Michael Tager

Michael Tager - Editor

Baltimore, MD, USA

Independent publisher and freelance editor. I edit fiction, literary writing, academic works and journalism.

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Overview

I'm a writer and editor from Baltimore. I have a BA in English, a BS in Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from the University of Baltimore. I am widely published in literary journals, anthologies, scientific journals and magazines.

In addition to my writing, I have edited dozens of books and anthologies in all capacities, both in my role as Managing Editor of Mason Jar Press--an independent publisher--and also as a literary citizen and freelancers.
As Managing Editor, I've shepherded 15 books into the world, with many more currently in development. This process includes reading and solicitation, months of editing, design and marketing. I'm incredibly proud of the work I've done and I absolutely love it. There's very little as rewarding as helping create a piece of art and putting it into the world. My job is the best.

One of the books I've edited, How to Sit, was a finalist for the 2019 PEN Open Books Awards and another,
Continental Breakfast, is currently a finalist for the 2019 Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards.

While I specialize in developmental editing, I am widely versed in proofreading and copyediting and enjoy every phase of a book's birth. I am avaiable from the very earliest stages of book creation up until the very end. Should you wish a long-term partner to walk you through the writing process, I can do that. If you need a final spit-and-polish, I love that too.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade Fantasy
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Sports & Outdoors

Certifications

  • MFA

Work experience

Managing Editor

Mason Jar Press
May, 2014 – Present (about 6 years)

Along with the Editor in Chief, I founded Mason Jar Press in 2014. Since then, I have published 14 books in multiple literary styles, from poetry anthologies, straight literary fiction, experimental prose forms, to memoir and science fiction.

I am immersed in the entire process, beginning with reading and choosing submissions, to developing over months and years fully-realized works and finishing with the proofing and copy-editing phase. It is a deeply satisfying and rewarding position, one I treasure and maintain intense enthusiasm for.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

How to Sit: A Memoir in Stories and Essays

Tyrese L. Coleman

How to Sit, a memoir when viewed in its entirety, plays with the line between fiction and nonfiction as it explores adolescence, identity, grief, and the transition between girlhood and womanhood for a young black woman seeking to ground herself when all she wants is to pretend her world is fantasy. "A vibrant collection merging story and essay, fact and fiction, Coleman reveals a self more cl... read more

How to Sit, a memoir when viewed in its entirety, plays with the line between fiction and nonfiction as it explores adolescence, identity, grief, and the transition between girlhood and womanhood for a young black woman seeking to ground herself when all she wants is to pretend her world is fantasy. "A vibrant collection merging story and essay, fact and fiction, Coleman reveals a self more cl... read more

Ashley Sugarnotch & the Wolf

Lakes, Elizabeth Deanna Morris

...and Other Disasters

Malka Older

...and Other Disasters, the smart and moving collection of short fiction and poetry from acclaimed author Malka Older, examines otherness, identity and compassion across a spectrum of possible existence. In stories about an AI built for empathy, a corps of fighting midwives traveling to a new planet, and a young anthropologist who returns to study the cultures of a dying Earth, Older's charact... read more

...and Other Disasters, the smart and moving collection of short fiction and poetry from acclaimed author Malka Older, examines otherness, identity and compassion across a spectrum of possible existence. In stories about an AI built for empathy, a corps of fighting midwives traveling to a new planet, and a young anthropologist who returns to study the cultures of a dying Earth, Older's charact... read more

Continental Breakfast

Danny Caine

"Danny Caine's Continental Breakfast portrays suburban life in the Midwest with humor, pathos, and tender care. Populating chain restaurants, deserted shopping malls, and family Passover dinners, the characters of the poems narrate an experience that, while familiar to many, doesn't often make it into the pages of poetry collections. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll raise your can of Bud Lite.... read more

"Danny Caine's Continental Breakfast portrays suburban life in the Midwest with humor, pathos, and tender care. Populating chain restaurants, deserted shopping malls, and family Passover dinners, the characters of the poems narrate an experience that, while familiar to many, doesn't often make it into the pages of poetry collections. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll raise your can of Bud Lite.... read more

Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was

dave ring

Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was (edited by dave ring, Mason Jar Press, August 2018) explores the edges of urban fantasy through queer narratives in the tradition of Swords of the Rainbow (Alyson Publications, 1996) and Bending the Landscape (Overlook Books, 1997). This collection contains ten of those edges, each one bright and gleaming, from Claire Rudy Foster's story ... read more

Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was (edited by dave ring, Mason Jar Press, August 2018) explores the edges of urban fantasy through queer narratives in the tradition of Swords of the Rainbow (Alyson Publications, 1996) and Bending the Landscape (Overlook Books, 1997). This collection contains ten of those edges, each one bright and gleaming, from Claire Rudy Foster's story ... read more

Out of Step: A Memoir (Non/Fiction Collection Prize)

Anthony Moll

What makes a pink-haired queer raise his hand to enlist in the military just as the nation is charging into war? In his memoir, Out of Step, Anthony Moll tells the story of a working-class bisexual boy running off to join the army in the midst of two wars and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. Set against the backdrop of hypermasculinity and sexual secrecy, Moll weaves a queer coming-of-age stor... read more

What makes a pink-haired queer raise his hand to enlist in the military just as the nation is charging into war? In his memoir, Out of Step, Anthony Moll tells the story of a working-class bisexual boy running off to join the army in the midst of two wars and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. Set against the backdrop of hypermasculinity and sexual secrecy, Moll weaves a queer coming-of-age stor... read more

I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf

Erin Dorney

Erin Dorney's debut, I Am Not Famous Anymore, is a collection of erasure poems sourced from media interviews with Shia LaBeouf. Erasure is a form of poetry created by erasing words from an existing text and framing the result on the page as a poem. The poems in I Am Not Famous Anymore are sourced from interviews published in Rolling Stone, Dazed, GQ, The Guardian, The New York Times, Playboy, ... read more

Erin Dorney's debut, I Am Not Famous Anymore, is a collection of erasure poems sourced from media interviews with Shia LaBeouf. Erasure is a form of poetry created by erasing words from an existing text and framing the result on the page as a poem. The poems in I Am Not Famous Anymore are sourced from interviews published in Rolling Stone, Dazed, GQ, The Guardian, The New York Times, Playboy, ... read more

The Bong-Ripping Brides of Count Drogado

Dave K.

The Brides have chosen you to attend Count Drogado's endless bacchanal. You are broken, homeless, maimed. Why did they choose you? What power do they hold? Can you escape the Count, escape the Brides, escape the endless fate that follows, collecting coins from the dead one at a time? The madness of the Bong-Ripping Brides lies within.

The Brides have chosen you to attend Count Drogado's endless bacchanal. You are broken, homeless, maimed. Why did they choose you? What power do they hold? Can you escape the Count, escape the Brides, escape the endless fate that follows, collecting coins from the dead one at a time? The madness of the Bong-Ripping Brides lies within.

Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy & Sexuality

Saida Agostini, Anya Creightney, Teri Ellen Cross Davis

The Black Ladies Brunch Collective's Poetry Anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, (Mason Jar Press, 2017) is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes's novel Not Without Laughter. It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is cru... read more

The Black Ladies Brunch Collective's Poetry Anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, (Mason Jar Press, 2017) is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes's novel Not Without Laughter. It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is cru... read more

Notes From My Phone: A self-portrait in her twenties

Michelle Junot

Michelle Junot has kept notes on her phone for years-what to pick up at the store, work-out logs, prayers, hopes, thoughts on life and death-all the while creating a snapshot of her life with an honesty that only occurs when not paying attention. In Notes From My Phone* (Mason Jar Press, 2016), Junot opens up her phone and her life to you. This collection of essays, to-do lists, vignettes, rem... read more

Michelle Junot has kept notes on her phone for years-what to pick up at the store, work-out logs, prayers, hopes, thoughts on life and death-all the while creating a snapshot of her life with an honesty that only occurs when not paying attention. In Notes From My Phone* (Mason Jar Press, 2016), Junot opens up her phone and her life to you. This collection of essays, to-do lists, vignettes, rem... read more

Index: These Thoughts

Hauser, Tracy E

The Avenue: Volume III

Alana Capria, Erin Drew, Alisha Ebling, Adina Ferguson, Anthony Moll, Madeleine Mysko, Heather Rounds, Chris Tarry, Joseph Young, More!

