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Abby Saul

Abby Saul - Editor

Chicago, United States

I'm a literary agent who specializes in commercial/genre and literary fiction and select nonfiction (cooking, narrative)

Overview

With 10 years of publishing experience, I'm an editorial expert with a passion for making your book the most fantastic read possible. I'm also the founder of a literary agency specializing in adult literary and commercial fiction, and I'm a trained editor, production editor, proofreader, and copyeditor. I've worked with and edited award-winning and bestselling authors and brands like William Kent Krueger, Francine Rivers, Sandra Dallas, Nicole Baart, Elizabeth Blackwell, Kristen Simmons, Lee Sandlin, Mark Bittman, Better Homes & Gardens, Betty Crocker, and Nickelodeon.

My experience encompasses everything from developmental editing to prep a manuscript for submission to editors; proofreading page proofs; creating and formatting ebooks for self- or professional publishing; and copyediting final manuscripts. My agency experience makes me a great fit for micro and macro edits for manuscripts and query letters! (Please note: My portfolio is a sampling of the hundreds of books I've worked on over my career - happy to share more specifics with interested clients.)

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Romance Thriller Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits

Work experience

Founder and Agent

The Lark Group
September, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

• Broker sales of book projects
• Review queries and identify market viability of submitted work; edit manuscripts; compose and edit sales materials; negotiate deal points and contracts between authors and publishing houses
• Initiate, negotiate, and close deals and contracts for project subsidiary sales, including foreign translation, audio, and film rights
• Build and maintain client and publisher relationships

Associate Agent

Browne & Miller Literary Associates
May, 2013 – August, 2016 (over 3 years)

• Launched and managed Browne & Miller’s digital initiative, selling titles and liaising on digital production with publishers; converting select projects from print to digital in house
• Brokered sales of book projects and built and maintained client and publisher relationships
• Initiated, negotiated, and closed deals and contracts for project subsidiary sales, including foreign translation, audio, and film rights

Production Editor

Sourcebooks
June, 2012 – May, 2013 (11 months)

• Project managed all aspects of the production process for over titles annually in education, gift, and memoir lines
• Supervised scheduling, freelancer management, budgeting, and manuscript and page quality control for each title; and handled top brands, including Discovery’s HowStuffWorks and the Fiske Guide to Colleges
• Founded and led the company’s Ebook Team

Production Editor

John Wiley & Sons
June, 2008 – June, 2012 (about 4 years)

• Managed the production process forProfessional and Trade culinary/cookery line, including author and brand management and color correction.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery

Melinda Mullet

Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder. When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself i... read more

Abigail Logan never expected to inherit a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands. But in the first novel of an engaging new series blending fine spirits with chilling mystery, Abi finds that there are secrets lurking in the misty glens that some will go to any lengths to protect . . . even murder. When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself i... read more

Death Distilled: A Whisky Business Mystery

Melinda Mullet

Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can’t stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery. It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottis... read more

Photojournalist by trade, distillery owner by blood, and amateur sleuth by necessity, Abigail Logan learns that murder can’t stay bottled up forever in this charming Whisky Business Mystery. It’s been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottis... read more

Manitou Canyon: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 15)

William Kent Krueger

In the extraordinary new Cork O’Connor thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author William Kent Krueger, the lives of hundreds of innocent people are at stake when Cork vanishes just days before his daughter’s wedding.Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cru... read more

In the extraordinary new Cork O’Connor thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author William Kent Krueger, the lives of hundreds of innocent people are at stake when Cork vanishes just days before his daughter’s wedding.Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cru... read more

The Beautiful Daughters: A Novel

Nicole Baart

From the highly acclaimed author of Far From Here and Sleeping in Eden, described as “intense and absorbing from the very first page” (Heather Gudenkauf), comes a gripping new novel about two former best friends and the secrets they can’t escape.Adrienne Vogt and Harper Penny were closer than sisters, until the day a tragedy blew their seemingly idyllic world apart. Afraid that they got away w... read more

From the highly acclaimed author of Far From Here and Sleeping in Eden, described as “intense and absorbing from the very first page” (Heather Gudenkauf), comes a gripping new novel about two former best friends and the secrets they can’t escape.Adrienne Vogt and Harper Penny were closer than sisters, until the day a tragedy blew their seemingly idyllic world apart. Afraid that they got away w... read more

The Moment Between

Nicole Baart

Two sisters.One man.One obsession. Abigail Bennett is poised, confident, and successful—and convinced that nothing can shake the firm foundation she has constructed for herself. But when tragedy causes her orderly world to come crashing down, she becomes consumed by an unfamiliar motivation: revenge. Abigail walks away from her job, her apartment, her life, to track down the man she holds resp... read more

Two sisters.One man.One obsession. Abigail Bennett is poised, confident, and successful—and convinced that nothing can shake the firm foundation she has constructed for herself. But when tragedy causes her orderly world to come crashing down, she becomes consumed by an unfamiliar motivation: revenge. Abigail walks away from her job, her apartment, her life, to track down the man she holds resp... read more

