Atria, defined as “central living spaces open to the air and sky,” perfectly describes the mission of this innovative publisher. Founded in 2002, Atria was from the start intended to be an environment where new ideas could flourish, the best writers of fiction and nonfiction could thrive and connect with an ever-widening readership, and the best practices of traditional publishing could be integrated with cutting-edge developments in the digital world. In short, a place where great books could come to light.
In the years that have followed, the Atria Publishing Group has realized this vision with its creative and motivated staff acquiring, publishing, and marketing a list of successful and highly acclaimed books, many of them award-winners and bestsellers. At Atria, brand-name authors soar to new heights while the finest new voices—the bestsellers of tomorrow—are discovered and nurtured with an eye toward a limitless future. Among the many successful authors Atria is proud to publish are Fredrik Backman, Jack Carr, Common, Armando Lucas Correa, Janet Evanovich, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills, Philippa Gregory, Maria Hinojosa, Lisa Jewell, Thomas Keneally, Karen Kingsbury, William Kent Krueger, Shirley MacLaine, Signe Pike, Rebecca Serle, Diane Setterfield, Dr. David Sinclair, Brian Stelter, Brad Thor, Tina Turner, Cleo Wade, Jennifer Weiner, and Zane.
The Atria Publishing Group publishes books for readers of all tastes and interests under these imprints: Atria Books, Atria Trade Paperbacks, Atria Books Espanol, Washington Square Press, Emily Bestler Books, Atria/Beyond Words, Howard Books, and One Signal.
Libby McGuire (she/her)
Senior Vice President, Publisher
Libby McGuire was named Senior Vice President, Publisher of the Atria Publishing Group in April 2018. In her role she has responsibility for all the editorial and publishing activities of the group’s various hardcover and trade paperback imprints.
Ms. McGuire began her publishing career in 1992 in various positions at HarperCollins, before becoming a national account manager at Simon & Schuster. She joined Random House in 2000, where she was eventually named Executive Vice President and Publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell. At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Ms. McGuire oversaw the publication annually of a list heavy with New York Times bestsellers, in fiction and nonfiction, from both new and established authors, and published the first Pulitzer Prize–winning book in Bantam’s history, TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin. Notable and bestselling authors published under Ms. McGuire’s direction include Lee Child, Daniel Coyle, Rocco DiSpirito, Janet Evanovich, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Emily Giffin, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Kellerman, Dean Koontz, Debbie Macomber, Jodi Picoult, Leah Remini, Jenny Sanford and Danielle Steel. Ms. McGuire was also responsible for the group’s licensed publishing programs ranging from the “Star Wars” franchise to ESPN Books, and imprints including One World, Presidio Press and Del Rey.
Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Ms. McGuire was a literary agent at The Gernert Company.
Ms. McGuire is a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She is on the board of Women's Media Group, and lives in Manhattan with her family.
Suzanne Donahue (she/her)
Vice President, Director of Backlist Marketing and Special Projects
As Director of Backlist Marketing and Special Projects, Suzanne’s focus is growing our backlist sales through targeted marketing, academic outreach, and by identifying projects ideal of repackaging, refreshing, and updating. She works closely with the marketing department to create opportunities to put our books in front of new readers.
Suzanne joined Atria as Associate Publisher in 2015. In that role she oversaw the marketing and publishing plans for both frontlist and backlist titles including the imprints Howard, Strebor, Keywords, Washington Square Press and Enliven. During her time as Associate Publisher, she helped craft campaigns for bestselling books by Sy Montgomery, Kate Morton, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Fredrik Backman, Jess Kidd, Lisa Jewell, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Jen Weiner, Karen Kingsbury and Jack Carr.
Prior to Atria, Suzanne spent 18 years as Associate Publisher of Free Press where she oversaw the marketing for both the frontlist and backlist titles and spearheaded the expansion of the academic and digital marketing programs. While at Free Press she worked on campaigns for bestselling books from Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Joel Osteen, Richard Clark, Dr. Francis Collins, and Martin Seligman. She was the editor of the New York Times bestsellers, It’s All Too Much and Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat by Peter Walsh, the multi-title million copy selling Williams Sonoma Collection, and the new translation of Zorba the Greek. In 2014 she launched and oversaw the daily content and programming for the popular backlist focused blog, Off the Shelf.
