Rakesh Satyal

Rakesh Satyal is a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He began his career at Random House (at what was then known as the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group), then spent five years at HarperCollins. He has acquired and edited numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece by the singer-songwriter Tori Amos and Ann Powers, Follow Me by Ricky Dillon, I Can’t Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux, Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa, and It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson (the last two of which debuted at #1). He also edited Terry Castle’s The Professor, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011, and Michael Ausiello’s Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, which is currently being developed into a feature film by the actor Jim Parsons. 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, and he currently sits on the board of Lambda Literary. He is also the author of the novels Blue Boy and No One Can Pronounce My Name.

What I'm Looking For

Agented manuscripts in the fields of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction.

Sample Titles or Authors

Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, Michael Ausiello
The Seasons of My Mother, Marcia Gay Harden
Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe, Evan James

Specializes In

FICTION: GLBT, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Pop Culture


FICTION: Chick Lit, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: History, Politics, Travel