Brian Saliba

Brian Saliba – Editor

Professional Editor | 22 years and 3 NYT Bestsellers | 58 Books Published by Penguin, HarperCollins

Overview

I'm a creative collaborator and a good listener. During my career as an editor and publisher for Penguin and HarperCollins in New York and London, I acquired, developed, and published more than 50 titles, including 3 NYT Bestsellers. I'm fast and reliable, and I love providing whatever is needed--from concept development to final polishing--in order for authors to realize their project's vision and their personal potential.

Testimonials:

"I have often heard authors effuse about the brilliance of their editors, but I must admit that I never quite understood what all the fuss was about. Now I know. Brian was chosen as my editor at ReganBooks, and I couldn't have wished for one better. This book would not have been the same without his patience, ideas, observations, and enthusiasm. His dedication and talent show through on each page. I am fortunate to have worked with him and even more fortunate to call him a friend." - from the Acknowledgments of Where the Birds Never Sing by Jack Sacco (HarperCollins, 2003)

"Thank you, Brian for seeing the manuscript through with your fine editing skills." - from the Acknowledgments of P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder by Todd Richards with Eric Blehm (HarperCollins, 2003)

"[Thank you to] Brian at DK Publishing for his excellent efforts in editing pieces and patches of information into coherent form." - from the Acknowlegments of Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Savage Barbarian by Roy Thomas (DK Publishing, 2006)

"All I can say is three cheers for Brian I got more valuable, actionable feedback from him in a weekend than in two years of MFA and three writers conferences. He's super insightful, frank, and brilliant at explaining. He really delivered on what I hoped to get: having my negative tics identified so I can go over the rest of my MS and take them out." - Colin Garrison, The Shores of Mercy, 2019
Services
Fiction
Gaming & LitRPG Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy New Adult Picture Books Space Opera Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • TEFL

Work experience

Self-employed

Aug, 2018 — Present

The Asia Foundation

May, 2017 — Jul, 2018 (about 1 year)

United States Peace Corps

Aug, 2014 — Oct, 2016 (about 2 years)

Pearson Education

Jan, 2012 — May, 2014 (over 2 years)

DK Publishing / BradyGames

Jun, 2005 — Dec, 2011 (over 6 years)

Acquired and edited numerous titles, including a NYT Bestseller

Cadoza Publishing / Book Republic Press

Jun, 2004 — Jun, 2005 (about 1 year)

Acquired and edited numerous titles, including a NYT Bestseller

HarperCollins Publishers

Sep, 2002 — Jun, 2004 (over 1 year)

Acquired and edited numerous titles, including a NYT Bestseller

Portfolio

Lost Encyclopedia

Tara Bennett

Featuring more than 400 pages and over 1500 images, the LOST Encyclopedia will be a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC-TV and produced by A... read more
For more than 70 years, fantasy fans have followed the exploits of Conan through novels, comic books, and movies. This book, the first-ever illustrated guide to Robert E. Howard's most beloved character, is a genuine treasure chest of Conan lore, following Con... read more
When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the 1980s, he changed the sport -- in more ways than one. No player before him possessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowed him to become the first man in history to belt more than forty home runs an... read more
The Surfing Lesson

Bhajneet Singh

Fire Drops Gold Edtion

Castillo, Ricardo

The Gabriel Extortion

Campbell, Harlen

Fire Drops

Castillo, Ricardo

The Christmas Angels' Mission

Dana Hartung & Bradford Hartung

Mike Monsoon's Song Journal is the story of a man, Mike Smith, facing a reality-shattering question: If you could go back and change things, would you … or did you?
My Monsterpiece

