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Courtney Calon

Courtney Calon - Editor

Portland, OR, United States

Developmental editor with skills in structuring content, organizing photos/illustrations and captions, and Americanization.

Overview

I have six years of experience in acquiring, editing, and project managing books for Chronicle Books and independent publishers in varying categories, from illustrated humor to unique memoirs. I began my career interning for Publisher’s Group West, McSweeney’s/The Believer, and Chronicle Books (with a session at the NYU Summer Publishing Institute in between) before taking an editorial position in the Entertainment Group at Chronicle Books.

As an editor, I love collaborating with authors and artists to create extraordinary projects that tell an engaging story in an engaging way. Whether it’s all words, all pictures, or somewhere in between, I thrive in developing an organized, interesting, and well-paced book.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Calendars Education & Reference Entertainment New Age Sports & outdoor recreation Transportation
Fiction
Humor & Comedy

Certifications

  • Certificate in Publishing Studies from NYU

Work experience

Associate Editor

Chronicle Books
August, 2011 – May, 2016 (over 4 years)

During my time at Chronicle Books, I worked as an editor in the Entertainment Group. As a member of this group I focused on acquiring, editing, and project managing books and formats in the subjects of humor, film and television, pets, pop culture, sports, and how-to. This breadth of subject matter led to a wide array of projects, from interesting formats (statuettes and temporary tattoos) to distinctive books (Cat Zodiac and How to Drive). This experience has made me an expert in content structure and illustration/photo organization, crafting a clear flow that engages readers.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver

Ben Collins

Here's the ultimate guide to being the best—and safest—driver possible. And an absolute must for everyone with a learner's permit. Former Top Gear Stig and professional driver Ben Collins shares expert skills culled from a twenty year career as one of the best drivers in the world, famous for racing in the Le Mans series and NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile, and dodging bullets with James Bond. ... read more

Here's the ultimate guide to being the best—and safest—driver possible. And an absolute must for everyone with a learner's permit. Former Top Gear Stig and professional driver Ben Collins shares expert skills culled from a twenty year career as one of the best drivers in the world, famous for racing in the Le Mans series and NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile, and dodging bullets with James Bond. ... read more

Cat Zodiac: An Astrological Guide to the Feline Mystique

Maeva Considine

Brand-new cat owners or those who have lived with a feline companion or two for years need only look to the stars to demystify cat behaviors. This zodiac collection delves into the inner lives of cats, exploring each sun sign and offering character traits, lifestyle insights, and relationship inclinations to help cat owners learn to live in harmony with their unique pets. Filled with whimsical... read more

Brand-new cat owners or those who have lived with a feline companion or two for years need only look to the stars to demystify cat behaviors. This zodiac collection delves into the inner lives of cats, exploring each sun sign and offering character traits, lifestyle insights, and relationship inclinations to help cat owners learn to live in harmony with their unique pets. Filled with whimsical... read more

Classic Book of Rude Jokes: Crass Humor for the Discriminating Jokester

Scott McNeely

For jokesters who like their humor on the dark side, this Classic Book of Rude Jokes compiles the most hilariously crass jokes out there in one compact volume. Scott McNeely, author of Ultimate Book of Jokes, has mined decades of rude joke history in search of the best of the worst jokes that were too shocking to include in his first collection. From dirty blonde jokes and tasteless religious ... read more

For jokesters who like their humor on the dark side, this Classic Book of Rude Jokes compiles the most hilariously crass jokes out there in one compact volume. Scott McNeely, author of Ultimate Book of Jokes, has mined decades of rude joke history in search of the best of the worst jokes that were too shocking to include in his first collection. From dirty blonde jokes and tasteless religious ... read more

Cat High: The Yearbook

Terry deRoy Gruber

This hilarious parody yearbook explores the ups and downs of a year in the life of the senior class cats at Paw Paw High School. This active senior class did a lot in their last year of high school: The Glee Club Meowlers recorded their first album, "Songs to Lick Fur To," the drama club performed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Ratters football coach, Fred Ball Whiskers, retired, and Sophie McMeow... read more

This hilarious parody yearbook explores the ups and downs of a year in the life of the senior class cats at Paw Paw High School. This active senior class did a lot in their last year of high school: The Glee Club Meowlers recorded their first album, "Songs to Lick Fur To," the drama club performed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Ratters football coach, Fred Ball Whiskers, retired, and Sophie McMeow... read more

#HashtagADay: A Hashtag Journal

Chronicle Books

Built for the micro-blogging-minded writer and with space for 365 entries, this journal is the perfect way to "tag" a year of memories IRL (in real life).

Built for the micro-blogging-minded writer and with space for 365 entries, this journal is the perfect way to "tag" a year of memories IRL (in real life).

