Sangeeta Mehta has worked in the book publishing field since the late 1990s. She has been an acquiring editor at both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (the children's division of the Hachette Book Group) and Simon Pulse (the teen paperback division of Simon &Schuster). At Little, Brown, she worked with debut authors and some of the most prominent names in publishing. At Simon Pulse, she acquired and edited commercial fiction and non-fiction and ran two paperback series. She later returned to Hachette to freelance-edit a New York Times bestseller.
Sangeeta currently consults on book projects for corporate and independent book publishers (with clients including Macmillan, Lee & Low, and Workman Publishing) and individual authors. She also leads workshops with Inked Voices. In 2016, Sangeeta was elected to the Board of Governors of the Editorial Freelancers Association and launched the organization’s first Diversity Initiative. In 2018, she joined the board of The Word: A Storytelling Sanctuary. She has been mentoring aspiring teen writers through the P/NW BOCES since 2011.
Prior to working in New York publishing, Sangeeta was a projects manager/reader for West Coast literary agents Margret McBride and Charlotte Gusay, who focus on adult non-fiction and literary fiction, respectively. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of U.C. San Diego, Sangeeta studied briefly at Cambridge University and at the Sorbonne before earning a master’s degree in comparative literature from UCLA. She lives in Manhattan.
Sangeeta has edited, co-edited, or consulted on books by the following authors, among others:
David Baldacci | Jim Ballard | Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Heather Beckel | John Bonk | Marc Brown | Marina Budhos | Evan Cooper | Hazel Dixon-Cooper | Kavita Daswani | Cameron Dokey | Tara Kai | Nancy Krulik | Gail Giles | Cathy Hapka | Karol Ann Hoeffner | Alice Hoffman | Nancy Holder | Ellen Hopkins | Sanoe Lake & Steve Jarrett | Whitney Lyles | Pooja Makhijani | Patrick McDonnell | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Stephenie Meyer | Annabel Monaghan & Elisabeth Wolfe | Micol Ostow | James Patterson | Mitali Perkins | Suzanne Phillips | Harriet Schechter | Maria Shriver | Sheldon Siegel | Linda & Tosh Sivertsen | Bob Spitz | Todd Strasser | Suzanne Weyn | Allison van Diepen
Sangeeta regularly attends all major industry conventions and speaks at writing conferences, including:
2016: SCBWI Metro New York