A graduate of Emerson College, Suzanne started her career at Simon and Schuster as an assistant in the Managing Editorial department.
Kitt works with Libby McGuire. She manages the publisher’s schedule and acts as a go-between for all departments.
Dana Trocker was named Associate Publisher of Atria Books in November 2020. She works closely with sales, production, editorial, and publicity, and she oversees all marketing for the imprint.
Previously, Dana spent two years as Director of Marketing for Atria and five years in the marketing department at the Simon & Schuster imprint, where she planned and executed campaigns for bestselling fiction and non-fiction. In her various marketing roles, she has worked with authors such as Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alice Hoffman, Chris Cleave, Jennifer Weiner, Fredrik Backman, Brad Thor, Janet Evanovich, Rebecca Searle, WIlliam Kent Krueger, Lisa Jewell, Samin Nosrat, Susan Orlean, and Bob Dylan.
Before joining S&S, Dana worked at Macmillan Speakers Bureau where she brokered paid speaking engagements for in-house authors.
Dana holds a bachelor's degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and a master's degree in Book Publishing from Portland State University. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, their cat, and several dozen houseplants.
Mike joined Atria in April 2019 and assists Suzanne Donahue in the publishing office. In his role, Mike performs administrative duties, tracks industry trends, and acts as an interdepartmental liaison. He’ll read anything, and everything. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Christian University.
Vice President and Editorial Director
Lindsay Sagnette is Vice President and Editorial Director of Atria Books and Washington Square Press. In her time at Atria, she has acquired and edited new books by #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jen Weiner and Lisa Jewell, as well as Rebecca Serle’s instant New York Times bestseller In Five Years, a new novel from New York Times bestseller Jamie Ford, Zakiya Dalila Harris's New York Times bestselling debut, The Other Black Girl, and New York Times bestseller Akwaeke Emezi’s forthcoming romance novel You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty. Prior to her current role, she was Editorial Director for Fiction at Crown, Hogarth, and SJP for Hogarth imprints. While there, she edited and acquired a distinguished list of titles including Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, and A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.
Areas of Interest: Literary Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Memoir
Authors Include: Jennifer Weiner, Lisa Jewell, Rebecca Serle, Akwaeke Emezi, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Anna Bruno, Jamie Ford, Christine Pride, Jo Piazza, Kao Kalia Yang, Gillian Flynn, Anthony Marra, Terry McMillan
Fiora joined Atria in July 2019. Prior to assisting Lindsay Sagnette, she held an editorial position at Henry Holt, where she worked on a range of non-fiction titles, including Bill McKibben and Michael Wolff. She holds a B.A. in Spanish, translation, and creative writing from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course (2018). She is drawn to both fiction and non-fiction featuring dark humor, unusual women, and a dash of pop culture.
Areas of Interest: Literary Fiction and Upmarket Women’s Fiction; Literature in Translation; Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Popular Culture, and Essays
Vice President And Editor-in-Chief
Peter Borland, Vice President & Editor-in-Chief of Atria Books, Washington Square Press, and Howard Books, joined Atria in 2004 after serving in various editorial capacities at Dutton and Ballantine. He edits #1 New York Times bestselling novelists Fredrik Backman and Janet Evanovich, as well as Thomas Keneally, William Kent Krueger, Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, and Cecily von Ziegesar. His nonfiction books include My Love Story by Tina Turner, Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi, I’m Over All That by Shirley MacLaine, The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck, iGen by Jean Twenge, and History of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky. Originally from Virginia, he is a graduate of Haverford College.
