Shawn Saler

Shawn Saler - Editor

Oakland, CA

Writer and Editor

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Overview

What do you need a writer for? After all, you know what you want to say, so why should you need someone else to put it into words? It turns out the hardest part of writing is figuring out how to get that voice of yours to sound like you. Sometimes the best writing is writing that doesn't feel written at all.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Economics
Education & Reference
History
Philosophy
Politics & Current Affairs
Publishing
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Technology
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Plays & Screenplays
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Iowa Writer's Workshop - MFA
  • UC Berkeley - MA
  • Harvard University - BA

Awards

  • Michener-Copernicus Fellowship

Work experience

Lead Curriculum Developer

eDriving
May, 2011 – June, 2017 (about 6 years)

As lead curriculum developer at eDriving, I oversaw the development and maintenance of online driver education course content in multiple media, while authoring various materials, including blog articles, for content marketing initiatives. Having coordinated department integration following a corporate merger, I helped manage a curriculum development team divided across multiple offices and establish a single set of standards and practices to be used across various brands.

Freelance Writer and Editor

Self-employed
July, 2010 – Present (almost 8 years)

I've performed a wide variety services involving all aspects of the writing process, including initial brainstorming, outlining and restructuring, ghostwriting, and copy editing. On everything from academic research papers to young adult Christmas stories, I've consistently transformed imperfectly written manuscripts into professional-quality documents.

Freelance Writer

FLEX College Prep
November, 2010 – May, 2011 (6 months)

For FLEX College Prep (a private tutoring company), I composed numerous practice SAT exams to be employed as teaching materials.

Freelance Writer

citysbest.com
July, 2010 – October, 2010 (3 months)

In this position, I produced brief business profiles comprising a descriptive editorial review, need-to-know information, and professional-quality photographs.

Teaching-Writing Fellow/Correspondence Learning Instructor

University of Iowa
August, 2007 – May, 2009 (over 1 year)

At the University of Iowa, I led college fiction writing workshops, as well as internet correspondence courses in fiction writing, where I engaged with student story writing by offering extensive critiques and evaluations. Additionally, I worked as submissions editor for Iowa Short Fiction Contest and Iowa Review, reviewing fiction submissions.

Graduate Student Instructor

University of California, Berkeley
June, 2005 – May, 2007 (almost 2 years)

As a GSI at UC Berkeley, I taught, designed, and organized semester-long discussion sections in American Literature, while maintaining in-person and online availability to students.

Assistant Manager

Comic Relief: The Comic Bookstore
July, 2000 – August, 2009 (about 9 years)

At Comic Relief, I oversaw preparation and ordering for and operations of Comic Relief’s extensive convention setup; coordinated the store's media strategy, writing press releases and designing advertisements; and managed correspondence and friendly communication with customers, distributors, creators, and publishers.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Oskar, the Christmas Tree Elf: A Christmas to Remember (The Christmas Tree Elves Book 1)

Jim Reid

Emma loves Christmas, but this year when her family makes its annual trip to her grandparents’ farm, she’s in for a holiday surprise like no other! In this timeless tale of Christmas magic, Emma meets Oskar — the Christmas Tree elf who’s watched over her family’s trees for generations — and learns about a side of Christmas she’s never heard about before. Oskar has a plan to realize his most ma... read more

Emma loves Christmas, but this year when her family makes its annual trip to her grandparents’ farm, she’s in for a holiday surprise like no other! In this timeless tale of Christmas magic, Emma meets Oskar — the Christmas Tree elf who’s watched over her family’s trees for generations — and learns about a side of Christmas she’s never heard about before. Oskar has a plan to realize his most ma... read more

Kringlewart and the Crookedest Christmas Tree (The Christmas Tree Elves Book 2)

Jim Reid

When the ancient tree elf Grunelda took the brew that would stunt her son's growth and allow him to care for the small Christmas trees that humans had started to grow, she may have taken more than she needed to just to stop the nagging of her husband, Galbreath. This was three hundred and eighty three years ago, while the boy was still within her belly. Now Kringlewart is a runt, even for a we... read more

When the ancient tree elf Grunelda took the brew that would stunt her son's growth and allow him to care for the small Christmas trees that humans had started to grow, she may have taken more than she needed to just to stop the nagging of her husband, Galbreath. This was three hundred and eighty three years ago, while the boy was still within her belly. Now Kringlewart is a runt, even for a we... read more

The Great Peace: Or, Get with the Pogrom

Ryan George Kittleman

A small American city is under siege. A group of starving artists- led by a reclusive, sweatpants-wearing billionaire- are determined to overthrow the government by any means necessary. With little hope for peace, a neurotic young gadabout, fresh off a failed suicide attempt, takes it upon himself to save his hometown from ruin. Along the way he encounters revolutionaries, nitwits, weirdos, pe... read more

A small American city is under siege. A group of starving artists- led by a reclusive, sweatpants-wearing billionaire- are determined to overthrow the government by any means necessary. With little hope for peace, a neurotic young gadabout, fresh off a failed suicide attempt, takes it upon himself to save his hometown from ruin. Along the way he encounters revolutionaries, nitwits, weirdos, pe... read more

Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez (Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture)

Frederick Luis Aldama

Though the field of comic book studies has burgeoned in recent years, Latino characters and creators have received little attention. Putting the spotlight on this vibrant segment, Your Brain on Latino Comics illuminates the world of superheroes Firebird, Vibe, and the new Blue Beetle while also examining the effects on readers who are challenged to envision such worlds.Exploring mainstream com... read more

Though the field of comic book studies has burgeoned in recent years, Latino characters and creators have received little attention. Putting the spotlight on this vibrant segment, Your Brain on Latino Comics illuminates the world of superheroes Firebird, Vibe, and the new Blue Beetle while also examining the effects on readers who are challenged to envision such worlds.Exploring mainstream com... read more

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