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Kelli Christiansen

Kelli Christiansen - Editor

Chicago, IL, United States

As an editor/book doctor/writer/ghost/agent, I work with individuals and publishers alike to make publishing dreams come true.

Overview

After more than two decades in publishing, I'm still delighted and amazed that I get to do what I love—read manuscripts, edit manuscripts, write manuscripts, sell manuscripts, and work with books in various stages all day every day—and get paid for it!

Since working as a bookseller back in the day and then morphing into an agent/editor/ghostwriter, I have acquired, edited, written, and published hundreds of books on a variety of topics, from business/finance/investing to history/military history to sports to self-help to memoir.

I launched bibliobibuli professional editorial services in 2007 after having spent years working as a full-time in-house editor with such houses as Publications International, Ltd./Consumer Guide, McGraw-Hill, and ABA Publishing. I also am the founder of Chicago Publishing Network and of Chicago Book Review.

A former newspaper reporter and still a writer, my work has appeared in such media as Book Business Magazine; Carol Stream Press; Chicago Book Review; Chicago Life; Chicago Literati; Collections & Credit Risk Magazine; Faith, Hope & Fiction; Midwest Book Review; Midwestern Gothic; Sacramento Book Review; and San Francisco Book Review. Like most writers, I have drawers full (as it were) of manuscripts of my own in various stages of completion as well as files full of ideas and concepts just waiting to be written about.

Today, I help authors make their publishing dreams come true, working as an agent, editor, writer/ghostwriter, and consultant. From concept to proposal to manuscript to publication, I nurture authors through the entire process as they fulfill their publishing dreams. Because books matter.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Finance & Accounting Health & wellbeing History Publishing Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Literature Women's Fiction

Awards

  • 2016 James Friend Memorial Award for Literary and Dramatic Criticism

Work experience

President

Self-employed
March, 2007 – Present (almost 11 years)

From bookselling to writing to acquisitions to editing to agenting, I have been lucky enough to work in all aspects of publishing. Over the years, I have worked with scores of authors to publish hundreds of books as an agent, editor, and ghostwriter. From concept through publication and beyond, I work closely with authors to help them realize their publishing dreams.

Recent titles include business titles such as The Inequality Equalizer by Jena Abernathy (Ankerwyke, 2016), Critical Selling by Nick Kane and Justin Zappulla (Wiley, 2015), The Breakthrough Challenge by John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz (Jossey-Bass, 2014); history titles such as From the Dugouts to the Trenches by Jim Leeke (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades by Susannah J. Ural (Osprey, 2013), and The Rice Paddy Navy by Linda Kush (Osprey, 2012); and a variety of titles in other genres, including Suddenly Single After 50 by Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Executive Editor

ABA Publishing
October, 2005 – March, 2007 (over 1 year)

Led the American Bar Association's publishing program for the Section of Business Law, acquiring and editing books for lawyers and professionals.

Senior Editor

McGraw-Hill
March, 1998 – April, 2005 (about 7 years)

Acquired and edited books in business/finance/investing, including titles honored by such publications as Barron's, BusinessWeek, and Library Journal.

Acquisitions Editor

Publications International, Ltd./Consumer Guide
January, 1995 – March, 1998 (about 3 years)

Hired authors, editorial consultants, illustrators, photographers, and other talent for dozens of books every year, covering a variety of subjects including collecting, crafts, health, history, and other general and consumer interest titles.

City Editor

Press Publications
September, 1992 – December, 1994 (about 2 years)

Wrote features and news articles covering breaking news, government, and local issues.

Senior Bookseller

B. Dalton Bookseller (a division of Barnes & Noble)
November, 1989 – December, 1996 (about 7 years)

Hand-sold key frontlist and backlist titles to a variety of readers covering a variety of genres. Specialized in business, fiction, and history sections.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Inequality Equalizer

Jena Abernathy

In The Inequality Equalizer, career coach and executive search consultant Jena Abernathy shares real-world success strategies for young professionals in a no-nonsense guide that will help them balance their “junkyard dogs” and “pedigrees,” strategize their careers, and gain the confidence, skills, and know-how they need to get results, make winning impressions, and build long-lasting success o... read more

In The Inequality Equalizer, career coach and executive search consultant Jena Abernathy shares real-world success strategies for young professionals in a no-nonsense guide that will help them balance their “junkyard dogs” and “pedigrees,” strategize their careers, and gain the confidence, skills, and know-how they need to get results, make winning impressions, and build long-lasting success o... read more

Critical Selling: How Top Performers Accelerate the Sales Process and Close More Deals

Nick Kane, Justin Zappulla

Master these top-performing sales skills to dominate the marketplace Critical Selling is a dynamic and powerful guide for transforming your sales approach and outperforming your competition. This book is based on Janek Performance Group's, an award winning sales performance company, most popular sales training program, Critical Selling®. Let authors Justin Zappulla and Nick Kane, Managing Part... read more