Areas of Interest: Commercial and Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Authors Include: Fredrik Backman, Jill Bialosky, Janet Evanovich, Vince Granata, Thomas Keneally, William Kent Krueger, Larry Loftis, Shirley MacLaine, Sy Montgomery, Niklas Natt och Dag, Liese O’Halloran Schwarz, Tina Turner, Cecily von Ziegesar
Vice President, Executive Editor
Trish Todd joined Atria in January 2019, coming over from the Touchstone imprint where she worked as Executive Editor and for 15 years as Editor-in-Chief. She has also worked at Simon & Schuster, Dell Publishing, The Berkeley Publishing Group, Pocket Books, and briefly as a literary agent and as a publicist. She has published many bestselling and award-winning novelists including #1 bestselling authors Philippa Gregory, Richard Paul Evans, and Karen Kingsbury; Janet Skeslien Charles, Kathleen Grissom; Zeyn Joukhadar, Signe Pike, Natalie Standiford, Carol Anshaw, and Vaddey Ratner. Her New York Times bestselling nonfiction includes Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon; Delancey by Molly Wizenberg, Carrie and Me by Carol Burnett, the Madame Chic books by Jennifer L. Scott, The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (which became a movie directed by and starring James Franco); F*ck Feelings by Dr. Michael I. Bennett and Sarah Bennett; Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin; Elements of Style by Erin Gates, and several books by Iyanla Vanzant.
Areas of Interest: Literary and book club fiction and psychology, memoir and biography, history, humor, pop culture, and lifestyle
Authors Include: Carol Anshaw, Megan Campisi, Janet Skeslien Charles, Erin Gates, Philippa Gregory, Kathleen Grissom, David Hallberg, Zeyn Joukhadar, Randy Kennedy, Karen Kingsbury, Laura McBride, Anna Pasternak, Mary Laura Philpott, Signe Pike, Vaddey Ratner, Liza Rodman & Jennifer Jordan, Gareth Russell, Natalie Standiford, Iyanla Vanzant, Susan Rebecca White, and Reese Witherspoon
LEah Miller (she/her)
Leah Miller focuses that help people feel better about their bodies and their lives. She has edited and published award-winning and bestselling prescriptive and narrative nonfiction books throughout her career including books by Bill Nye, Vishen Lakhiani, Hilaria Baldwin, Pedram Shojai, Shaun T, Mira Bartok, Julia Scheeres, and many others. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars program, Leah lives in Westchester with her husband and two children.
Areas of Interest: Health, Wellness, Personal Transformation, Relationships, Parenting, Productivity, Inspiration
Authors Include: Dr. Mike Moreno, Dr. Michael Mosley, Dallas Hartwig, Gary Zukav, Erin Gardner, Collette Heimowitz, Dr. Wendy Suzuki
STEPHANIE HITCHCOCK (she/her)
Stephanie Hitchcock joined Atria in October 2019. She began her publishing career at Dutton and was most recently an Editor at Harper and Harper Business. Stephanie specializes in practical and narrative nonfiction from leading journalists, academics, and thought leaders that tackle big ideas and offer solutions to life’s challenges in the workplace and at home. She has published critically acclaimed and bestselling titles such as The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh, Ultralearning by Scott Young, You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham, and All the Rage by Darcy Lockman.
Michelle Herrera Mulligan (She/Her/Ella)
Michelle Herrera Mulligan is a senior editor who has published groundbreaking fiction and non-fiction including former inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long's NAACP-Award-nominated memoir Free Cyntoia; Koa Beck’s critically lauded White Feminism, and Susan Abulhawa’s novel, Against The Loveless World, a finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. In 2020, she was named one of the top 100 most influential Latinas in the United States by Latino Leaders magazine.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket and Literary fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Literature in Translation, Spirituality, History, Inspiration
Authors Include: Cleo Wade, Danny Trejo, Maria Hinojosa, Rob Kenner, Reyna Grande, Rachel Ricketts, Gabrielle Korn, Preethaji and Krishnaji, Chiquis Rivera, Laura Lee, and JJ Bola
Daniella joined the company in the fall of 2011 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, she was named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch finalist. In her role at Atria, Daniella Wexler acquires and edits literary fiction and select narrative nonfiction from emerging authors. Daniella is particularly drawn to cultural explorations, family dramas, psychological complexity, feminist sensibilities, deep character studies, underrepresented perspectives, moral dilemmas, underdogs, and novels that capture the difficulty—and the beauty—of being alive. She appreciates the irreverent and offbeat and likes to balance her penchant for darkness with redemptive tales of warmth and human connection. As an editor, Daniella is led by her curiosity, reverence for language, and the belief that books bring people together.
