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publisher, freelance editor and consultant :
Nathan Rostron
Restless Books / McNally Editions

Nathan Rostron is a book editor, publisher, marketing director, and consultant who has worked in the New York publishing industry since 2007. Most recently he's been the Editorial and Marketing Director of Restless Books, an independent, nonprofit publisher based in Brooklyn that specializes in international fiction, narrative nonfiction, and books for young readers. Joining the company as Marketing Director soon after it was founded in 2013 as a digital publisher, he shepherded its transition into publishing in all formats, growing the list to include over 100 titles from over 40 countries and translated into English from 26 languages.

In 2016, Nathan's role at Restless expanded to encompass editorial and publishing operations: running editorial and acquisitions meetings; overseeing marketing, publicity, sales, and operations; acting as foreign rights director; and managing staff. He shaped Restless’s flagship literary prize, The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing; the Yonder imprint of international books for young readers; and the company’s transition into a 501(c)3 nonprofit. He has edited and shepherded through publication a brilliant array of work by international authors including Rivka Galchen, Grace Talusan, Yishai Sarid, Rajiv Mohabir, Giacomo Sartori, Fernanda Torres, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Gabriela Wiener, Shahriar Mandanipour, and many others.

In October of 2022, Nathan began selling foreign and subsidiary rights for McNally Editions, a new publishing line launched in early 2022 by visionary bookseller Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson Books in New York. Releasing 12 exquisite titles a year, McNally Editions focuses on overlooked gems from the last 100 years that feel fresh and surprising today.

Before Restless, Nathan worked at the literary startup Bookish, which launched in 2013 with a curated recommendation engine, original content about new and notable books and authors, user-generated virtual bookshelves, and retail. As the literary editor of Bookish, he curated four daily content verticals—Literature and Fiction, Biographies and Memoirs, Mysteries and Thrillers, and Cookbooks—commissioning and editing articles, conducting interviews, writing original pieces, programming content, and brainstorming digital strategy.

Prior to Bookish, he was an Assistant Editor at Little, Brown and Company, where he worked alongside Editor-in-Chief Judy Clain from 2007 to 2012. He did extensive editorial work on many Little, Brown titles, several of which have been award-winners and New York Times bestsellers, including Emma Donoghue’s Room, Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Ayad Akhtar’s American Dervish.

Since 2012, he has worked as a freelance book editor, assisting writers at all stages of their careers, from aspiring novelists, to journalists and memoirists working on their first books, to established authors of fiction and nonfiction. His freelance editing projects include Abraham Verghese's The Covenant of Water (May 2023, Grove Atlantic), Maaza Mengiste's The Shadow King (2019, Norton), Fiona Lewis's Mistakes Were Made (Some in French) (2017, Regan Arts), George Howe Colt's Brothers (2012, Scribner).

years experience: 15
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Biography, History, Travel, Cookbooks, Children's books, African-American
Restless Books

A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times, by Meron Hadero (Jun 2022)
* Winner of the 2020 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing 
* Winner of the 2021 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
* NPR Best Books of 2022

Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir, by Rajiv Mohabir (Jun 2021)
* Winner of the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
* 2022 PEN Open Book Award Finalist
* 2022 LAMBDA Literary Awards Finalist – Gay Memoir/Biography 
* 2021 Foreword INDIES Finalist – LGBTQ+ Adult Nonfiction
* 2022 Publishing Triangle Awards Finalist — Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

The City of Good Death, by Priyanka Champaneri (Feb 2021)
* Winner of the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
* Shortlisted for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
* NPR Best Books of 2021

The Memory Monster, by Yishai Sarid, translated from the Hebrew by Yardenne Greenspan (Sep 2020)
* New York TImes Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2020
* 2020 National Jewish Book Awards Finalist

Rat Rule 79, by Rivka Galchen, Illustrations by Elena Megalos (Sep 2019)
* Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next Pick
* NPR Best Books of 2019
* Longlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic

The Body Papers: A Memoir, by Grace Talusan (Apr 2019)
* Winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
* Winner of the 2021 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction

I Am God, by Giacomo Sartori  (Feb 2019)
Translated from the Italian by Frederika Randall 
* Winner of the 2020 Italian Prose in Translation Award
* Winner of the 2019 Foreword INDIE Gold Award for Literary Fiction
* A Financial Times Best Book of 2019

Freelance Editing

The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese (May 2023, Grove Atlantic)
* new novel from the author of the million-plus-copy bestseller Cutting for Stone

The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste (2019, Norton)
* Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize
* Named a 2019 best book of the year by The New York Times, NPR, Elle, and Time

Editing at Little, Brown and Company

Where'd You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple (2012)
* Winner of the 2013 American Library Association Alex Award
* Shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction
* Year-long New York Times bestseller
* Adapted into a 2019 Richard Linklater film

American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar (2012)
* Debut novel by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Disgraced
* January 2012 Barnes and Noble Discover Pick
* Published in over 20 languages

Room, by Emma Donoghue (2010)
* Shortlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize
* Longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize
* Winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize
* New York Times and international bestseller with over one million copies sold

Restless Books, Editorial and Marketing Director • 2014 – Current
McNally Editions, Rights Director • Oct 2022 – Current, Literary Editor • 2012 – 2014
Little, Brown & Company, Assistant Editor • 2007 - 2012
Bat City Review, Editor • 2005 - 2007
Tin House Magazine, Reader • 2004