Desperado (A Taggart Brothers Novel)

Lisa Bingham

From bestselling author Lisa Bingham comes the first in a brand-new series starring a trio of handsome wranglers. The Taggart brothers have bodies of iron and hearts of gold—though both may be a shade tarnished. But that doesn’t stop them from trying to keep the women they love in their arms . . .Elam Taggart knows about the nickname town gossips have given him: Desperado. He doesn’t care. He’... read more

From bestselling author Lisa Bingham comes the first in a brand-new series starring a trio of handsome wranglers. The Taggart brothers have bodies of iron and hearts of gold—though both may be a shade tarnished. But that doesn’t stop them from trying to keep the women they love in their arms . . .Elam Taggart knows about the nickname town gossips have given him: Desperado. He doesn’t care. He’... read more

Renegade: A Taggart Brothers Novel

Lisa Bingham

The bestselling author of Desperado returns with another sexy cowboy from the Taggart family...The rugged and wild Taggart brothers know how to tame a restless beast, but a restless heart is a different matter... When tragedy struck, Jace Taggart stepped in to run the family business and care for his brothers, sacrificing his own happiness to ensure their well-being. But after the beautiful Br... read more

The bestselling author of Desperado returns with another sexy cowboy from the Taggart family...The rugged and wild Taggart brothers know how to tame a restless beast, but a restless heart is a different matter... When tragedy struck, Jace Taggart stepped in to run the family business and care for his brothers, sacrificing his own happiness to ensure their well-being. But after the beautiful Br... read more

Maverick (A Taggart Brothers Novel)

Lisa Bingham

The Taggart brothers’ wild romance ride continues with the new novel from the bestselling author of Renegade.Rough riding Bodey Taggart may be rock hard and tough as nails, but even he has a soft side when the right woman comes along...Bodey has always followed his own rules: live hard, play hard, and win big. But when his wild ways give him two concussions within a month of each other, his br... read more

The Taggart brothers’ wild romance ride continues with the new novel from the bestselling author of Renegade.Rough riding Bodey Taggart may be rock hard and tough as nails, but even he has a soft side when the right woman comes along...Bodey has always followed his own rules: live hard, play hard, and win big. But when his wild ways give him two concussions within a month of each other, his br... read more

Reckless Wind

Bonnie K. Winn

“Bonnie K. Winn presents a love story filled with insight into her characters’ needs, loyalties and honor that readers will adore.” –Romantic TimesTomboy Jem Whitaker has no interest in marriage, but if she hopes to keep her family ranch, she must find a husband, and fast.Drifter Reese McIntire is penniless and without prospect. But when he is bailed out of jail by a beautiful stranger with an... read more

“Bonnie K. Winn presents a love story filled with insight into her characters’ needs, loyalties and honor that readers will adore.” –Romantic TimesTomboy Jem Whitaker has no interest in marriage, but if she hopes to keep her family ranch, she must find a husband, and fast.Drifter Reese McIntire is penniless and without prospect. But when he is bailed out of jail by a beautiful stranger with an... read more

Arms of a Stranger

Danice Allen

The lure of intrigue leads a young woman down a path of danger and into the passionate embrace of a daring stranger.Bored with the dull suitors and shallow admirers of London, Anne Westin sets out for New Orleans in search of a new kind of man. She finds what she’s looking for in the form of a brave stranger who helps a family of slaves escape—before pulling Anne into the shadows to steal a ki... read more

The lure of intrigue leads a young woman down a path of danger and into the passionate embrace of a daring stranger.Bored with the dull suitors and shallow admirers of London, Anne Westin sets out for New Orleans in search of a new kind of man. She finds what she’s looking for in the form of a brave stranger who helps a family of slaves escape—before pulling Anne into the shadows to steal a ki... read more

The Last Midwife: A Novel

Sandra Dallas

SANDRA DALLAS is the author of fourteen novels, including A Quilt for Christmas, Fallen Women, True Sisters, The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.

SANDRA DALLAS is the author of fourteen novels, including A Quilt for Christmas, Fallen Women, True Sisters, The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.

How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food--With 1,000 Photos

Mark Bittman

The next best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads... read more

The next best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook. With How to Cook Everything The Basics he reveals how truly easy it is to learn fundamental techniques and recipes. From dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to cooking building-block meals that include salads... read more

In the Shadow of Lakecrest

Elizabeth Blackwell

The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape—as long as she can keep her past concealed.After exchanging wedding vows, Kate quickly discovers that something isn’t quite right w... read more

The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape—as long as she can keep her past concealed.After exchanging wedding vows, Kate quickly discovers that something isn’t quite right w... read more

All the Little Children

Jo Furniss

When a family camping trip takes a dark turn, how far will one mother go to keep her family safe?Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.Knowing so... read more

When a family camping trip takes a dark turn, how far will one mother go to keep her family safe?Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.Knowing so... read more

How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition

Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman's award-winning How to Cook Everything has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. Now the ultimate cookbook has been revised and expanded (almost half the material is new), making it absolutely indispensable for anyone who cooks—or wants to. With Bittman's straightforward instructions and advice, you'll make crowd-pleasing food using fresh, natural ing... read more

