Megan Lynch has been named editorial director at Ecco, succeeding Lee Boudreaux who recently decamped the HarperCollins imprint to oversee her own unit at Hachette. Lynch, who was a senior editor at Riverhead, will start at HC on May 28.
Lynch, who will report directly to Ecco publisher Dan Halpern, has been at Riverhead for 11 years, editing a range of fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her authors include, among others, Sarah Waters, Dinaw Mengestu, Emma Straub, Daniel Alarcón and Meghan O’Rourke. In his announcement about her hire, Halpern noted that Lynch's authors have collected a cadre of awards and notices, from the Booker Prize to inclusion in The New Yorker's list of "20 Under 40 Writers to Watch."
Halpern added, of the hire, that he has often faced off against Lynch in auctions and has been "following" her career for some time. He therefore knows she has a "sterling reputation in the agent community" and he "can't imagine anyone more suited to taking over the fiction reins at Ecco."