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Tricia Callahan

Tricia Callahan - Editor

Portland, United States

Editor formerly at Penguin, Random House, and Howler, specializing in novels, essays, and short stories for both adult and young readers.

Overview

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After nearly a decade in production editorial at book publishers Penguin and Random House, I left New York City for Portland, Oregon, and became a full-time freelancer. My expertise is copyediting and proofreading original manuscripts and page proofs.

In a basic copy edit, I focus on clarity, concision, accuracy, consistency, and correctness in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, tightening and rewriting when requested. In a basic proofread, I fix lingering editorial errors and flag production errors in page layout, cross-references, image placement, and design-element consistency. Resources I consult: The Chicago Manual of Style, 16 and 17; Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11; Words into Type, 3; AP Stylebook. We can work together using: Word docs, Google docs, and/or Adobe Acrobat PDFs.

I worked as a copy editor and production editor at book publishing companies and magazines; as editor in chief of Slice magazine, I edited short stories. I studied substantive editing at NYU and creative writing at Loyola College and was a member of Anna Solomon's Advanced Fiction Writing workshop in Brooklyn. I'm currently studying minimalism techniques in Chuck Palahniuk and Lidia Yuknavitch's writing workshop in Portland.

When I'm not editing, I'm likely writing my own fiction, playing soccer, hiking in the Gorge, or biking around the city.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Inspirational Literature Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Publishing

Awards

  • Writing Medal, Loyola College in Maryland

Work experience

Editorial Freelancer

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (about 4 years)

In the past four years I have copyedited and proofread more than 400 books for independent authors and publishers such as Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, and Simon and Schuster, including National Book Award nominee NEVER CAUGHT by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Hugo Award winner THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin, and New York Times best sellers THE GOLDEN SPECIFIC by S. E. Grove and ANOTHER DAY by David Levithan.

Copy Chief

Howler Magazine
January, 2013 – November, 2015 (almost 3 years)

For eight issues I directed the copyediting department, hiring copy editors and proofreaders and approving edits to features, infographics, timelines, illustrations, and essays that have gone on to win contests and recognition in The Best American Sports Writing.

“A testimony to the beauty of print.… The magazine is constantly re-contextualizing the way in which we think about soccer.” —The New Yorker

“The best expression of the state of soccer in America right now.” —The New York Times

Copy Editor

Random House Children's Books
February, 2012 – January, 2014 (almost 2 years)

Copyedited and proofread range of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including board books, picture books, coloring and activity books, chapter books, junior novels, and middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction.

Editor in Chief

Slice Magazine
March, 2009 – October, 2012 (over 3 years)

Oversaw all aspects of production and operation, including conceptualizing features and soliciting short stories, performing substantive editing and copyediting, promoting and fund-raising, managing editorial and production staff of 20+, including hiring and training, liaising with authors, and publishing interviews with Ha Jin and Simon Van Booy as well as original stories by Ramona Ausubel, Kathy Fish, and others.

Production Editor

Penguin Group (USA)
October, 2006 – February, 2012 (over 5 years)

Promoted from Assistant Production Editor to Associate Production Editor September 2010. Promoted to Production Editor April 2011.

Oversaw and coordinated edits through production, from manuscript to bound book, of nonfiction (self-help, cooking, memoir, trivia, humor, inspiration) and fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, mystery) in trade and mass-market imprints Perigee and Berkley.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

Never Caught

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction “A fascinating and moving account of a courageous and resourceful woman. Beautifully written and utilizing previously untapped sources it sheds new light both on the father of our country and on the intersections of slavery and freedom.” —Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial and Gateway to Freedom A startling and eye-o... read more

Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction “A fascinating and moving account of a courageous and resourceful woman. Beautifully written and utilizing previously untapped sources it sheds new light both on the father of our country and on the intersections of slavery and freedom.” —Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial and Gateway to Freedom A startling and eye-o... read more

Black Ink

Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word.Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This unique collection seeks to shed light on ... read more

Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word.Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This unique collection seeks to shed light on ... read more

I've Been Thinking . . .