Areas of Interest: Literary and Upmarket Fiction; Literary Thrillers; Memoir; Narrative Nonfiction
Kaitlin Olson joined Atria in January 2019. She acquires a broad range of upmarket fiction in the suspense, rom-com, and historical categories and is also looking for select narrative non-fiction and memoir projects. Her books have been nominated for a number of suspense/thriller awards (Edgar, Barry, CWA Dagger), featured as Book of the Month selections, and appeared in many summer reading round-ups and “best of” lists. She loves a fresh hook, unusual structures, and stylish writing. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and began her career at the Simon & Schuster imprint.
Areas of Interest: suspense, historical fiction, rom-coms, upmarket women’s fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction
Authors Include: Anita Abriel, Anna Bailey, Megan Collins, Lisa Duffy, Roxanna Elden, Chris Hammer, Madeleine Henry, Nova Jacobs, Crystal King, Catherine McKenzie, Hannah Orenstein, Cherie Priest, Lucinda Riley, and Martha Waters
You can find more about her project wish list here.
Amar Deol began his publishing career at Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint, where he worked with numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning authors including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bob Woodward, and Richard Rhodes. His upcoming titles include Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s Knicks by Chris Herring, The Newlyweds: Young Love in India by Mansi Choksi, and The Ringmaster: The Life & Times of Vince McMahon by Abraham Riesman, as well as memoirs from ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. His first book, Mitch, Please!: How Mitch McConnell Sold out Kentucky (and America, Too) by Matt Jones & Chris Tomlin was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Areas of Interest: Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, Politics, Film, Current Affairs, Music, Pop Culture, History, Memoir, True Crime and Cultural Criticism
Authors Include: Chris Herring, Mansi Choksi, Tareq Azim, Seth Davis, Matt Jones, Chris Tomlin, Mona Gable, Nathan Grayson, Ali Winston, Darwin BondGraham, Abraham Riesman, May Jeong, Michael Arkush, Gene Wojciechowski, Kirk Herbstreit, and Scottie Pippen
Loan Le (she/her)
Loan Le is an editor at Atria Books. She began her editorial career at Gallery Books and Scout Press, then joined Atria in 2016. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fairfield University in 2014, where she later earned her MFA in fiction. Her most recent title includes Sarah Langan’s Good Neighbors, a B&N Book Club Pick and an Amazon Editors’ Pick for February 2021. Loan is eager to acquire dark, character-driven, and atmospheric upmarket and “literary plus” fiction—literary fiction with propulsive genre elements like magical realism or folklore, horror, mystery, suspense, and/or thriller. The eerier the story, the more likely she’ll like it! Loan is also interested in select narrative nonfiction about obscure topics that have universal impact. Follow Loan on Twitter and check out her expanded manuscript wish list on her website.
When Loan isn’t working, she is writing ghostly short stories and rom-coms, watching edgy K-Dramas, listening to BTS, or exploring New York City.
Authors Include: Sarah Langan, Shea Ernshaw, Carolyn Huynh, Louise Candlish, Jennifer Fawcett, Meredith Westgate, Dylan Marron, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Roxanne Veletzos, Gwen Florio
Topics that capture Loan’s attention: family secrets, sisterhood, murders, trauma, disappearances, hauntings/ghosts (literal and/or figurative!), diverse voices, refugee and immigrant experience, Vietnam War, clever plot twists, and unlikely friendships.
Spark words in pitches: Psychological, genre-bending/mind-bending, unsettling, disquieting, suspenseful, eerie, unpredictable, taut, etc.
I admire and wish I acquired The Book of Speculation and Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler, The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James; Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Universal Harvester by John Darnielle, Help for the Haunted by John Searles, The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao, The Gathering by Anne Enright, The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, Into the Woods by Tana French, The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith; The Demonologist and The Damned by Andrew Pyper, The Stolen Child or The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue.
Recent films/movies related to my reading interests: Netflix shows The Sinner, The OA, and Sense8.
