Michael Signorelli

As an editor at HarperCollins Publishers and then Henry Holt & Company, Michael Signorelli spent 13 years searching for great stories, finding their most compelling shape, and guiding his authors through the highs and lows of the publishing process.

During that time, he worked with a wide array of bestselling and award-winning writers, including Nicola Barker, Philip Caputo, Dennis Cooper, Dan Chaon, Stanley Fish, Thomas C. Foster, Lisa O’Donnell, Sarah Parcak, Simon Van Booy, and many more. A few of his favorite projects include: The North Water by Ian McGuire, which made the 2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist and was one of the New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of the year; the highly acclaimed biography Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous by Christopher Bonanos; the long-lost and then New York Times bestselling House of Earth by Woody Guthrie; the New York Times bestselling and Commonwealth Book Prize-winning The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell; and the debut story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor. 

Michael now uses all of that experience and expertise — not to mention the rich web of relationships within the industry he has developed — to help Gotham’s clients get the most bang for their book. He oversees all of our searches and placements to ensure the authors we are working with find the right writing partner for their needs. And just as importantly, he serves as a “sherpa” for our clients who are new to the publishing process to ensure they find their right path for their story.

Michael, 35, is a graduate of Hamilton College in upstate New York. He currently lives in Westchester County with his wife and son. When he is not working with authors, he can be found fly fishing, watching soccer, and writing on his own. His work has been featured in The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Athletic, and Howler. 

Follow him on Twitter @EditorSig.

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