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Carol Saller


AS A CREATIVE WRITER, children’s book editor, and long-time manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press, I’ve read thousands of queries and drafts by writers of everything from picture books to scholarly monographs. My book The Subversive Copy Editor is all about win-win strategies for editors and writers, a book Publishers Weekly called “practical, relentlessly supportive and full of ed-head laughs.” My middle-grade novel Eddie’s War was a Best Book at Kirkus, Bankstreet, and the Chicago Public Library and a Horn Book recommended verse narrative.

REPRESENTING The Chicago Manual of Style, I have given keynotes, sessions, and workshops at international, national, regional, and local conferences. As author of The Subversive Copy Editor and several children’s books, I have guest lectured for the University of Chicago Graham School’s publishing program and DePaul University’s editing degree and occasionally appear on Chicago’s public television news program Chicago Tonight as well as at writer events, bookstores, panels, webinars, and workshops on writing, editing, and publishing.

MY CONFERENCE AND RETREAT SESSIONS are geared toward helping writers give their work a final polish before they submit. As a contributing editor and blogger for The Chicago Manual of Style (the style guide used by most trade book publishers in the US), I understand how fiction writers can make the best use of this daunting reference book to negotiate effectively with the agents, editors, and copyeditors who handle their work.