Maria Shriver

A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful lifeAs a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, g... read more

A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful lifeAs a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, g... read more

Hey Mom

Louie Anderson

With wry wit and poignant humor, Louie Anderson, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning comedian starring in Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis’s Baskets, shares his journey of turning life’s challenges into joy as well as plenty of wisdom he’s gained from his late mother.Louis Anderson has been channeling his beloved mom in his iconic stand-up comedy for decades—but she passed... read more

With wry wit and poignant humor, Louie Anderson, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning comedian starring in Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis’s Baskets, shares his journey of turning life’s challenges into joy as well as plenty of wisdom he’s gained from his late mother.Louis Anderson has been channeling his beloved mom in his iconic stand-up comedy for decades—but she passed... read more

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

Sean Penn

“An almost literally up-to-the-minute fever dream of a novel.” —Bill Maher From legendary actor and activist Sean Penn comes a scorching, darkly funny novella about Bob Honey—a modern American man, entrepreneur, and part-time assassin. He’s just a guy trying to make it through each day while grappling with loneliness, alienation, violence—uncertain of his place in a culture that considers bran... read more

“An almost literally up-to-the-minute fever dream of a novel.” —Bill Maher From legendary actor and activist Sean Penn comes a scorching, darkly funny novella about Bob Honey—a modern American man, entrepreneur, and part-time assassin. He’s just a guy trying to make it through each day while grappling with loneliness, alienation, violence—uncertain of his place in a culture that considers bran... read more

Mosquitoland

David Arnold

“Top-notch” —USA Today “Illuminating” —Washington Post “A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly “Memorable” —People By the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite! After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust... read more

“Top-notch” —USA Today “Illuminating” —Washington Post “A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly “Memorable” —People By the New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite! After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust... read more

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls

Holly Grant

A creepy Victorian house, secretive aunties, and a great escape combine in this debut that is part Mysterious Benedict Society, part Roald Dahl, and all quirky, smart, hilarious storytelling. Join the League. . . . Anastasia is a completely average almost-eleven-year-old. That is, UNTIL her parents die in a tragic vacuum-cleaner accident. UNTIL she’s rescued by two long-lost great-aunties. And... read more

A creepy Victorian house, secretive aunties, and a great escape combine in this debut that is part Mysterious Benedict Society, part Roald Dahl, and all quirky, smart, hilarious storytelling. Join the League. . . . Anastasia is a completely average almost-eleven-year-old. That is, UNTIL her parents die in a tragic vacuum-cleaner accident. UNTIL she’s rescued by two long-lost great-aunties. And... read more

The Circle

Dave Eggers

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. A bestselling dystopian novel that tackles surveillance, privacy and the frightening intrusions of technology in our lives.When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, link... read more

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. A bestselling dystopian novel that tackles surveillance, privacy and the frightening intrusions of technology in our lives.When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, link... read more

Another Day

David Levithan

A New York Times BestsellerA girl falls in love with someone who wakes up in a different body each morning in this enthralling and poignant follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Every Day. David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) turns his New York Times bestseller Every Day on its head by flipping perspectives in this exploration of love and how it can cha... read more

A New York Times BestsellerA girl falls in love with someone who wakes up in a different body each morning in this enthralling and poignant follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Every Day. David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) turns his New York Times bestseller Every Day on its head by flipping perspectives in this exploration of love and how it can cha... read more

The Golden Specific (The Mapmakers Trilogy)

S. E. Grove

The eagerly-awaited sequel to the best-selling The Glass Sentence -- a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents’ disappearance, combin... read more

The eagerly-awaited sequel to the best-selling The Glass Sentence -- a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents’ disappearance, combin... read more

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

The New York Times bestselling, puzzle-packed sequel to the award-winning Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, coauthor of I Funny, Treasure Hunters and other bestselling series with James Patterson! Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympics! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello is at it a... read more

The New York Times bestselling, puzzle-packed sequel to the award-winning Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, coauthor of I Funny, Treasure Hunters and other bestselling series with James Patterson! Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympics! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello is at it a... read more

Peter Thiel: Players, Companies, Life: The unauthorized microbiography of technology's greatest entrepreneur.