Mark Bittman's award-winning How to Cook Everything has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. Now the ultimate cookbook has been revised and expanded (almost half the material is new), making it absolutely indispensable for anyone who cooks—or wants to. With Bittman's straightforward instructions and advice, you'll make crowd-pleasing food using fresh, natural ing... read more

Little Broken Things: A Novel

Nicole Baart

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in near... read more

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in near... read more

C is for Cooking: Recipes from the Street

Susan McQuillan, Sesame Workshop

Introduce your kids to cooking... with help from the Sesame Street gang! Find more than 50 simple, tasty recipes for healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sweets and treats,and more. Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie and Bert,Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, and more of your favorite friends from Sesame Street introduce the recipes and share food facts, letter and number activities, and other... read more

Introduce your kids to cooking... with help from the Sesame Street gang! Find more than 50 simple, tasty recipes for healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sweets and treats,and more. Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie and Bert,Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, and more of your favorite friends from Sesame Street introduce the recipes and share food facts, letter and number activities, and other... read more

Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales: Flavors from the Griddles, Pots, and Streetside Kitchens of Mexico

Roberto Santibanez, JJ Goode, Todd Coleman

Discover the flavors of Mexican street food in your own kitchen Americans are having a love affair with the taco. What began as affection for the fast-food version—that hard yellow shell filled with ground beef and mysterious yellow cheese—has blossomed into an all-out obsession for the real thing, with upscale renditions and taco trucks popping up from coast to coast. Now, with Tacos, Tortas,... read more

Discover the flavors of Mexican street food in your own kitchen Americans are having a love affair with the taco. What began as affection for the fast-food version—that hard yellow shell filled with ground beef and mysterious yellow cheese—has blossomed into an all-out obsession for the real thing, with upscale renditions and taco trucks popping up from coast to coast. Now, with Tacos, Tortas,... read more

The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference

Barbara Ann Kipfer

A culinary reference packed with thousands of straightforward definitions and fun tips and trivia Perfect for cooks, food lovers, and even trivia buffs, The Culinarian is a wide-ranging kitchen reference that no cupboard should be without. With plain-English definitions of everything from Absinthe to Zucchini, it includes fascinating culinary history, etymologies, and tips on selecting, storin... read more

A culinary reference packed with thousands of straightforward definitions and fun tips and trivia Perfect for cooks, food lovers, and even trivia buffs, The Culinarian is a wide-ranging kitchen reference that no cupboard should be without. With plain-English definitions of everything from Absinthe to Zucchini, it includes fascinating culinary history, etymologies, and tips on selecting, storin... read more

Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking)

Better Homes and Gardens

A cookie collection packed with holiday cheer! Offering more than 200 irresistible recipes for every flavor, from simple drop cookies to bars, brownies, and more, Very Merry Cookies is the perfect cookie compendium for baking enthusiasts and novices alike. Filled with hardworking essentials, like Make Ahead and storage directions for every recipe, this festive collection delivers tasty tidbits... read more

A cookie collection packed with holiday cheer! Offering more than 200 irresistible recipes for every flavor, from simple drop cookies to bars, brownies, and more, Very Merry Cookies is the perfect cookie compendium for baking enthusiasts and novices alike. Filled with hardworking essentials, like Make Ahead and storage directions for every recipe, this festive collection delivers tasty tidbits... read more

The Masseuse (The Body Work Trilogy Book 1)

Sierra Kincade

First in the sexy and suspenseful Body Work TrilogyAnna Rossi lives by one simple rule: don’t get attached, don’t get hurt. But Alec Flynn doesn’t play by the rules…Anna never takes on a massage client without screening him first, but the paycheck offered by billionaire Maxim Stein is too good to turn down. Stein is the richest man she’s ever laid her hands on, and despite the risks, she trust... read more

First in the sexy and suspenseful Body Work TrilogyAnna Rossi lives by one simple rule: don’t get attached, don’t get hurt. But Alec Flynn doesn’t play by the rules…Anna never takes on a massage client without screening him first, but the paycheck offered by billionaire Maxim Stein is too good to turn down. Stein is the richest man she’s ever laid her hands on, and despite the risks, she trust... read more

Forsaken (Deep Connection Novel, A)

Sierra Kincade

The author of the “funny, sweet, suspenseful, and smoking hot” (Beth Kery) Body Works series is back with a dangerously seductive new trilogy...His job is to find her, not to fall for her...Marsella Talent has been on the run for two years, ever since her father thrust a ledger into her hands and told her to run from the police swarming their family restaurant. Now, with the cops and her fathe... read more

The author of the “funny, sweet, suspenseful, and smoking hot” (Beth Kery) Body Works series is back with a dangerously seductive new trilogy...His job is to find her, not to fall for her...Marsella Talent has been on the run for two years, ever since her father thrust a ledger into her hands and told her to run from the police swarming their family restaurant. Now, with the cops and her fathe... read more

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