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Leigh Saffold

Leigh Saffold - Editor

Oakland, California

A pleasure to work with, authors and publishers applaud Leigh's calm and charisma.

Overview

“Over the past 3 years, Chronicle Books has been our true partner in conceiving and bringing the incredibly complex 360 Sound: The History of Columbia Records to fruition. Leigh Saffold, our editor, gave spot-on advice and edits to the authors of the books. Both said that Leigh’s markups were the best they had ever gotten.”

I've spent the past 15 years editing and project managing books for BluePen, Chronicle Books, Parallax Press, and UH Press in categories including art and gift, food and drink, literary anthologies, company biographies, mindfulness, memoirs, and more. I took a circuitous path into book publishing, after graduating from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature I started my first career as an elementary school teacher. From there my love of writing naturally led to developing K-12 curriculum, and eventually to journalism where I wrote news for the local NPR affiliate station. But news proved to be too fast-paced, so I went on to pursue a master’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Hawai’i. There I won the literary publishing fellowship and spent four years learning the artistry and grace of editing before moving back to the Bay Area.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Calendars Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference Religion & Spirituality

Work experience

Cofounder/Editor

Blue Pen Agency

July, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

Managing Editor, Art and Custom Books

Chronicle Books

July, 2010 – July, 2015 (about 5 years)

Production Editor

Parallax Press

July, 2006 – July, 2010 (almost 4 years)

Associate Editor

Manoa Journal, University of Hawai'i Press

August, 2002 – June, 2006 (almost 4 years)

Portfolio (9 selected works)

360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story

Sean Wilentz

For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweave... read more

For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweave... read more

Anh's Anger

Gail Silver

Children experience anger on a regular basis, but lack the coping skills to guide them through these difficult moments. In Anh's Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers ... read more

Children experience anger on a regular basis, but lack the coping skills to guide them through these difficult moments. In Anh's Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers ... read more

Jungle Planet: And Other New Stories From The Pacific, Asia, and the Americas (Manoa: Pacific Journal of International Writing)

This volume highlights contemporary literature from throughout the Pacific hemisphere, featuring prose by writers from the Philippines, Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, Korea, and the U.S., including Native Americans and Pacific islanders. Among these are Lysley Tenorion, Andrew Lam, Robert Barclay, Bay Anapol, and Eddie Chuculate from the U.S.; Lakambini Sitoy from the Philippines; K... read more

This volume highlights contemporary literature from throughout the Pacific hemisphere, featuring prose by writers from the Philippines, Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, Korea, and the U.S., including Native Americans and Pacific islanders. Among these are Lysley Tenorion, Andrew Lam, Robert Barclay, Bay Anapol, and Eddie Chuculate from the U.S.; Lakambini Sitoy from the Philippines; K... read more

In the Spirit of Swing The First 25 Years of Jazz at Lincoln Center

The Editors at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Book by The Editors at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Author), Wynton Marsalis (Narrator)

Book by The Editors at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Author), Wynton Marsalis (Narrator)

Raising Eyebrows: Your Personal Guide to Fabulous Brows

Cameron Tuttle

Raising Eyebrows: Your Personal Guide to Fabulous Brows

Raising Eyebrows: Your Personal Guide to Fabulous Brows

Together We Are One: Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection

Thich Nhat Hanh

Although Together We Are One is based on Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings given to Buddhist practitioners of color, readers of all backgrounds and walks of life can appreciate this inspirational and practical guide. In chapters focusing on honoring our ancestors, developing understanding and compassion, and seeing the world in terms of interbeing, Nhat Hanh shows how meditation and the practice of ... read more

Although Together We Are One is based on Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings given to Buddhist practitioners of color, readers of all backgrounds and walks of life can appreciate this inspirational and practical guide. In chapters focusing on honoring our ancestors, developing understanding and compassion, and seeing the world in terms of interbeing, Nhat Hanh shows how meditation and the practice of ... read more

St. Regis The Bloody Mary

This book is really good, it has some little stocking scratch on front but it is really new.

This book is really good, it has some little stocking scratch on front but it is really new.

Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child

Thich Nhat Hanh

An exciting contribution to the growing trend of applying Buddhist practices to encourage wellness and balance mental health. Reconciliation focuses on mindful awareness of our emotions and offers concrete practices to restore damaged relationships through meditations and exercises to help acknowledge and transform the hurt that many of us may have experienced as children. Reconciliation shows... read more

An exciting contribution to the growing trend of applying Buddhist practices to encourage wellness and balance mental health. Reconciliation focuses on mindful awareness of our emotions and offers concrete practices to restore damaged relationships through meditations and exercises to help acknowledge and transform the hurt that many of us may have experienced as children. Reconciliation shows... read more

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