Master these top-performing sales skills to dominate the marketplace Critical Selling is a dynamic and powerful guide for transforming your sales approach and outperforming your competition. This book is based on Janek Performance Group's, an award winning sales performance company, most popular sales training program, Critical Selling®. Let authors Justin Zappulla and Nick Kane, Managing Part... read more

The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today's Profits With Tomorrow's Bottom Line

John Elkington, Jochen Zeitz

The world’s most forward-looking CEOs recognize the real challenge facing business today: a fundamental shift in the nature of commerce. While sustainability programs, government action, and nonprofits are all parts of the solution, CEOs and other leaders must focus on social, environmental, and economic benefit—not only because it will make the world a better place, but because it will ensure... read more

The world’s most forward-looking CEOs recognize the real challenge facing business today: a fundamental shift in the nature of commerce. While sustainability programs, government action, and nonprofits are all parts of the solution, CEOs and other leaders must focus on social, environmental, and economic benefit—not only because it will make the world a better place, but because it will ensure... read more

Suddenly Single After 50: The Girlfriends' Guide to Navigating Loss, Restoring Hope, and Rebuilding Your Life

Barbara Ballinger, Margaret Crane

A stressful, protracted divorce. A difficult, painful death of a beloved husband. And suddenly, after age 50, you’re on your own again. Your children have moved out, your parents are aging fast or deceased, your friends’ lives continue onward, seemingly unchanged. Being suddenly single after age 50 can be terrifying, but eventually it can also be liberating. It can be fraught with worry and de... read more

A stressful, protracted divorce. A difficult, painful death of a beloved husband. And suddenly, after age 50, you’re on your own again. Your children have moved out, your parents are aging fast or deceased, your friends’ lives continue onward, seemingly unchanged. Being suddenly single after age 50 can be terrifying, but eventually it can also be liberating. It can be fraught with worry and de... read more

Pricing Done Right: The Pricing Framework Proven Successful by the World's Most Profitable Companies (Bloomberg Financial)

Tim J. Smith

Practical guidance and a fresh approach for more accurate value-based pricing Pricing Done Right provides a cutting-edge framework for value-based pricing and clear guidance on ideation, implementation, and execution. More action plan than primer, this book introduces a holistic strategy for ensuring on-target pricing by shifting the conversation from 'What is value-based pricing?' to 'How can... read more

Practical guidance and a fresh approach for more accurate value-based pricing Pricing Done Right provides a cutting-edge framework for value-based pricing and clear guidance on ideation, implementation, and execution. More action plan than primer, this book introduces a holistic strategy for ensuring on-target pricing by shifting the conversation from 'What is value-based pricing?' to 'How can... read more

Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan (General Military)

Scott McGaugh

In Battlefield Angels historian Scott McGaugh pays homage to the thousands of medics, hospital corpsmen, and battlefield nurses, doctors, surgeons who have provided succor and healing to the more than 40 million warriors who have served in America's armed forces since the nation's founding.McGaugh tells the story of Jonathan Letterman, a Union surgeon during the Civil War who is considered the... read more

In Battlefield Angels historian Scott McGaugh pays homage to the thousands of medics, hospital corpsmen, and battlefield nurses, doctors, surgeons who have provided succor and healing to the more than 40 million warriors who have served in America's armed forces since the nation's founding.McGaugh tells the story of Jonathan Letterman, a Union surgeon during the Civil War who is considered the... read more

The Master Swing Trader: Tools and Techniques to Profit from Outstanding Short-Term Trading Opportunities

Alan Farley

Swing trading is gaining popularity as a powerful method to increase returns―and potentially lower risks―by profiting from short-term price moves. The Master Swing Trader explains how traders can use technical analysis, charting, and market sentiment to make trades that hold through price fluctuations and noise with wider stops. This complete, practical guide to making profitable short-term tr... read more

Swing trading is gaining popularity as a powerful method to increase returns―and potentially lower risks―by profiting from short-term price moves. The Master Swing Trader explains how traders can use technical analysis, charting, and market sentiment to make trades that hold through price fluctuations and noise with wider stops. This complete, practical guide to making profitable short-term tr... read more

Forgotten Sacrifice: The Arctic Convoys of World War II (General Military)

Michael G. Walling

Hitler called Norway the “Zone of Destiny” for Nazi Germany because convoys from Churchill's Britain and Roosevelt's United States supplied Stalin's Soviet Russia with critical equipment and foodstuffs during the darkest days of the German invasion. The words "Murmansk Run" conjure visions of ice-laden ships and thoughts of freezing to death in seconds. For five long years, thousands of men an... read more