I generally dislike plots centered on sports, marriage drama/betrayals, alternate history, military, and World Wars.
I am not looking for: immersive sci-fi or fantasy (I need to be grounded in reality in some way), romance, second-person narratives, memoirs or prescriptive nonfiction.
Loan's editing philosophy is to respect and preserve the author's style. Her authors can expect a commitment to polishing their work and also long, energetic discussions about the craft of writing.
MELANIE IGLESIAS PÉREZ (she/her/hers/ella)
Melanie Iglesias is an associate editor at Atria Books. She joined the company in 2015 as part of the Simon & Schuster Associates Program, and has worked with debut, celebrity, and New York Times bestselling authors writing in English and Spanish across fiction and nonfiction genres. Melanie is passionate about championing underrepresented voices. She loves stories that highlight the magical in the seemingly mundane or explore new perspectives of the “known” in extraordinary scenarios, and is drawn to multilayered, voicey characters and beautiful, immersive writing with a commercial hook. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and a master’s degree in publishing from NYU.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket or Quality Commercial Fiction, New Adult, Book Club Fiction, Alternate History, Memoirs, Essays, Pop Culture
Authors Include: Kim Neville, Zoraida Córdova, Jen Winston, Emme Lund, Maya Phillips, LeJuan James, Félix J. Palma, Elvira Sastre
Sean holds a B.A. in economics with high honors from Guilford College and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. In his time at Atria he has supported the publications of the bestselling authors Fredrik Backman, Joseph Kanon, Isabel Allende, Thomas Keneally, and Janet Evanovich, among others. He’s also worked on the New York Times bestselling This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger and Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont by Robert Bilott, whose life story is the basis for the film Dark Waters. His recent and upcoming projects include Girls Can Kiss Now by Jill Gutowitz, Bad Moon Rising by John Galligan, and Untitled by the bestselling author of Nobody Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster.
Areas of Interest: Literary Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Business/Economics, Sociology/Current Events, History
Authors Include: Jill Gutowitz, John Galligan, Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster
Prior to assisting Kaitlin Olson and Amar Deol, Jade worked at Vice Media in the community & content strategy departments and William Morris Endeavor in their foreign rights literary department. She holds a B.A. in English and Sociology as well as a pathway in Entrepreneurship from Connecticut College. She is drawn to both fiction and non-fiction with quirky casts of characters, unlikeable narrators who win you over, and atmospheric writing styles.
Areas of interest: Literary and upmarket fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Pop culture, and Cultural Criticism
Alejandra Rocha worked as an editorial assistant intern at Georgetown University Press. She is drawn to vulnerable and evocative stories that embrace complexity and find humanity in unusual places and titles that directly or indirectly engage with social, cultural, and political issues worldwide. Alejandra was born and raised in Mexico City and now calls Brownsville, Texas home. She holds a BSFS in science, technology, and international affairs with minors in Jewish civilizations and religion, ethics, and world affairs from Georgetown University.
Emily Bestler Books
Senior Vice President And Editor-in-Chief
Emily attended Barnard College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and received her MA in English from Columbia University. After attending New York University’s Publishing Program, she began her career at Macmillan Books and then moved to Random House where she became a Senior Editor. Emily was named Editorial Director of Pocket Books and became Executive Editorial Director at Atria/Pocket Books. In 2011, she founded Emily Bestler Books, where she is a Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief.
Areas of Interest: Commercial Fiction, Memoir, General Nonfiction
Authors Include: Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, John Connolly, Terry Hayes, Caroline Kepnes, Nicolle Wallace, Isaac Marion, Sister Souljah, Matthew Betley
Lara Jones (she/her)
Lara joined Emily Bestler Books in 2015. Prior to assisting Emily, she held an editorial position at Europa Editions, working on a wide range of critically acclaimed and bestselling novels in translation. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Lara is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and Seattle University, where she studied English and Italian.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket Mysteries, Thrillers, Psychological Suspense, and Women’s Fiction; Literary Fiction; Literature in Translation; and Memoirs.
