The books I've edited have won awards, received glowing reviews, and landed on the New York Times bestseller list.  They've been published by Grand Central Publishing, Soho Press, Norton, Harvard Business Review Press, Sounds True, Thomas and Mercer, and Atria, among others.  Short story writers with whom I work have been published by An Open Space, Salmagundi, West Branch Journal, and other publications, and have been nominated for a number of Pushcart Prizes. 




Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories Of Courage, Comfort, And Surviving Life On The Home Front
Elaine Lowry Brye with Nan Gatewood Satter

PublicAffairs, 2015

CBS News  |  Mom of 4 officers offers wisdom to military families

It was a joy to work with Nan Gatewood Satter on our book Be Safe Love Mom: A Military Mom’s Stories of Courage, Comfort and Surviving Life on the Home Front. Her ability to help me find the best way to tell my story coupled with her professionalism resulted in a book-writing process that was far better than I ever could have imagined.
Elaine Lowry Brye

Notable Books Edited



Susan Richards

Soho Press, 2006

Susan Richards

Soho Press, 2008

Every writer dreams of having a great editor, the one who sees the potential in a story and can help you turn it into a good book. Nan Satter was that editor for me. She is the brains behind my memoir Chosen By a Horse, which went on to become a New York Times best seller, and of every book I have written since. I would not submit a book for publication without her, period.
Susan Richards

Dale M. Kushner

Grand Central Publishing, 2013

Nan possesses in spades the qualities that separate a good editor from a brilliant one: precision; commitment; honesty; courtesy; and vision. She is gifted in her ability to see the shape of a finished work through wordy overgrowth, and is unusually skillful at extending empathy to her clients while also demanding the hard labor necessary to produce excellence.
Dale M. Kushner

MOTHERING & DAUGHTERING: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years
Sil & Eliza Reynolds

Sounds True, 2013

Nan Gatewood Satter is a brilliant editor and a steady guide for an author making his or her way through the labyrinth of the publishing world. My daughter and I could not have written our book without her.
Sil Reynolds
Nan is a detailed artist — a master craftswoman. Clarity with inspiration, grammar with vivid imagery, warmth with gravity! There is no one else I would rather work with for my books to come! Anything she puts her hand, heart, and name to is a work of love and integrity.
Eliza Reynolds

RETURNING TO MY MOTHER’S HOUSE: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine

High Point Publishing, 2008

REVEIL: and The Old One at the Edge of the World
Gail Straub

High Point Publishing, 2013

Nan Satter is that rare and vanishing breed of editor who works with a writer for as many drafts as necessary to develop a sound book and polish it until it shines. Her capacity to skillfully tread the knife-edge of offering penetrating feedback without compromising my own voice was a true gift. The relationship between writer and editor is a precious form of intimacy requiring respect, risk, and vulnerability on both people’s part. Cultivating this relationship with Nan through several books has been one of the great joys of writing for me.
Gail Straub

SOCIAL CHANGE 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World
David Gershon

High Point Publishing, 2009

Nan Satter is a master of her craft; she knows what it takes to make a book work. She has a deft touch with her pencil—yes, pencil—and represents old school hands-on editing at its best. More than that, her clear thinking and enthusiasm kept me inspired through the many ups and downs of the writing process.
David Gershon

THE WAY OF MINDFUL EDUCATION: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students
Daniel Rechtstaffen

Norton, 2014

Nan Satter is an eloquent orchestrator of the writing craft. She helped me take the rough stone of a book I had been working on for years and chisel it into a jewel. Nan is as much of a joy to work with as her words are to read.
Daniel Rechtschaffen

WINNING THE STORY WARS: Why Those Who Tell—and Live—the Best Stories Will Rule the Future
Jonah Sachs

Harvard Business Review Press, 2012

Nan was a dream partner for me in writing my first book. As I got lost in the weeds, she would pull me back to the big picture — without her my book on storytelling might have contained no stories at all. And when it came time to attend to the weeds, Nan pointed out where rework and refinement were necessary in a way that didn’t compromise or alter my voice but rather let it shine through.
Jonah Sachs