wherewithal press, inc.


Wherewithal Press, Inc. is a developmental editing shop and communications firm based in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Founded by writer and editor Megan Hustad in 2005, we help individuals and organizations present themselves more memorably, precisely, and productively.

We love editing. We believe it works wonders.

To discuss your editing needs, please email us at mhustad@wherewithalpress.com.

More Background:

We have 15 years of experience helping published authors and amateur writers alike find the largest possible audience through texts that work better than they did before we started messing with them.

Megan HustadMegan Hustad learned the book business as an editorial assistant at the Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group, since renamed Knopf Doubleday and now a division of Penguin Random House. From there she moved on to editor positions at Basic Books and Counterpoint Press, two imprints of the Perseus Books Group. In 2005 she jumped ship to concentrate on the most gratifying aspect of editorial work: close collaboration with authors to bring their ideas to full fruition.

Book projects undertaken at Wherewithal lean toward narrative nonfiction—and the subjects of history, art history, popular science, politics, public policy, health and nutrition, business and management theory, organizational development, and social and cultural criticism. Occasionally we work on memoirs, fiction, and friends’ film scripts.

Many Wherewithal clients have book contracts from major publishers in hand but have either 1) been told outright that their in-house editor will not provide much editorial hand-holding, or 2) picked up on subtle cues that communicated the same thing.

Megan has authored two books of her own. How to Be Useful was published in 2008. More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments was released in early 2014. In 2010 she was awarded a residency at Denniston Hill and a MacDowell Fellowship in support of her writing. More information, though not much, can be found here.

People ask if writing gets in the way of being an attentive editor and the answer is “no.” (The practices complement each other really well.)

Commentaries that explore some Wherewithal communications principles have appeared in Fortune:

How to eliminate distracted, useless meetings

The brilliance of asking incredibly naïve questions

Spotting the hogwash in business advice books

For 2013: Think a bit more, say a lot less

Want to achieve something great? Stop working.

The benefits of being stupid at work

PowerPoint abuse: How to kick the habit

Why confrontation at work is critical