Richard Byrne Reilly

Investigative journalist Richard Byrne Reilly has published the first biography of Peter Thiel, the controversial billionaire and contrarian behind some of the world's most powerful and disruptive technology companies. "Peter Thiel: Players, Companies, Life," an unauthorized microbiography published as an eBook, illuminates the world view of the man who co-founded PayPal and Palantir, became b... read more

Investigative journalist Richard Byrne Reilly has published the first biography of Peter Thiel, the controversial billionaire and contrarian behind some of the world's most powerful and disruptive technology companies. "Peter Thiel: Players, Companies, Life," an unauthorized microbiography published as an eBook, illuminates the world view of the man who co-founded PayPal and Palantir, became b... read more

The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear, Book 1: Summer

C. S. O'Kelly

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016This beautifully illustrated picture book highlights a rare friendship between a precocious girl and her brilliant dog that turns into an incredible adventure every Saturday morning. From their backyard in Brooklyn, Gracie & MonkeyBear find portals to new worlds. With each new doorway comes the opportunity to help those in need and create lasting friendships al... read more

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016This beautifully illustrated picture book highlights a rare friendship between a precocious girl and her brilliant dog that turns into an incredible adventure every Saturday morning. From their backyard in Brooklyn, Gracie & MonkeyBear find portals to new worlds. With each new doorway comes the opportunity to help those in need and create lasting friendships al... read more

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade

Max Brallier

A very funny post-apocalyptic graphic novel, now a New York Times bestseller!"Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs."--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid The zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, but normal human kid Jack Sullivan is suspicious. He keeps hearing an eerie shri... read more

A very funny post-apocalyptic graphic novel, now a New York Times bestseller!"Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs."--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid The zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, but normal human kid Jack Sullivan is suspicious. He keeps hearing an eerie shri... read more

The Brightness Index

Grace Mattioli

The stories in this short collection take place in Arizona, and they are as unique and colorful as the place itself. “Just Bring Your Own Food” is about a diner waitress and her struggle to stay employed at a place where she knows she’ll be fired any day. “So She Could See the Color Plue” is the story of a misfit who wants desperately to fit in in the only place on earth where she can see the ... read more

The stories in this short collection take place in Arizona, and they are as unique and colorful as the place itself. “Just Bring Your Own Food” is about a diner waitress and her struggle to stay employed at a place where she knows she’ll be fired any day. “So She Could See the Color Plue” is the story of a misfit who wants desperately to fit in in the only place on earth where she can see the ... read more

Operation Cure Boredom

Dan Martin

At nineteen, filled with wanderlust and hormones, Dan Martin made the hilariously amazing decision to join the military to travel and meet girls. Three months later, with Desert Storm in full swing, he found himself surrounded by dudes with not much to do. What unfolded was a long, protracted series of adventures into the art of curing boredom. Told in a collection of vignettes, Operation Cure... read more

At nineteen, filled with wanderlust and hormones, Dan Martin made the hilariously amazing decision to join the military to travel and meet girls. Three months later, with Desert Storm in full swing, he found himself surrounded by dudes with not much to do. What unfolded was a long, protracted series of adventures into the art of curing boredom. Told in a collection of vignettes, Operation Cure... read more

It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays

Shane Dawson

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Shane Dawson returns with another highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection, chronicling a mix of real life moments both extraordinary and mortifying, yet always full of heart.Shane Dawson shared some of his best and worst experiences in I Hate Myselfie, the critically acclaimed book that secured his p... read more

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times bestselling author Shane Dawson returns with another highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection, chronicling a mix of real life moments both extraordinary and mortifying, yet always full of heart.Shane Dawson shared some of his best and worst experiences in I Hate Myselfie, the critically acclaimed book that secured his p... read more

Outrage (The Singular Menace, 2) (The Singular Menace Series)

John Sandford, Michele Cook

John Sandford and Michele Cook follow up their New York Times bestseller, UNCAGED, with the next nail-biting installment in The Singular Menace series. Perfect for fans of The Maze Runner! Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation. When they rescued Shay’s brother, Odin, from a secret Singular lab, they also liberated a girl. Singular has been experime... read more

John Sandford and Michele Cook follow up their New York Times bestseller, UNCAGED, with the next nail-biting installment in The Singular Menace series. Perfect for fans of The Maze Runner! Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation. When they rescued Shay’s brother, Odin, from a secret Singular lab, they also liberated a girl. Singular has been experime... read more

Press Start to Play (A Vintage original)

Daniel H. Wilson, John Joseph Adams

IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS. You are standing in a room filled with books, faced with a difficult decision. Suddenly, one with a distinctive cover catches your eye. It is a groundbreaking anthology of short stories from award-winning writers and game-industry titans who have embarked on a quest to explore what happens when video games and science fiction collide.From text-based adven... read more

IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS. You are standing in a room filled with books, faced with a difficult decision. Suddenly, one with a distinctive cover catches your eye. It is a groundbreaking anthology of short stories from award-winning writers and game-industry titans who have embarked on a quest to explore what happens when video games and science fiction collide.From text-based adven... read more