Authors Include: Zach Fehst, Lisa A. Nichols, Vanessa O’Brien, Melissa Croce
One Signal publishers
Vice President and Publisher
Julia founded the One Signal imprint in 2018 with the goal of “discovering untold stories, elevating unique voices, and celebrating hidden figures.” Recent books including the national bestseller Keep Moving by the award-winning poet Maggie Smith, Hoax by CNN anchor Brian Stelter, and Ida B. The Queen by Michelle Duster. Before joining Simon & Schuster, Julia was Executive Editor at HarperCollins where she published numerous New York Times bestsellers and award-winning books including Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik, Forward by soccer legend and activist Abby Wambach, Unbelievable by NBC Correspondent Katy Tur, Rabbit: A Memoir by Patricia William, an NAACP Image Award finalist, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Devil in the Grove, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, called “a richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice” by the prize’s committee. Julia spent the first six years of her publishing career at Random House. A longtime Board member of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Julia helped the organization grow from an after-school program in a church basement to a 30,000 square foot facility on Avenue D with a planetarium. Julia was also previously Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing where she hired and led a team of editors. Her personal essay recounting her experience working there helped lead to sweeping changes in the company’s parental leave policies for hundreds of thousands of its workers. She has been profiled in Fast Company magazine and Forbes. A native of Buffalo New York, Julia lives in Brooklyn with her seven-year-old daughter and their rescue dog Sunny.
Areas of Interest: Narrative Nonfiction, History, Memoir
Authors Include: Karen Abbott, Harold Bloom, Irin Carmon, Jason Fagone, Stanley Fish, Gilbert King, Gayle Lemmon, Alan Lichtman, Cass R. Sunstein, Katy Tur, Jessica Valenti, Jose Antonio Vargas, Abby Wambach, Sam Wasson
NICK CIANI (He/Him)
Nicholas Ciani joined Atria in 2019, acquiring for the One Signal Publishing, Black Privilege Publishing, and Atria Books imprints. In the past he has worked at the New Yorker, Macmillan, and at Vigliano Associates where he represented and helped develop projects in fiction and nonfiction.
His list includes social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory’s State of Emergency (“An urgent call for racial justice that demands attention, discussion, and action.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)), Kim Kelly’s Fight Like Hell, a history of the American labor movement, Kathleen McLaughlin’s Blood Money, an examination of the global market for blood plasma, 2021 Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Jena Friedman’s essay collection Not Funny, and Chris Palmer’s The Fresh Prince Project, a cultural history of the famed sitcom.
Nick was a 2020 Publishers Weekly Star Watch nominee. As an agent, he sold novelist Max Gross’ 2020 National Jewish Book Award winner The Lost Shtetl.
Amara joined One Signal in September 2020. Prior to assisting Julia Cheiffetz, she was as an editorial assistant at University of Chicago Press and an intern at Writers House. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 where she studied Economics and Psychology. A native of New Jersey, she enjoys visiting the shore and local museums, and she roots for the New York Giants.
Marketing & Publicity
Director of Publicity
Lisa Sciambra was named Publicity Director in November 2020 and oversees the publicity campaigns for the Atria Publishing Group and all of its various imprints. She joined the Atria publicity department in 2009 and prior to that held positions in publicity with Grand Central Publishing, and Touchstone Books, another imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has always enjoyed working on a wide variety of books, and has most recently worked with Sister Souljah, Maria Hinojosa, Cleo Wade, Philippa Gregory, and helped launch The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles.
Deputy Director of Publicity
David Brown has spearheaded the #1 New York Times bestselling campaigns of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Jodi Picoult. Additionally, he has led publicity campaigns for Jack Carr, William Kent Krueger, John Lescroart and Adam Savage. In 2014 he helped launch the careers of Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim) and Caroline Kepnes (You, Hidden Bodies).
Deputy Director of Publicity
Joanna has worked in book publicity for twenty years, at many of the major publishing houses, including Random House, Basic Books, HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with a focus on serious nonfiction, primarily history, politics, current events, narrative nonfiction, and biography. Some of the authors she has worked with over the years include JD Vance, Megyn Kelly, Michael Korda, Bill Bryson, Niall Ferguson, Senator Scott Brown, Liza Mundy, Douglas Brinkley, Harold Holzer, Ralph Nader, Margaret Drabble, George Will, Donna Brazile, and David Lehman. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, going to museums, watching the Yankees, and of course, reading!