Amalia Hoffman

Love Rays

Sacks, Paula

Have you ever been to the World Wide Woods? It’s a magical place full of wonder, weirdness, and fuzzy animals doing all sorts of interesting things. One such creature is Rabbit, a happy little bunny who wants to take a bath. He finds the most magical perfect s... read more
Developing life-changing drugs is risky and expensive--but that's not what makes them unaffordable. Drug pricing is a staple of every news cycle and political debate. And while we've struggled for decades to agree on solutions that serve all patients without j... read more
As an incurable virus ravages the globe, Veteran Joe Wylie finds himself thrust into a new kind of war. This time however, his enemies are American citizens, both alive and dead. Haunted by the memories of friends and loved ones lost, Joe aligns a team of vets... read more
The second epic adventure in The Dragon Keeper Chronicles! A thrilling new fantasy world full of magic and dragons.The dust has settled in the serpent battle. Crimson cares for a new dragon and life is peaceful. But it’s a temporary peace and the Schorl serpen... read more
Have you ever wondered what the future holds? Blade Runner, The Matrix, Star Wars, Avatar, Star Trek, Ready Player One, The Avengers, and many other popular films show us futuristic worlds where holograms, robots, smart devices, virtual avatars, digital transa... read more
Be Prepared - while always associated with the Boy Scouts, this motto and way of life is now the focus of a major product release from the BSA. Headlining this launch is the Be Prepared book series from DK, beginning with Complete Wilderness Training, released... read more
Use these easy-to-carry, glow-in-the-dark star charts to find your way around the night sky and locate star formations. Each constellation card will show width and depth icons, locator map, star map, constellation figures, and visibility icons indicating naked... read more
From the American Beech to Yellow Birch, this pocket-sized Deck of Trees contains all the information you need to identify the major coniferous and broad-leaved trees, as well as cactus and yucca. Each card covers the region where the tree naturally occurs and... read more
Historical author and Eagle Scout, Chuck Wills created this comprehensive, historical account of Scouting. This exquisite, limited-edition book contains vivid and some never-before-seen photographs, memorabilia, and removable replicas of rare documents such as... read more
Booklets for this portable reference tool will cover basic safety, equipment, and techniques, while the cards will feature a bird on the front and a brief description on the back, including checkboxes for birdwatchers. The deck s unique tabbing system will ind... read more
Booklets for this his handy reference deck cover basic safety, equipment, tackle, and techniques, while the cards feature a fish on the front and a brief description on the back, including effective lures, tackle, and techniques. The deck s unique tabbing syst... read more
Be Prepared - while always associated with the Boy Scouts, this motto and way of life is now the focus of a major product release from the BSA. Headlining this launch is the Be Prepared book series from DK, beginning with Complete Wilderness Training, released... read more
Be Prepared while always associated with the Boy Scouts, this motto and way of life is now the focus of a major product release from the BSA. Headlining this launch is the Be Prepared book series from DK, beginning with Complete Wilderness Training, released A... read more
This is a great product with loads of first aid knowledge. This is a must have for any boy scout!
Since the beginning of the Scouting movement in America 100 years ago, events have been recorded in paintings and drawings by an official artist. Remarkably, there have been just two official artists in all that time: Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari. Throug... read more
Delve deeper into the world of Pokémon as fans explore more characters, stories, and trainers. (c) 2008 Pokémon. (c) 1995-2008 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc. TM and (r) are trademarks of Nintendo.
The journey continues into the Pokémon universe, with more adventures and secrets revealed! (c) 2008 Pokémon. (c) 1995-2008 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc. TM and (r) are trademarks of Nintendo.
Containing over 600 reusable, full-color stickers, this 96-page sticker collection includes all the PokŽmon found in the Sinnoh Region, some of which are featured in the hit TV series, "PokŽmon: Diamond and Pearl." Enter the land of Sinnoh, where you can visit... read more
The editors of the popular travel magazine offer their recommendations for the finest travel accommodations around the globe, offering detailed descriptions of more than 450 hotels, beach retreats, resorts, culinary getaways, reclusive hideaways, exotic safari... read more
Presents a variety of luxury hotels and resorts from around the world, compiled from Travel & Leisure's readers survey and choices from the editors "Best Picks."
Find the best kept secrets about the world’s top destinations.A great hotel can set the tone for an entire journey. As part of its editorial mission--to inspire readers to explore the world and equip them with advice they can trust--Travel + Leisure highlights... read more
Pick a card, any card...Learn how to tie over 30 knots using clear instructions and annotated,step-by-step photographs. Choose knots for fishing, camping, sailing,climbing, and general or decorative use with the help of quick referencesymbols. Select the corre... read more
Fetish

