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Flatiron Books

Flatiron Books a division of Macmillan, founded in 2014 with a simple philosophy: publish a relatively small number of titles so that each book could be supported by an extraordinary amount of editorial attention, marketing, and publicity. Founded by publishing veteran Bob Miller, President and Publisher, known for starting and running Hyperion Books for Disney for 18 years, Flatiron has published forty New York Times bestsellers in its first four years, including ten #1 bestsellers. Flatiron has published non-fiction by such authors as Oprah Winfrey, Vice President Joe Biden, Jenny Lawson, James Comey, Dr. Michael Greger, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Brad Meltzer, and fiction by such authors as Liane Moriarty, Laurie Frankel, Leigh Bardugo, Shobha Rao, Jane Harper, Stephanie Garber and Melissa Albert.



Miller founded Hyperion for Disney in 1990 and was its president and publisher until 2008. He began his career at St. Martin’s Press and has also worked at Delacorte Press, HarperCollins, and Workman. Key titles Miller has acquired for Flatiron to date include What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey, The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost, Promise Me, Dad by Vice President Joe Biden, and The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch.

Lynch acquires a broad range of fiction and select nonfiction. She comes to Flatiron from Ecco, where she served as Vice President and Editorial Director, and before that she worked for 11 years at Riverhead Books. Among the books she’s edited are The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Vacationers by Emma Straub and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, and she’s worked with a range of acclaimed and bestselling authors including Ben Fountain, Patrick DeWitt, Carrie Brownstein, Helen Oyeyemi, Nell Zink and Dinaw Mengestu. Her authors have won or been finalists for numerous awards including the MacArthur “Genius” grant, the Whiting Award, the National Book Award and the Booker Prize.

Wagman publishes a mix of crime fiction and thrillers, literary fiction, and non-fiction. He comes to Flatiron from Ecco where he was an executive editor. Among the works he’s edited and published include Dennis Lehane’s New York Times bestseller Since We Fell; Jonathan Lethem’s The Feral Detective; Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here, a New York Times bestseller and “Read With Jenna” pick; Christine Mangan’s national bestseller Tangerine; James McLaughlin’s Edgar Award-winner Bearskin; as well as books by Ivy Pochoda, Steph Cha, David Koepp, Sarah Weinman, and MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki. Prior to Ecco, he worked at Crown, where he helped launch the Hogarth imprint. He began his career at Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books.

Barley publishes a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for young adults as well as select projects for other ages. Among the books she’s edited are The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean, and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. Her authors have been #1 New York Times and national bestsellers and have won or been finalists for many awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award, the William C. Morris Award, the Stonewall Award, the Carnegie Medal, and the Lambda Literary Award. Barley started her career at Random House Children’s Books and prior to launching Flatiron’s young adult program, she was an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books and HarperTeen.

Kopprasch is looking for suspense, mystery, and thrillers for Flatiron. Her authors at Flatiron include Jane Harper (The Dry was a New York Times, Indie, and #1 international bestseller that was chosen as Amazon’s #1 Best Mystery & Thriller of the Year); Sarah Pinborough (Behind Her Eyes was a New York Times, Indie, and #1 international bestseller); Steve Cavanagh (winner of the Prix Polar Award for Best International Novel and author of, among others, the international bestseller Thirteen); and Deborah E. Kennedy (Tornado Weather was an Edgar Award nominee for Best First Novel). Upcoming novels include Chandler Baker’s Whisper Network, S.A. Lelchuk’s Save Me From Dangerous Men, and Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare. Kopprasch was formerly an editor at Crown, where her acquisitions included Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s New York Times bestseller Bittersweet, Nina George’s New York Times and #1 Indie bestseller The Little Paris Bookshop, and Han Kang’s Man Booker International winner The Vegetarian.