Ariele Fredman (she/her)
Senior Associate Director of Publicity
Ariele joined Atria in 2010 and has launched New York Times bestselling publicity efforts for commercial, literary, mystery, and romantic fiction, as well as pop culture focused titles with writer and actress Issa Rae, Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar, and actor Russell Brand, among others. Some of her most notable authors include #1 New York Times bestsellers Fredrik Backman (Anxious People, A Man Called Ove, Beartown), Jennifer Weiner (Big Summer, Mrs. Everything), Lisa Jewell (Then She Was Gone, The Family Upstairs), and debut novelist Zakiya Dalila Harris (The Other Black Girl). When she’s not reading, she’s big on crafts, cheese platters, and hiking adventures with her family in the suburbs of New York.
Associate Director of Publicity
Shida began her publishing career with Touchstone working as a publicist across both fiction and nonfiction lists. She has had the pleasure of working with Charlamagne tha God, Harriet Lerner, Laura McBride, R.L. Stine, Misty Copeland, Victoria Christopher Murray, Cary Elwes, Bethenny Frankel, Stan Lee and Cecile Richards. She is passionate about advocating great authors, books and exciting ways to promote their work.
Gena Lanzi (she/her)
Gena began her publishing career with William Morrow working on publicity campaigns across both fiction and nonfiction lists. She joined Atria in January 2020 and since has worked on literary, commercial and debut fiction. She’s had the pleasure of handling publicity campaigns for award winning and bestselling authors including Zeyn Joukhadar, Cecily von Ziegesar, Liese O’Halloran Schwarz, and John Connolly as well as debut authors Alex McElroy, Meredith Westgate and Emily Austin. A graduate of Salve Regina University with a B.A in Sociology & Anthropology, she is passionate about advocating for authors and books that add to the ongoing conversation of what it means to be human and how individual choices can affect the world at large.
MEGAN RUDLOFF (she/her)
Megan joined Atria in 2018 and works on a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. She has the pleasure of handling publicity campaigns for authors including Signe Pike, Hannah Orenstein, Amy Poeppel, and Megan Collins, as well as “pup”licizing Atria’s canine-focused titles, such as Piglet, What I Lick Before Your Face, and Dogwinks. A graduate of Susquehanna University and the Columbia Publishing Course, she previously worked at Touchstone Books and interned at Overlook Press.
Falon joined Atria in January 2021 and comes from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, where she worked on an array of fiction and nonfiction titles. She graduated from Manhattanville College in 2017 with a dual degree in English and History and received her Masters in Publishing from Pace University in 2020. Aside from devouring literary fiction, narrative nonfiction and the occasional compelling memoir, Falon loves to spend her spare time with her dogs and on the water.
Liza joined Atria as a Publicity Assistant in September 2020. She previously worked as a temp at The New Press, interned at Macmillan and W. W. Norton, and completed the Columbia Publishing Course. She loves working on nonfiction titles, but reads mostly literary fiction and memoir. Liza holds a B.A. in English literature and Hispanic studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.
Zoe joined Atria Books as a Publicity Assistant in September 2020, returning from a Marketing internship the previous summer. She assists Lisa Sciambra and Ariele Fredman on a variety of publicity campaigns for authors such as Fredrik Backman, Lisa Jewell, Cleo Wade, and Philippa Gregory. A graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in English and American Literatures, she has previously held internships at Marie Claire and Medium.
Maudee joined Atria Books as a Marketing Assistant in November of 2019, following editorial internships with HarperCollins Publishers and FinePrint Literary Management.
At Atria, she plans and executes marketing campaigns for a range of fiction and nonfiction titles and is dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices in literature.