David Bramwell

Come and enter the sexy, seductive, and secretive world of fetish. From Agalmatophilia (the desire to have sex with a mannequin) to Ophidicism (sexual arousal from snakes), this is the most comprehensive guide to outrageous erotic pleasures. Fetish includes st... read more
First timers and seasoned competitors alike can separate themselves from the rest of the pack with these speed secrets from an undefeated Pinewood Derby champ! Hundreds of photos and diagrams for making the fastest Pinewood Derby car in the race 7 ready-to-cut... read more
Provides easy-to-follow tips and tricks for conserving gasoline, from driving and maintenance tips and trip planning to what to look for when buying a new or used car.
Experience one of the most dramatic events of our timeOperation Iraqi Freedom commanded the interest and ignited the passions of people of every political stripe around the world. The War in Iraq, which draws on the work of dozens of international photographer... read more
One of the most charismatic, popular and talented snowboarders in the world, Todd Richards, tells the story of his life as a skateboarder–turned–world–class–snowboarder, and of the sport that in less than 10 years has gone from underground to the forefront of ... read more
What do Henry Kissinger, Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, and Jon Bon Jovi have in common? They have all reached the top of their respective professions, and they all credit sports for teaching them the lessons that were fundamental to their success. In his years... read more
Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited, Tallulah Bankhead was an actress known as much for her vices -- cocaine, alcohol, hysterical tirades, and scandalous affairs with both men and women -- as she was for her winning performances on stage. In 1917, a fifteen... read more
Travel + Leisure magazine, the world's leading authority on hotels, resorts, and spas, presents the ultimate guide to the top places to stay around the globe. Exclusive, up-to-date rankings of the best properties-as determined by T+L's savvy readers-are combin... read more
Close your eyes and picture the Heisman Trophy. The form is easyto conjure, a graceful, fluid posethat is football past and football present in one dignified figure ...The story of the Heisman Trophyis an american epic.-- from the PrefaceNo sport in America ca... read more
When Casey Jones, a fanatic railroader with an obsession for his namesake, declares war on Transcon Railway, only one man stands between him and the destruction of the nation's largest rail line. That man is Cal Farranger, the last dyed-in-the-wool railroader ... read more
An interactive portrait of America's sixteenth president covers Lincoln's entire life, from his childhood and early political career to the turmoil of the Civil War and his assassination, in a volume that includes a host of family photographs, official portrai... read more
This 32-page Reader serves as a basic introduction to the major types of Pokémon, including examples of each type and details on how they Evolve. For this age group, getting readers comfortable with the material is a great start; the foundation provided by thi... read more
Pokemon Visual Guide

Katherine Fang

Pokemon: The Visual Guide is the essential companion to the animated world of Pokemon. For the first time, this book has collected the entirety of the Pokemon experience. From Ash to Team Rocket, from Kanto to Pokemon s effect in our world, we catch it all. Fe... read more
In celebration of the BSA's 100th anniversary, Boy Scouts of America: A Centennial History is the official and definitive history of one of our nation's most influential and cherished organizations. Packed with stories of service and heroism, and brought to li... read more
As a unique, one-volume encyclopedia with more than 700 WWE entries and more than 2500 images, this is the book for all WWE fans! Featuring hundreds of superstars of all eras, from the World Wrestling Federation of the 60s and 70s to today's WWE, this thrillin... read more
The Most Anticipated Book In The History of PokerSuper System 2 gathers together the greatest players, theorists, and world champions and expands upon the original with more games, new authors, and most importantly, more professional secrets from the best in t... read more
Danger continues to lurk at Ravenscliff, as Devon March returns to face an ancient evil."The terror begins on page one and never stops! This is my kind of book―filled with magic and dozens of frightening surprises." ―R.L. Stine"A rich, riveting and sophisticat... read more
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Brian has 62 reviews

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Danny Z.

Danny Z.

Jul, 2024

I had a very positive experience working with Brian on polishing my query package. He was very forthright about his process and was willing to get on a call to discuss his proposal before we started working together. I felt like he really took the time to understand what my story was about before offering suggestions, and he took the time to explain the reasoning behind his suggestions as well....
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Brian S.
Thanks, Danny! It was a pleasure. Best of luck with the submission process. I think you've got something good, and I hope to see it out in the world soon! Best, Brian
Daniel F.

Daniel F.

Sep, 2023

Working with Brian was an absolutely fantastic experience! His expertise and guidance in helping to review and refine my query letter were invaluable. What set Brian apart was his commitment to understanding my project and needs right from the beginning. Before discussing pricing or the scope of work, he initiated a Zoom meeting where we talked through the details of my project, the status of m...
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Brian S.
Thanks so much, Daniel! I'm happy to have been a crew member aboard Tiger Boat, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this project takes you. Thank you for your positive attitude, excellent quest...
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JD C.

JD C.

Jul, 2023

Brian goes above and beyond to help. Stellar feedback. Highly recommend!
Brian S.
Many thanks, JD! Looking forward to seeing this project out in the world!
Eric W.

Eric W.

Dec, 2022

Fantastic creative feedback as always! Great to work together again!
John H.

John H.

Jun, 2022

I had a good experienced working with Brian on an editorial assessment. He saw the fundamental problems with the work as written and made good suggestions on fixes.
Brian S.
Glad to hear it--thanks, John! It's a fascinating project, and I hope it finds its way into the world soon. Best of luck, Brian

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