OUR Editorial Staff

Vice President, Editor-in-Chief

Peter Borland, Vice President & Editor-in-Chief of Atria Books and Washington Square Press, joined Atria in 2004 after serving in various editorial capacities at Dutton and Ballantine. At Atria, he acquired A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller, as well as Mr. Backman’s subsequent bestselling novels, including My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, and Us Against You. Other novels he has edited include Stardust, Istanbul Passage, Leaving Berlin, and Defectors, all by Joseph Kanon; The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally, and Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff by Sean Penn.  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. A graduate of Haverford College, he is also an Adjunct Instructor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies where he teaches the Introduction to Book Publishing class in the fall semester.

Areas of Interest: Literary and Commercial Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Authors Include: Fredrik Backman, Jill Bialosky, Joan Juliet Buck, Simon Garfield, Sara Gran, Caleb Harper, Joseph Kanon, Thomas Keneally, William Kent Krueger, Casey Legler, John Lescroart, Shirley MacLaine, Niklas Natt ach Dag, Sean Penn, Tina Turner

Sarah Pelz,
Executive Editor

Sarah joined Atria in the spring of 2017. Throughout her career, she’s worked with numerous New York Times bestselling health, wellness, and lifestyle authors, including Dr. David Ludwig (Always Hungry?), Marla Heller (the DASH Diet series), Rip Esselstyn (The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet), Rocco DiSpirito (Cook Your Butt Off), JJ Virgin (The Virgin Diet), and Kimberly Snyder (the Beauty Detox series). Prior to Atria, she worked at Grand Central Life & Style, Harlequin Nonfiction, and McGraw-Hill. Sarah graduated from Dartmouth College where she majored in English & Creative Writing. She is looking for the next big trendsetters in the health and lifestyle categories, and she loves learning something new with every book she edits.

Areas of Interest: Health, Diet, Wellness, Self-help, Relationships, Parenting, Spirituality, Style, Inspiration, Memoir, Cooking

Authors Include: Dr. Michael Mosley, Mark Nepo, Suzy Amis Cameron, Karen Rinaldi, Kimberly Friedmutter

Rakesh Satyal,
Senior Editor

Rakesh Satyal acquires a broad range of nonfiction with an emphasis on narrative-driven books, as well as general fiction and fiction in translation. Satyal began his career at Random House, then spent five years at HarperCollins. He acquired and edited the New York Times bestseller Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger and Tori Amos’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. Satyal has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival and has taught in the publishing program at New York University.

Areas of Interest: Nonfiction, Celebrity, Memoir, Pop Culture, Digital Influencers, Emerging Trends, Literary Fiction, Literature in Translation

Authors Include: Michael Ausiello, John F. Baker Jr., Donald Bogle, James Campbell, Phil Collen, Common, Pino Corrias, Deborah Davis, Joey Graceffa, Marcia Gay Harden, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Michael Mosley, Kevin Powell, Joy Press, Jake Shears, Dana Stevens, William Skidelsky, Mikki Taylor


Daniella Wexler, Editor at Atria Books, joined the company in the fall of 2011 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. In her role at Atria, she acquires and edits literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Daniella is drawn to dark, offbeat stories, new ideas, distinct voices, memorable characters, humor and suspense.

Areas of Interest: Literary and Upmarket Fiction; Memoir; Narrative Nonfiction; Pop Culture; Humor

Authors Include: Jess Kidd, Chloe Benjamin, Matt Gallagher, Dana Czapnik, Gaby Dunn, Sofija Stefanovic, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Anuradha Bhagwati, Nicole Baart, Soraya Chemaly, Gabbie Hanna, Hanna Jameson, Dodie Clark, Armando Correa, Reyna Grande, Carola Lovering, Atticus

Haley Weaver,
Assistant Editor

Haley Weaver graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with Honors in English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and, following editorial internships at The Feminist Press, Columbia University Press, and Overlook Press, joined Atria Books in Spring 2015. She works with Daniella Wexler on a range of fiction and narrative nonfiction titles. For her own list, she is looking for innovative and compelling stories representing a diverse array of experiences, including those of LGBTQ+, people of color, and diverse religious backgrounds. She loves sharp wit, dynamic plot structures, distinctive voices, and shocking twists.

Areas of Interest: Upmarket and Literary Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Mystery, Women’s Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction and Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Memoir

Loan Le,
Assistant Editor

Loan Le is an assistant editor at Atria Books. She graduated with her B.A. in journalism from Fairfield University in 2014, where she later earned her M.F.A. in fiction writing. She runs Young to Publishing's writing group. She is drawn to fiction with misfit characters; dark, psychological atmospheres; and anything that might blend reality and the supernatural. Loan assists Rakesh Satyal.

Areas of Interest: Fiction - literary, historical, psychological thrillers, and upmarket women’s fiction. Nonfiction that focuses on the human behavior in an entertaining way.

Authors Include: Gwen Florio


Melanie Iglesias joined Atria Books as an Editorial Assistant in 2016 after participating in Simon & Schuster’s Associate Program following a Summer Internship in 2015. Melanie has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and an MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from New York University’s School of Continuing Studies. She is also an occasional archer (recurve), champion of the 2015 Pottercon Trivia Contest (Team Hinkypunk Rockers), and fluent in Spanglish. Melanie is passionate about diverse voices, multilayered characters, and immersive worlds. She assists Sarah Pelz, Executive Editor, at Atria and works with Michael Braff, Senior Editor, on Skybound Books.