Karlyn Hixson (she/her)
Karlyn joined Atria Books in Feb 2021. She was previously at BookPal where she managed relationships among industry partners and authors, working to identify and increase sales opportunities and be a strategy partner for authors and publisher teams handling bulk and event orders. She also worked at St. Martin's Press on numerous marketing campaigns for a variety of authors including Kim Scott, Jocko Willink & Leif Babin, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Augusten Burroughs, and Daisy Goodwin
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Milena joined Atria Books in June 2017. She was previously at Penguin Random House where she managed publicity campaigns for a wide array of authors including Mike Tyson, Phoebe Robinson, Mamrie Hart, and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Stephen Hunter. While in publicity at Atria Books she managed publicity campaigns for bestselling authors such as Alice Walker, Jean Twenge and Karin Tanabe. Milena joined the marketing department in 2019 where she develops and executes marketing campaigns for a variety of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction including #1 bestseller campaigns for Fredrik Backman, Sister Souljah, Brad Thor and Lisa Jewell.
ISABEL DASILVA (she/her)
Associate Marketing Manager
Isabel joined Atria in 2018 from Touchstone, where she assisted on marketing campaigns for several of the imprint’s titles, including New York Times bestselling books by Cecile Richards, Busy Philipps, and Reese Witherspoon. At Atria, she plans and executes marketing campaigns for a fiction and nonfiction alike, working with authors such as Philippa Gregory, Rebecca Serle, Signe Pike, Adam Savage, and Elvis Duran. She also helps manage social media campaigns and outreach, digital advertising, and imprint brand building.
Raaga Rajagopala (she/her)
Raaga started her role as Atria’s Publicity Assistant in 2019 after getting a BA in French Language & Linguistics from Binghamton University. She assists Joanna Pinsker with Publicity for Atria’s nonfiction titles and Kristin Fassler with Atria’s Marketing. She enjoys autobiographies and YA novels but particularly appreciates stories at the intersection(s) of femininity, queerness, immigration and race.
Paige Lytle joined Atria in March 2016 and oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and graduated from New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute in 2015.
Assistant Managing Editor
Jessie McNiel joined Atria in May 2018. She received her B.A. in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She assists Paige Lytle in managing the production process for Atria and Howard titles.
Managing Editorial Assistant
Iris Chen joined Atria Books in August 2019 after completing the Columbia Publishing Course. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and a minor in creative writing. She has traveled extensively, taking opportunities to intern at publications and agencies in vibrant cities like Shanghai and London. True to her name, Iris is dedicated to bringing vision and color to the world of publishing. She currently assists Paige Lytle in managing reprints.
James Iacobelli is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and has worked for Harper Collins and St. Martin's Press before joining Atria as Art Director.
Art Director, Howard Books
Min Choi joined the Adult Art Department as a Senior Designer in 2003. In her current role as Art Director, she is responsible for directing and designing covers for Atria Books, Howard Books, and Gallery/Pocket Books.
Throughout her career at Atria, has created covers for acclaimed bestselling authors Karen Kingsbury, Douglas Kennedy, Roma Downey, Isaac Mario, and Devon Franklin. Before her position here at Atria, Min was Senior Designer at Random House, Inc, where she designed covers for bestselling authors Linda Howard, Louis Begley, Tracy Hogg and J. R. R. Tolkien; and designed covers for the acclaimed Star Wars Book Series and The Lord of the Rings Book Series. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts.
VP, Director of Subsidiary Rights
Nicole Bond joined Atria as the VP, Director of Subsidiary Rights in May 2019. She has worked in the rights departments of the Hachette Book Group and the Random House Publishing Group and has handled the rights for authors such as Thomas Harris, Admiral William McRaven, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Gwyneth Paltrow and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. A graduate of Barnard College, she started her career as a literary scout with Maria B. Campbell Associates.
Subsidiary Rights Associate
Sara joined Atria in November 2014. She works with Nicole Bond and concentrates on licensing domestic rights for all Atria titles. She holds a BA in English from CUNY Queens College and a Certificate in Book Publishing from NYU SCPS.
Subsidiary Rights Assistant
Kathryn joined Atria Books in January 2019. She was previously at Writers House and Dalkey Archive Press. She is a graduate of University College Dublin, where she studied English with Economics. She assists Nicole Bond with international licensing for Atria titles.