Clear Seeing Place: Studio Visits

Brian Rutenberg

From the salt marshes and moss-draped live oaks of the South Carolina Lowcountry to the New York art world, Clear Seeing Place takes the reader behind the studio door to explore the making of a painter in intimate detail. Brimming with the joy of process and a love of art history, Brian Rutenberg reveals the places, people, and experiences that led to the paintings for which he is well known t... read more

From the salt marshes and moss-draped live oaks of the South Carolina Lowcountry to the New York art world, Clear Seeing Place takes the reader behind the studio door to explore the making of a painter in intimate detail. Brimming with the joy of process and a love of art history, Brian Rutenberg reveals the places, people, and experiences that led to the paintings for which he is well known t... read more

Anger Turned Sideways: A Memoir

A Hartmann

Throughout A’s life, the common thread has been chaos. He has a history of trickster antics that often start on a whim and end in trouble. This collection of stories—darkly funny and unflinchingly honest—builds a memoir of A’s life through a series of vignettes, replaying successes and failures from adolescence to adulthood. In each story, A delves into his past to parse vivid memories: a road... read more

Throughout A’s life, the common thread has been chaos. He has a history of trickster antics that often start on a whim and end in trouble. This collection of stories—darkly funny and unflinchingly honest—builds a memoir of A’s life through a series of vignettes, replaying successes and failures from adolescence to adulthood. In each story, A delves into his past to parse vivid memories: a road... read more

Recess: From Dodgeball to Double Dutch: Classic Games for Players of Today

Ben Applebaum, Dan DiSorbo

Remember recess? It was that refreshing break between classes that cleared the cobwebs, refreshed the mind, and got everyone moving. Recess is the ultimate illustrated guide to the best games of the playground, for inside and outside. With detailed instructions, diagrams, and a can-do, kick-butt attitude, this tome isn't meant to be read—it's meant to be played! This fun and interactive guide ... read more

Remember recess? It was that refreshing break between classes that cleared the cobwebs, refreshed the mind, and got everyone moving. Recess is the ultimate illustrated guide to the best games of the playground, for inside and outside. With detailed instructions, diagrams, and a can-do, kick-butt attitude, this tome isn't meant to be read—it's meant to be played! This fun and interactive guide ... read more

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Crossword Puzzles and News Trivia

David Levinson Wilk

Filled with puzzles and trivia taken directly from NPR's popular news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!©, this crossword puzzle book is for every fan who's been itching to put their own trivia powers to the test!

Filled with puzzles and trivia taken directly from NPR's popular news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!©, this crossword puzzle book is for every fan who's been itching to put their own trivia powers to the test!

F in Exams 2017 Daily Calendar

Richard Benson

Based on the bestselling F in Exams book series, this laugh-a-day calendar presents stunningly wrong but hilariously true student test answers.

Based on the bestselling F in Exams book series, this laugh-a-day calendar presents stunningly wrong but hilariously true student test answers.

Words to Ride By: Thoughts on Bicycling

Notable luminaries throughout history have been inspired and humbled by the simple joy of riding a bicycle. For centuries, this powerful connection between people and bikes has driven humans forward as inventors, travelers, and thinkers. From Susan B. Anthony and Mark Twain to Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond, collected here are entertaining, inspiring, and philosophical thoughts about cycling from... read more

Notable luminaries throughout history have been inspired and humbled by the simple joy of riding a bicycle. For centuries, this powerful connection between people and bikes has driven humans forward as inventors, travelers, and thinkers. From Susan B. Anthony and Mark Twain to Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond, collected here are entertaining, inspiring, and philosophical thoughts about cycling from... read more

Mr. Spock: Logic & Prosperity Box (Star Trek)

Steve Mockus

In the Star Trek universe, the U.S.S. Enterprise's chief science officer Mr. Spock personifies taking a logical approach to life's problems. This one-of-a-kind set encourages fans to tap into their inner Vulcan and take inspiration from Spock's cool, calm demeanor. Including a unique hand painted bust, a display stand, and a booklet filled with philosophical quotes and images of Spock in actio... read more

In the Star Trek universe, the U.S.S. Enterprise's chief science officer Mr. Spock personifies taking a logical approach to life's problems. This one-of-a-kind set encourages fans to tap into their inner Vulcan and take inspiration from Spock's cool, calm demeanor. Including a unique hand painted bust, a display stand, and a booklet filled with philosophical quotes and images of Spock in actio... read more

The Art of Disney: The Golden Age (1937-1961)

Disney

This box of postcards collects a treasure trove of concept art—many pieces never before published— and final frames from Disney's golden age of animation, spanning from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 to One Hundred and One Dalmatians in 1961.

This box of postcards collects a treasure trove of concept art—many pieces never before published— and final frames from Disney's golden age of animation, spanning from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 to One Hundred and One Dalmatians in 1961.

Cattoos!: Temporary Tattoos

Chronicle Books

Featuring kitties with major cattitude, these temporary tattoos are the purrfect way for cat lovers to express their furrvent devotion in a non-permanent way. Presenting a range of sentiments—from "Caturday!" to "Man's Best Frenemy"—these playful tattoos are sure to please even the most finicky of feline fans.

Featuring kitties with major cattitude, these temporary tattoos are the purrfect way for cat lovers to express their furrvent devotion in a non-permanent way. Presenting a range of sentiments—from "Caturday!" to "Man's Best Frenemy"—these playful tattoos are sure to please even the most finicky of feline fans.

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