Areas of Interest: Upmarket, Quality Commercial, Speculative (Upmarket–Commercial Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Alternate History), and Women’s Fiction; Memoir, Popular Culture, and Narrative Nonfiction

Authors Include: Armando Lucas Correa (Spanish), Reyna Grande (Spanish), Félix J. Palma

Sean Delone,
Editorial Assistant

Sean joined Atria in May of 2017 to assist Peter Borland. He holds a B.A. in economics with high honors from Guilford College and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course (2016).

Areas of Interest: Fiction (Literary), Literary Mystery/Suspense, Narrative Nonfiction, Current Events

Emily Bestler Books

Emily Bestler,
Senior Vice President,

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,
Assistant Editor

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.

37 Ink

Dawn Davis,
Vice President and Publisher

In April 2013, Dawn Davis joined Simon & Schuster as the VP and Publisher of 37 INK, an imprint within the Atria Publishing Group. Since launching 37 INK, she has published the highly reviewed Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, the National Book Award finalist, Never Caught: The Washingtons Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, several New York Times bestsellers, including The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood, Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea by Jang Jin- Sung, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, whose show, Insecure, received award recognition in its first season, and I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart. For twelve years, she had been at HarperCollins, directing the Amistad imprint. During her time at Amistad, she published numerous well-known, highly acclaimed bestselling authors, including Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle, and the IMPAC Awards for Fiction; Steve Harvey, author of the #1 bestsellers Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which launched as a #1 box office film and talk show; Chris Gardner, whose life story was published as the memoir The Pursuit of Happyness and the inspiration for the popular motion picture starring Will Smith; Attica Locke, author of the novel Black Water Rising, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Edgar Award, and Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench.

Areas of Interest: Fiction (Literary), Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, History

Chelcee Johns,
Editorial Assistant

Chelcee Johns joined 37 Ink in the fall of 2017. She has previously worked as an Associate Agent at Serendipity Literary Agency, on the editorial team at Moguldom Media Group and as a freelance Editor. She is a graduate of NYU’s MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. She assists Dawn Davis with her projects.


Zhena Muzyka,

Author of Life by the Cup: Inspiration for a Purpose-filled Life, award-winning wellness executive and media personality, Zhena joined forces with Atria to form Enliven in 2015. As the world’s first holistic publishing house for mission-driven authors, Enliven aims to increase readers’ wellness, vitality, and spiritual fulfillment through delivering books filled with fresh takes on ancient wisdom. Enliven Books cultivates emerging talent while uncovering powerful healing modalities to make our world happier and healthier. Located in Ojai and Los Angeles, California.

Areas of Interest: Inspirational, Self-Help, Motivational, Spirituality, Health & Wellness, Consciousness, Green Business, Environmental, Women’s Interest, Spiritual Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Authors Include: Lama Tsultrim Allione, Michaela Haas PhD., Maranda Pleasant, Jes MaHarry

Strebor Books


Zane is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen titles. In addition to writing, Zane is the publisher of Strebor Books International, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. Under Strebor, Zane is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has more than seventy-five authors under her imprint, including the Honorable Judge Greg Mathis and New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree. In December 2005, Strebor Books became the first major publishing house to implement an independent sales representative program. In 2007, Zane launched two new lines of books and published a record sixty titles. In 2009, she launched another line of books called Strebor Quickiez.

Charmaine Parker

Charmaine R. Parker is a former newspaper journalist who worked as a reporter, copy editor, and managing editor. She is the publishing director for Strebor Books.

Howard Books

Beth Adams,
Executive Editor

Beth Adams acquires both fiction and non-fiction for the Christian and inspirational markets. Some of the bestsellers she’s worked on at Howard include Karen Kingsbury’s Love Story, Allison Pataki’s The Accidental Empress, and Life is Short by Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein. Before joining Howard Books in 2012, she worked at Random House and Guideposts. She graduated from Princeton University and has a master’s degree in English from New York University. She is the author or co-author of more than twenty-five novels under various pen names, which she will reveal for the right price.

Becky Nesbitt,

A publishing veteran, Becky acquires and edits both fiction and non-fiction for the inspirational and Christian markets. Recent New York Times bestsellers she’s edited for Howard include all titles by Karen Kingsbury, most currently Love Story and Baxter Family Christmas; Rise of Isis by Jay Sekulow; EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey; What’s So Funny? by Emmy Award-winning comedian, Tim Conway, and Called to Coach by legendary Florida State coach, Bobby Bowden. Over the course of her 25-year career she has also worked with bestselling authors such as Frank Peretti, Tosca Lee, Paul Young, Darryl and Tracy Strawberry, Francine Rivers, Joel C. Rosenberg, Jerry Jenkins, Dinesh D’Souza, Dee Henderson, Randy Alcorn, Joe Gibbs and many others. Before joining Howard Books in 2009, Becky spent 16 years at Tyndale House Publishers in Chicago where she held various editorial positions. She works remotely from her office in Nashville, TN.

Kristen O’Neal,
Editorial Assistant

Kristen O’Neal graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English in 2015. She assists Beth Adams and Becky Nesbitt on faith-based fiction and nonfiction. She’s also a freelance writer, focusing on religion and culture.