❤️💙 BEHIND-THE-SCENES TIME! 💙❤️ Meet our Editorial Director

❤️💙 BEHIND-THE-SCENES TIME! 💙❤️ Meet our Editorial Director

11/19/2021, 11:32:35 PM
❤️💙 BEHIND-THE-SCENES TIME! 💙❤️ Meet our Editorial Director, Becky Saletan. In addition to editing superstars on both the fiction and nonfiction side – Junot Diaz, Sarah Waters, Mohsin Hamid, Masha Gessen & more – Becky is an incredible cook, world traveler, and den mother to the younger staff here at Riverhead. She’s taken cooking classes in Beijing with her author Jen Lin-Liu, bicycled around London with her author Mayor Boris Johnson, and just returned from Dublin where she was meeting with debut writer Claire Louise-Bennett whose first book comes out from us next summer. How did Becky get her start? She majored in English at Yale, and worked at Yale University Press, then moved to Random House to assist to legendary editor Jason Epstein. Over the years, Becky ascended the publishing ladder all the way to Publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, before deciding that she’s prefer to spend more time on editing, and we are lucky she chose to come to Riverhead. Among her most meaningful experience at Riverhead was bringing us the great Peter Matthiessen, with whom she’d worked at parts of her career. Peter came to Riverhead for his final book IN PARADISE. Becky says: “I'd assumed that illness would have taken the stuffing out of Peter, but I was wrong. We battled over some plot points, over the title, and especially over the jacket. But as publication drew near, his energy waned, and one day he sent in some responses to an interview that were practically monosyllabic. I offered to get on the phone with him and prompt him, taking dictation. He answered brilliantly until he drifted off during one answer, losing his train of thought. ‘Just give me a kick and get me started again,’ he said. I read him back what he'd just said, and he caught the thread again and finished with a flourish. Peter died three days before publication, but he got to hold a copy of the book, and he died knowing that so many good things were in place for it, thanks to the incredible group I am so lucky to work with at Riverhead.”

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