Hitler called Norway the “Zone of Destiny” for Nazi Germany because convoys from Churchill's Britain and Roosevelt's United States supplied Stalin's Soviet Russia with critical equipment and foodstuffs during the darkest days of the German invasion. The words "Murmansk Run" conjure visions of ice-laden ships and thoughts of freezing to death in seconds. For five long years, thousands of men an... read more

Personality at Work: The Drivers and Derailers of Leadership (Business Books)

Ronald Warren

An Evidence-Based Approach to Personality and LeadershipA leader’s bullying and constant dismissal of his team’s concerns nearly take down an entire company―and the global financial system. The U.S. Government has to provide a $182 billion bailout. A new CEO transforms a near-bankrupt auto company and its infamously competitive culture becomes more collaborative and thrives―making it the only ... read more

An Evidence-Based Approach to Personality and LeadershipA leader’s bullying and constant dismissal of his team’s concerns nearly take down an entire company―and the global financial system. The U.S. Government has to provide a $182 billion bailout. A new CEO transforms a near-bankrupt auto company and its infamously competitive culture becomes more collaborative and thrives―making it the only ... read more

From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War

Jim Leeke

Baseball, like the rest of the country, changed dramatically when the United States entered World War I, and Jim Leeke brings these changes to life in From the Dugouts to the Trenches. He deftly describes how the war obliterated big league clubs and largely dismantled the Minor Leagues, as many prominent players joined the military and went overseas. By the war’s end more than 1,250 ballplayer... read more

Baseball, like the rest of the country, changed dramatically when the United States entered World War I, and Jim Leeke brings these changes to life in From the Dugouts to the Trenches. He deftly describes how the war obliterated big league clubs and largely dismantled the Minor Leagues, as many prominent players joined the military and went overseas. By the war’s end more than 1,250 ballplayer... read more

Outsmarting the Smart Money : Understand How Markets Really Work and Win the Wealth Game

Lawrence A. Cunningham

How to invest using straightforward common sense instead of misleading"hot tips" While market pundits argue the rational market theory, one theory gets almost universal consensus­­that of the irrational investor. Outsmarting the Smart Money outlines where most investors go wrong and explains how to instead approach the markets with intelligence and calm. Filled with hard-hitting insights and u... read more

How to invest using straightforward common sense instead of misleading"hot tips" While market pundits argue the rational market theory, one theory gets almost universal consensus­­that of the irrational investor. Outsmarting the Smart Money outlines where most investors go wrong and explains how to instead approach the markets with intelligence and calm. Filled with hard-hitting insights and u... read more

Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time

John Boik

The trading strategies of legends Jesse Livermore, Bernard Baruch, Gerald Loeb, and more provide ways to triumph in the market Today's bookshelves are so laden with Johnny-come-lately experts, eager to sell their knowledge to any and all, that it's sometimes hard for traders to know which way to turn or whom to trust. Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time makes the choice simple,... read more

The trading strategies of legends Jesse Livermore, Bernard Baruch, Gerald Loeb, and more provide ways to triumph in the market Today's bookshelves are so laden with Johnny-come-lately experts, eager to sell their knowledge to any and all, that it's sometimes hard for traders to know which way to turn or whom to trust. Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time makes the choice simple,... read more

Behind Devil's Rock

Sylvester Youlo

When Dan Freeman, a native Liberian, moved from his small hometown to attend school at the prestigious Cape Palmus High School in Harper City, little did he know that he would one day become entangled in an intricate web of racism, sex, infidelity, politics, deceit, voodoo, and even murder. But when his best friend, Mo, a talented and popular young musician, goes missing, Dan soon finds himsel... read more

When Dan Freeman, a native Liberian, moved from his small hometown to attend school at the prestigious Cape Palmus High School in Harper City, little did he know that he would one day become entangled in an intricate web of racism, sex, infidelity, politics, deceit, voodoo, and even murder. But when his best friend, Mo, a talented and popular young musician, goes missing, Dan soon finds himsel... read more

The 13th Apostle

Arkady Povzikov

The Thirteenth Apostle uncovers a jarring world secret through loss, love, and human experience culminating beyond simple answers and instead in ultimate truth. Upset over the tragic loss of his infant son to a freak genetic abnormality writer Sasha Komarov, sets out on a quest for answers regarding his family's mysterious and illustrious past. His travels take him from Canada to Siberia, wher... read more

The Thirteenth Apostle uncovers a jarring world secret through loss, love, and human experience culminating beyond simple answers and instead in ultimate truth. Upset over the tragic loss of his infant son to a freak genetic abnormality writer Sasha Komarov, sets out on a quest for answers regarding his family's mysterious and illustrious past. His travels take him from Canada to Siberia, wher... read more

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