Loan Le Editor Atria

About the Editor

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Loan Le (she/her) is an editor at Atria Books. She began her editorial career at Gallery Books and Scout Press, then joined Atria in 2016. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fairfield University in 2014, where she later earned her MFA in fiction. Her most recent title includes Sarah Langan’s Good Neighbors, a B&N Book Club Pick and an Amazon Editors’ Pick for February 2021. Loan is eager to acquire dark, character-driven, and atmospheric upmarket and “literary plus” fiction—literary fiction with propulsive genre elements like magical realism or folklore, horror, mystery, suspense, and/or thriller. The eerier the story, the more likely she’ll like it! Follow Loan on Twitter and check out her expanded manuscript wish list on her website.


When Loan isn’t working, she is writing ghostly short stories and YA rom-coms, watching edgy K-Dramas, listening to BTS, or exploring New York City.


Authors Include: Sarah Langan, Shea Ernshaw, Carolyn Huynh, Louise Candlish, Jennifer Fawcett, Meredith Westgate, Luke Dumas, Dylan Marron, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Roxanne Veletzos, Gwen Florio

Topics that capture Loan’s attention: family secrets, sisterhood, murders, trauma, disappearances, hauntings/ghosts (literal and/or figurative!), diverse voices, refugee and immigrant experience, Vietnamese culture, clever plot twists, and unlikely friendships


Spark words in pitches: Psychological, slow-burn, genre-bending/mind-bending, unsettling, disquieting, suspenseful, eerie, unpredictable, taut, etc.


Loan admires and wishes she acquired The Book of Speculation and Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler, The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James; Ill Will by Dan Chaon, Universal Harvester by John Darnielle, Help for the Haunted by John Searles, The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao, The Gathering by Anne Enright, The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, Into the Woods by Tana French, The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith; The Demonologist and The Damned by Andrew Pyper, The Stolen Child or The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue.


Recent films/movies related to her reading interests: Netflix shows The Sinner, Broadchurch, The OA, and Sense8. She generally dislikes plots centered on sports, marriage drama/betrayals, alternate history, military, and World Wars. She is not looking for: high fantasy or high sci-fi, romance, second-person narratives, memoirs or prescriptive nonfiction. Loan’s editing philosophy is to respect and preserve the author’s style. Her authors can expect a commitment to polishing their work and also long, energetic discussions about the craft of writing.


Featured Titles

The Other Side of Night
The Fortunes of Jaded Women
Good Neighbors
Beneath the Stairs
A History of Wild Places
The Shimmering State
Last Updated: June 7, 2022