At Flatiron, Nieto will be acquiring upmarket and literary fiction, YA, and select nonfiction, with a focus on work by Latinx and BIPoC. She is drawn to innovative, language-driven work in fiction, and idea-driven, researched nonfiction on culture, feminism, immigration, and the environment. The authors she’s edited and published include Carmen Maria Machado, Lilliam Rivera, Yuri Herrera, Danielle Evans, Leslie Jamison, Laura van den Berg, Rion Amilcar Scott, Stephen Graham Jones, Helen Phillips, and Amber Sparks. Nieto was previously Director of the Literary Awards Program at PEN America, and Managing Editor of the award-winning literary fiction annual NOON. She is on the board of Latinx in Publishing.

Bleeke is acquiring literary and upmarket commercial fiction for Flatiron, with an emphasis on underrepresented voices, innovative structure and style, writing with a strong sense of place, and heart. Her list includes Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage (winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize), Anne Youngson’s Meet Me at the Museum (finalist for the Costa First Novel Award), Neel Patel’s If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi (a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and an NPR Best Book of the Year), New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo’s The Night Tiger, and forthcoming titles from IMPAC Dublin Award finalist Angie Cruz and White Review Short Story Prize winner Julia Armfield. Bleeke was previously an editorial assistant at Alfred A. Knopf, and she has a Master’s degree in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature.

Houser is acquiring idea-driven and literary nonfiction for Flatiron, including science writing, cultural criticism, history, and reportage. She is drawn to ambitious arguments, unexpected connections, new worlds, and anything secret, strange, and/or forgotten. Authors she has worked with include Rachel Maddow, Ai Wei Wei, Ted Koppel, Daniel Libeskind, Nicholas Kristof, Lauren Markham, and Gary Krist. She has edited New York Times bestsellers, a Ridenhour Prize winner, and finalists for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, the PEN Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the California Book Award. Prior to joining Flatiron in 2020 she was an editor at Crown.

Clark is looking for memoir, narrative nonfiction, and business, political, or sports books highly driven by the author’s own story, with a particular interest in strong female or marginalized voices. In a highly contested auction Clark acquired Ashley Ford’s debut literary memoir detailing the emotionally fraught relationship between Ford and her incarcerated father called Somebody’s Daughter. She worked on journalist and New York Times bestselling author Sarah Kendzior’s The View from Flyover Country, a searing commentary on American economic disparity, and acquired Kendzior’s next book Hiding in Plain Sight. Most recently Clark acquired MacDowell Fellow Michelle Bowdler’s Is Rape a Crime?, an interrogation into our society’s response to cases of sexual assault interwoven with Michelle’s own story of violence and recovery, and Best American Essays contributor Eliese Colette Goldbach’s Rust, a memoir exploring the author’s life as a steelworker in her hometown of Cleveland.

Sydney joined Flatiron in 2019. She is building a list of upmarket and literary fiction, and is especially interested in voice-driven narratives about coming of age, identity, and diaspora. She is drawn to writing that is visceral, vulnerable, and poignant, and is passionate about stories from and about women of color and marginalized voices. Originally from Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, she previously worked in ebooks.

Lauren joined Flatiron in 2018. She’s looking to build a list of literary and upmarket fiction. Her first acquisition, an essay collection and narrative tour of the human body by Jonathan Reisman, M.D., is currently set to publish in Summer 2021.

Prior to joining Flatiron in 2020, Maxine was an editorial intern at literary agencies Writers House and Aevitas Creative Management. She has a passion for genre fiction and uplifting marginalized voices.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kukuwa is a progeny of Ghanaian immigrants and holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Prior to joining Flatiron in 2020, she worked with Writopia Lab, One Story Inc., the National Book Foundation, and was an interviews editor for NYU’s Washington Square Review. She is an avid advocate of fiction that highlights and explores identity formation, historically underrepresented voices, and intergenerational narratives.



Due to the overwhelming number of unsolicited manuscripts, proposals and query letters we receive daily, it is our house policy not to read them. We do not accept responsibility for loss or damage to, or return of, unsolicited manuscripts; unsolicited materials you send to us will be recycled or otherwise discarded. We regret that we cannot read your material. If you would like additional information about publishers and literary agencies that do read unsolicited manuscripts, we recommend that you consult Literary Marketplace, a reference work published annually and available in many public libraries.

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