Gretchen Stelter

Gretchen Stelter - Editor Tick

Portland, OR, USA

I am a writer, editor, and creative collaborator. I've helped develop and edit nonfiction and fiction projects at all levels of completion.

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Overview

I'm an editor, writer, and former agent. I've worked on over 500 books published by traditional publishing houses as well as working with a handful of self-published authors. I do everything from developmental and line editing to copyediting and ghost writing. I was trained at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, in AUS English, UK English, and US English editing before finishing my degree at Portland State University, Oregon, US.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Romance
Thriller
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
True Crime

Certifications

  • MA in Professional Writing
  • Member of EFA
  • Member of Sisters in Crime
  • Member of Northwest Independent Editors Guild

Work experience

Editor & Writer

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (about 9 years)

Editorial Director

Baker's Mark Literary Agency
May, 2005 – December, 2009 (over 4 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Last Mrs. Parrish

Liv Constantine

THE DECEMBER PICK FOR REESE WITHERSPOON'S HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB"Filled with envy, deception, and power, it’s a great reading escape. And there is a thrilling twist at the end!!" —Reese Witherspoon“Will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.”—The Skimm“Deliciously duplicitous. . . . equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as Gill... read more

THE DECEMBER PICK FOR REESE WITHERSPOON'S HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB"Filled with envy, deception, and power, it’s a great reading escape. And there is a thrilling twist at the end!!" —Reese Witherspoon“Will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.”—The Skimm“Deliciously duplicitous. . . . equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as Gill... read more

The Bone Witch (2 Book Series)

Rin Chupeco

From Book 1: A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of Spring 2017!In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price...Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him ... read more

From Book 1: A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of Spring 2017!In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price...Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him ... read more

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1)

Zoraida Cordova

An NPR Best Young Adult Book of 2016Tor.com's Best YA SFF of 2016A Bustle Best Book of 2016 SelectionA Paste Magazine's Best Books of 2016The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid h... read more

An NPR Best Young Adult Book of 2016Tor.com's Best YA SFF of 2016A Bustle Best Book of 2016 SelectionA Paste Magazine's Best Books of 2016The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid h... read more

Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas)

Zoraida Cordova

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead. Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life. Then a bus crash turns Lula's world u... read more

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead. Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life. Then a bus crash turns Lula's world u... read more

House of Thieves: A Novel

Charles Belfoure

"Belfoure's sly, roguish writing opens a window to those living both gilded and tarnished lives... Best of all, Belfoure holds together each and every thread of the novel, resulting in a most memorable, evocative read."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED ReviewGangs of New York meets The Age of Innocence as a society architect in 1880s Manhattan is forced to join a gritty crime ring—from the author of... read more

"Belfoure's sly, roguish writing opens a window to those living both gilded and tarnished lives... Best of all, Belfoure holds together each and every thread of the novel, resulting in a most memorable, evocative read."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED ReviewGangs of New York meets The Age of Innocence as a society architect in 1880s Manhattan is forced to join a gritty crime ring—from the author of... read more

Carnegie's Maid: A Novel

Marie Benedict

From the author of The Other Einstein, the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanishe... read more

From the author of The Other Einstein, the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanishe... read more

The Last Day of Emily Lindsey

Nic Joseph

A bone-chilling novel about a woman found holding a hunting knife, covered in blood that is not her own, who communicates with a single, ominous drawing, and the man who must get inside her head to solve a mystery without a crime.Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the r... read more

A bone-chilling novel about a woman found holding a hunting knife, covered in blood that is not her own, who communicates with a single, ominous drawing, and the man who must get inside her head to solve a mystery without a crime.Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the r... read more

The Night in Question: A Novel

Nic Joseph

"When her husband's medical bills become overwhelming, Paula starts a side job as an Uber driver. One night, she picks up a quiet stranger and drops him off at a suburban Chicago address. When she later recognizes him as the musician husband of a famous actress--an actress who is obviously not the woman she saw him embracing that night--Paula does what any down-on-her-luck bystander would do: ... read more

"When her husband's medical bills become overwhelming, Paula starts a side job as an Uber driver. One night, she picks up a quiet stranger and drops him off at a suburban Chicago address. When she later recognizes him as the musician husband of a famous actress--an actress who is obviously not the woman she saw him embracing that night--Paula does what any down-on-her-luck bystander would do: ... read more

Farmacy Kitchen Cookbook: Plant-based recipes for a conscious way of life

Camilla Fayed

'Farmacy food is what we have all been waiting for. Great tasting healthy food for an optimum mind and body means a better planet for us and the creatures we share it with' - Stella McCartney'Since it opened, Farmacy has been the hottest table in town' - Vogue'THE healthy eating place' - GQ'An oasis of health and happiness' - Harper's BazaarInterested in eating and living in a more conscious w... read more

'Farmacy food is what we have all been waiting for. Great tasting healthy food for an optimum mind and body means a better planet for us and the creatures we share it with' - Stella McCartney'Since it opened, Farmacy has been the hottest table in town' - Vogue'THE healthy eating place' - GQ'An oasis of health and happiness' - Harper's BazaarInterested in eating and living in a more conscious w... read more

Two Days Gone (Ryan DeMarco Mystery)

Randall Silvis

"...a suspenseful, literary thriller that will resonate with readers long after the book is finished. A terrific choice for Dennis Lehane fans." ― Library Journal, Starred ReviewFor fans of Tana French, Two Days Gone is a gripping new literary suspense novel from acclaimed author Randall Silvis that tells the story of a small college town rocked by a gruesome murder, and the beloved English pr... read more

"...a suspenseful, literary thriller that will resonate with readers long after the book is finished. A terrific choice for Dennis Lehane fans." ― Library Journal, Starred ReviewFor fans of Tana French, Two Days Gone is a gripping new literary suspense novel from acclaimed author Randall Silvis that tells the story of a small college town rocked by a gruesome murder, and the beloved English pr... read more

Walking the Bones (Ryan DeMarco Mystery)

Randall Silvis

When long-buried secrets come back to the surface...The bones of seven young girls, picked clean and carefully preserved, discovered years ago... that's all Sergeant Ryan DeMarco knows about the unsolved crime he has unwittingly been roped into investigating during what is supposed to be a healing road trip with his new love, Jayme. DeMarco is still reeling from the case that led to death of h... read more

When long-buried secrets come back to the surface...The bones of seven young girls, picked clean and carefully preserved, discovered years ago... that's all Sergeant Ryan DeMarco knows about the unsolved crime he has unwittingly been roped into investigating during what is supposed to be a healing road trip with his new love, Jayme. DeMarco is still reeling from the case that led to death of h... read more

The Assassin Game

Kirsty McKay

T.A.G. You're It..."It is 4 a.m. when they come for me. I am already awake, strung out on the fear that they will come, and fear that they won't. When I finally hear the click of the latch on the dormitory door, I have only a second to brace myself before-"At Cate's isolated boarding school Killer is more than a game-it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "killed" during a seri... read more

T.A.G. You're It..."It is 4 a.m. when they come for me. I am already awake, strung out on the fear that they will come, and fear that they won't. When I finally hear the click of the latch on the dormitory door, I have only a second to brace myself before-"At Cate's isolated boarding school Killer is more than a game-it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "killed" during a seri... read more

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