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1)

N. K. Jemisin

"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015) WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016This is the way the world ends...for the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son a... read more

"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015) WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016This is the way the world ends...for the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son a... read more

A Grimm Agency Novel (4 Book Series)

J. C. Nelson

From Book 1: When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don’t have many career options. To p... read more

From Book 1: When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don’t have many career options. To p... read more

Business as Usual: Corporate Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse

Jessie Kwak

Worried about the state of business during the zombie apocalypse? You're not alone. In my quest to document our new reality, I’ve spent the past year collecting stellar examples of how everyday businesspeople like you and me are keeping their chins up during the apocalypse: In a transcript titled “Don’t Miss Today’s Webinar on ExitZ, the World’s Only Zombie Employee Offboarding Software Soluti... read more

Worried about the state of business during the zombie apocalypse? You're not alone. In my quest to document our new reality, I’ve spent the past year collecting stellar examples of how everyday businesspeople like you and me are keeping their chins up during the apocalypse: In a transcript titled “Don’t Miss Today’s Webinar on ExitZ, the World’s Only Zombie Employee Offboarding Software Soluti... read more

The Maker

D. F. Anderson

When a mysterious drawing binder appears on thirteen-year-old Nate Smith’s windowsill, he starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making. Armed with an otherworldly pen that brings his drawings to life, Nate must save planets, and his parents, from the dark creations of an alien mastermind. If onl... read more

When a mysterious drawing binder appears on thirteen-year-old Nate Smith’s windowsill, he starts having visions—and drawing them. Strange creatures come for his work, launching him on a space adventure to learn the alien art of making. Armed with an otherworldly pen that brings his drawings to life, Nate must save planets, and his parents, from the dark creations of an alien mastermind. If onl... read more

The SINGULARITY PRIZE

Earl Ernest Guile

In 2030, our planet teeters on the brink of political, economic, and environmental catastrophe that threatens our collective survival, will Professor Julian Marshall be able to save us all as he navigates the crisis-riddled, yet superintelligent world of the near future? Climate change, poverty, epidemic disease, human conflict, terrorism, and famine ravage the globe. Amidst the chaos, the Uni... read more

In 2030, our planet teeters on the brink of political, economic, and environmental catastrophe that threatens our collective survival, will Professor Julian Marshall be able to save us all as he navigates the crisis-riddled, yet superintelligent world of the near future? Climate change, poverty, epidemic disease, human conflict, terrorism, and famine ravage the globe. Amidst the chaos, the Uni... read more

Earthcore

Scott Sigler

Buried deep under a mountain in rural Utah lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered, worth at least a billion dollars. EarthCore is the only company with the technology to dig a three-mile-long mine shaft, not to mention the guts to go after the mother lode, and EarthCore executive Connell Kirkland is determined to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, wh... read more

Buried deep under a mountain in rural Utah lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered, worth at least a billion dollars. EarthCore is the only company with the technology to dig a three-mile-long mine shaft, not to mention the guts to go after the mother lode, and EarthCore executive Connell Kirkland is determined to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, wh... read more

Tricia has 13 reviews

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kristie Booker

Tricia was a total pleasure to work with. She did a meticulous job proofreading my novel. In addition to being well-organized, extremely professional, thorough and punctual, she is thoughtful and kind. I highly recommend working with her and I plan to work with her on all my future writing projects.

, December 2017


Elizabeth Carey

Tricia Callahan did a flawless and extremely professional job copyediting an 80k word manuscript for me. She created a beautiful style sheet and in our work process was flexible, punctual and kind-- a total pleasure to work with! I cannot recommend her highly enough and very much look forward to working with her again.

, December 2017


David Anderson

Tricia is a pro at proofreading. Worked with ease in PDF format on a print ready file. Detailed and consistent work. She even identified widows and tightly typeset lines! She knows her stuff. Would hire again.

, November 2017


Matthew Brandt

Tricia completed substantive editing and copy editing for my novel. Her recommendations for substantive editing were spot on (tightening, transitions, characters, flow, cut and strengthen). My story is better today because of her guidance. Tricia was focused, and aligned, on my major story arcs and thorough down to the details from beginning to end. My writing improved with her help and expert ...

, October 2017


OGUZ DINC

It was a pleasure to work with Tricia, she was careful and creative, fully involved in improving the text and very open to exchange ideas. Thanks a lot!

, September 2017

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