The Avenue is a new, bi-annual literary journal with a mid-Atlantic geographical focus. For this issue, the editors requested that readers and writers consider the myriad realities of Woman and to then write with Woman in mind. The volume, Woman, is the final result and contains fiction, poetry and nonfiction that define the indefinable: Woman.

The Avenue is a new, bi-annual literary journal with a mid-Atlantic geographical focus. For this issue, the editors requested that readers and writers consider the myriad realities of Woman and to then write with Woman in mind. The volume, Woman, is the final result and contains fiction, poetry and nonfiction that define the indefinable: Woman.

E is for Evil (Alphabet Anthologies Book 5)

Rhonda Parrish, Beth Cato, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, L.S. Johnson, Brittany Warman, Sara Cleto, C.S. MacCath, Sucanne J. Willis, Andrew Bourelle, Hal J. Friesen

E is for Evil contains twenty-six individual stories which each shine a different light on the multi-faceted idea that is evil. Running the gamut from lyrical fantasy to gritty horror in these stories possessed toys, hellish bureaucrats, scientists with questionable morals, abusive partners and even lingerie sellers all take their turn in the spotlight.Featuring fresh new stories from Michael ... read more

E is for Evil contains twenty-six individual stories which each shine a different light on the multi-faceted idea that is evil. Running the gamut from lyrical fantasy to gritty horror in these stories possessed toys, hellish bureaucrats, scientists with questionable morals, abusive partners and even lingerie sellers all take their turn in the spotlight.Featuring fresh new stories from Michael ... read more

I Don't Want To Be Your Bridesmaid

Adina Ferguson

I Don't Want To Be Your Bridesmaid is the debut memoir collection by Adina Ferguson. Ferguson's honest, witty and rhythmic style defines the voice of a 20-something introvert who's single, shy and so over being a bridesmaid. This humorous memoir collection stumbles over everything from femininity, race, daddy issues, relationship woes, family misfortune and much more. I Don't Want To Be Your B... read more

I Don't Want To Be Your Bridesmaid is the debut memoir collection by Adina Ferguson. Ferguson's honest, witty and rhythmic style defines the voice of a 20-something introvert who's single, shy and so over being a bridesmaid. This humorous memoir collection stumbles over everything from femininity, race, daddy issues, relationship woes, family misfortune and much more. I Don't Want To Be Your B... read more

Michael has 10 reviews

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Casey Steele
It comes across quickly that Michael is a sharp and versatile professional. I couldn't be happier with his proof/copy editing work. Everything was well-organized, timely, and precise, while remaining cognizant of the broader goals of my work. That is no small task, and he crushed it. Thanks Michael!

Casey Steele, May 2020


Patrick Harbord
Michael’s review was useful and to the point. I will be making many changes as is suggested.

Patrick Harbord, May 2020


Iva Bezinović-Haydon
Michael was great to work with. His comments were kind, but direct and on point. He stuck to the agreed deadline and, in addition to editing individual stories, he provided me with his thoughts on my work as a whole and gave me a few reading suggestions. I'd definitely recommend Michael.

Iva Bezinović-Haydon, April 2020


mark wilkes
Michael was super easy to work with and had good insight into some of the problems I was struggling with. I'd for sure work with him again.

mark wilkes, April 2020


Matthew Nosal
Michael was very helpful. He offered specific positive & negative feedback. He communicated with me to figure out my needs & the services he could provide.

Matthew Nosal, March 2020

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