Novel

Jojo Moyes

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jojo Moyes, the story of a young woman who finds new meaning in life after opening an eclectic shop and comes to terms with the secrets of her past In the sixties, Athene Forster was the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she was also beautiful, spoiled, and out of control. When she agreed to marry the gorgeous young he... read more

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jojo Moyes, the story of a young woman who finds new meaning in life after opening an eclectic shop and comes to terms with the secrets of her past In the sixties, Athene Forster was the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she was also beautiful, spoiled, and out of control. When she agreed to marry the gorgeous young he... read more

Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel

J. Ryan Stradal

“A sweet and savory treat.” —People“An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu . . . that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are.”—The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s PickKitchens of the Great Midwest is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. It w... read more

“A sweet and savory treat.” —People“An impressive feat of narrative jujitsu . . . that keeps readers turning the pages too fast to realize just how ingenious they are.”—The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s PickKitchens of the Great Midwest is a novel about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. It w... read more

After You: A Novel (Me Before You Trilogy Book 2)

Jojo Moyes

Jojo’s new book, Still Me, the next book featuring Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You, is available now!“We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” —Miami Herald“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live bold... read more

Jojo’s new book, Still Me, the next book featuring Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You, is available now!“We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” —Miami Herald“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live bold... read more

The Book of Polly: A Novel

Kathy Hepinstall

For readers of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Joshilyn Jackson, and Fannie Flagg, with a touch of Terms of EndearmentA laugh-out-loud funny yet poignant novel about a daughter determined not only to keep her mother among the living but to find out the secrets of her long-buried pastWillow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerou... read more

For readers of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Joshilyn Jackson, and Fannie Flagg, with a touch of Terms of EndearmentA laugh-out-loud funny yet poignant novel about a daughter determined not only to keep her mother among the living but to find out the secrets of her long-buried pastWillow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerou... read more

Re Jane: A Novel

Patricia Park

“Re Jane is snappy and memorable, with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures.”—Entertainment WeeklyFor Jane Re, half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Sardonic yet vulnerable, Jane toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a comb... read more

“Re Jane is snappy and memorable, with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures.”—Entertainment WeeklyFor Jane Re, half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Sardonic yet vulnerable, Jane toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a comb... read more

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living: A Novel

Louise Miller

"Mix in one part Diane Mott ­Davidson’s delightful culinary adventures with several tablespoons of Jan Karon’s country living and quirky characters, bake at 350 degrees for one rich and warm romance." --Library JournalA full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home—and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking When Ol... read more

"Mix in one part Diane Mott ­Davidson’s delightful culinary adventures with several tablespoons of Jan Karon’s country living and quirky characters, bake at 350 degrees for one rich and warm romance." --Library JournalA full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home—and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking When Ol... read more

100 Days of Happiness: A Novel

Fausto Brizzi

“Funny, moving. . . I defy anyone to finish this story without tears in their eyes.” —Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie ProjectWhat would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, it’s a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have—by making every moment count.Imperfect, unfaithful, but loveable Lucio has been thrown out of... read more

“Funny, moving. . . I defy anyone to finish this story without tears in their eyes.” —Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of The Rosie ProjectWhat would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, it’s a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have—by making every moment count.Imperfect, unfaithful, but loveable Lucio has been thrown out of... read more

Enchanted August: A Novel

Brenda Bowen

“A charming, thoroughly engrossing novel that’s the next best thing to being there.” —People Magazine Hopewell Cottage Little Lost Island, Maine. Old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island. Springwater, blueberries, sea glass. August.So reads an ad on Lottie Wilkes’ and Rose Arbuthnot’s children’s preschool bulletin board. When the mothers arrive on the island, they are transformed by the s... read more

“A charming, thoroughly engrossing novel that’s the next best thing to being there.” —People Magazine Hopewell Cottage Little Lost Island, Maine. Old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island. Springwater, blueberries, sea glass. August.So reads an ad on Lottie Wilkes’ and Rose Arbuthnot’s children’s preschool bulletin board. When the mothers arrive on the island, they are transformed by the s... read more

Thursday's Children: A Frieda Klein Mystery (Freida Klein Book 4)

Nicci French

“Fierce, fascinating and full of insight, Frieda Klein is irresistible.”—Val McDermid, bestselling author of Splinter the Silence The electrifying fourth book in the internationally bestselling Frieda Klein Mystery seriesFrieda Klein is uninterested in catching up on old times when her former classmate, Maddie Capel, shows up at her door—until she hears about Maddie’s troubled daughter, Becky.... read more

“Fierce, fascinating and full of insight, Frieda Klein is irresistible.”—Val McDermid, bestselling author of Splinter the Silence The electrifying fourth book in the internationally bestselling Frieda Klein Mystery seriesFrieda Klein is uninterested in catching up on old times when her former classmate, Maddie Capel, shows up at her door—until she hears about Maddie’s troubled daughter, Becky.... read more

Like Family: A Novel

Paolo Giordano

“From aide to nanny and housekeeper . . . Paolo Giordano examines this unusual relationship in the context of one household of three. . . . Spare, elegant.”–The New York Times “Like Family. . . demands to be savored. . . Giordano's emphasis on how we choose to live and love offers subtle hope that our decisions actually matter.”—NPR.orgFrom the author of the international bestseller The Solitu... read more

“From aide to nanny and housekeeper . . . Paolo Giordano examines this unusual relationship in the context of one household of three. . . . Spare, elegant.”–The New York Times “Like Family. . . demands to be savored. . . Giordano's emphasis on how we choose to live and love offers subtle hope that our decisions actually matter.”—NPR.orgFrom the author of the international bestseller The Solitu... read more

The Nothing We Know: (And The Something We Don't) (An Academy Adventure Book 1)

Gregory Bonsignore

Two thousand years ago Plato’s Academy was forced underground and into obscurity. Though hidden from sight, they continued their Socratic mission—protecting the truth at all costs—and generations of the world’s greatest minds have since filled the ranks of this secret society. It is now 1935 and five young scholars from across the globe have been tapped to carry the torch and begin the hunt fo... read more

Two thousand years ago Plato’s Academy was forced underground and into obscurity. Though hidden from sight, they continued their Socratic mission—protecting the truth at all costs—and generations of the world’s greatest minds have since filled the ranks of this secret society. It is now 1935 and five young scholars from across the globe have been tapped to carry the torch and begin the hunt fo... read more

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