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Tricia Callahan

Tricia Callahan - Editor

Portland, OR

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, rewriting when necessary. In a basic proofread, I fix lingering editorial errors and flag production errors in page layout, cross-references, image placement, and design-element consistency.

I worked as a copy editor and production editor at book publishing companies and magazines. I studied substantive editing at NYU and creative writing at Loyola University and edited short stories as editor in chief of Slice magazine.



Resources I consult:
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16
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 hired Patricia Callahan to edit and clean an important manuscript, a biography on the technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel, and was delighted with her professionalism and no-hassle approach to a new biographical format. Her edits were clean and comprehensively rational. My manuscript came back more palatable than before it left my MacBook. Crucially, nearly every suggestion was concise and on target and made the final draft. As a journalist I've worked with innumerable editors on two continents and when there's an ineptly profane one in the chain the work suffers. When they're good, like Patricia, the process—and result—instills confirmation that your project is a good one. I would work with her again and recommend her to any writer looking for a good dry cleaner.” —Richard Byrne Reilly, author of PETER THIEL: PLAYERS, COMPANIES, LIFE


“She really did an amazing job across the board with the ms. It was a special one and we really appreciated the care and concern she took with it.” —editor at Grosset & Dunlap

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 University Maryland

Work experience

Editorial Freelancer

Tricia Callahan is self-employed

January, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

In the past three years I have copyedited and proofread more than 300 books for independent authors and publishers such as Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, and Simon & Schuster, including 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 (20 selected works)

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

No Such Person

Caroline B. Cooney

From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, comes a new riveting page-turner.Murder. One of the Allerdon sisters has been charged with a pre-meditated killing and taken to jail. It doesn't seem possible--but it's happening. What was supposed to be a typical summer is anything but for this seemingly ordinary family.Shortly after they arrive at their cozy fam... read more

From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton, comes a new riveting page-turner.Murder. One of the Allerdon sisters has been charged with a pre-meditated killing and taken to jail. It doesn't seem possible--but it's happening. What was supposed to be a typical summer is anything but for this seemingly ordinary family.Shortly after they arrive at their cozy fam... 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

C. S. O'Kelly

A rare friendship between a precocious girl and her dog turns into an incredible adventure every Saturday morning. From their backyard in Brooklyn, they find portals that open to new worlds. With each new doorway comes the opportunity to help those in need and create lasting friendships along the way. From digging out a trapped dinosaur, meeting an alien after he crash-lands in their fig tree,... read more

A rare friendship between a precocious girl and her dog turns into an incredible adventure every Saturday morning. From their backyard in Brooklyn, they find portals that open to new worlds. With each new doorway comes the opportunity to help those in need and create lasting friendships along the way. From digging out a trapped dinosaur, meeting an alien after he crash-lands in their fig tree,... read more

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly

Deborah Noyes

Work for a New York newspaper Fall in love Marry a millionaire Change the world Young Nellie Bly had ambitious goals, especially for a woman at the end of the nineteenth century, when the few female journalists were relegated to writing columns about cleaning or fashion. But fresh off a train from Pittsburgh, Nellie knew she was destined for more and pulled a major journalistic stunt that skyr... read more

Work for a New York newspaper Fall in love Marry a millionaire Change the world Young Nellie Bly had ambitious goals, especially for a woman at the end of the nineteenth century, when the few female journalists were relegated to writing columns about cleaning or fashion. But fresh off a train from Pittsburgh, Nellie knew she was destined for more and pulled a major journalistic stunt that skyr... read more

The Crimson Skew (The Mapmakers Trilogy)

S. E. Grove

The stunning conclusion to S. E. Grove's New York Times–bestselling Mapmakers trilogy—a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last.But her ho... read more

The stunning conclusion to S. E. Grove's New York Times–bestselling Mapmakers trilogy—a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last.But her ho... read more

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade

Max Brallier

"Terrifyingly fun! Max Brallier's The Last Kids on Earth delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs."--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Walking Dead in this very funny post-apocalyptic graphic novel for middle-grade readers. The zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, ... read more

"Terrifyingly fun! Max Brallier's The Last Kids on Earth delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs."--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Walking Dead in this very funny post-apocalyptic graphic novel for middle-grade readers. The zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, ... read more

Gisele Bündchen

Heavenly body: The rise and rise of Gisele BündchenBorn in the Brazilian countryside, and nearly six feet tall by the age of 14, Gisele Bündchen grew from humble roots into the most successful supermodel in the world. This book celebrates her 20-year milestone in the industry with a unique and spectacular collection of jaw-dropping glamour and intimate, personal insights.Gisele was just 18 whe... read more

Heavenly body: The rise and rise of Gisele BündchenBorn in the Brazilian countryside, and nearly six feet tall by the age of 14, Gisele Bündchen grew from humble roots into the most successful supermodel in the world. This book celebrates her 20-year milestone in the industry with a unique and spectacular collection of jaw-dropping glamour and intimate, personal insights.Gisele was just 18 whe... 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

The Circle

Dave Eggers

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. 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, links users’ personal emails, social media,... read more

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. 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, links users’ personal emails, social media,... read more

Findings: An Illustrated Collection

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi

Did you know that prairie dogs kiss more often if humans are watching? That people who have just ridden an "up" escalator are twice as likely to donate to charity as those descending, and that the rich are more likely to steal candy from children? That babies who who wake to breastfeed at night may do so to thwart the conception of a sibling? Such perverse nuggets of scientific discovery are a... read more

Did you know that prairie dogs kiss more often if humans are watching? That people who have just ridden an "up" escalator are twice as likely to donate to charity as those descending, and that the rich are more likely to steal candy from children? That babies who who wake to breastfeed at night may do so to thwart the conception of a sibling? Such perverse nuggets of scientific discovery are a... read more

The Forbidden Orchid

Sharon Biggs Waller

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters ar... read more

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters ar... read more

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

The much-anticipated, puzzle-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling, award-winning ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY! Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympiad! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again! This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the... read more

The much-anticipated, puzzle-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling, award-winning ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY! Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympiad! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again! This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the... 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 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

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

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel

Nancy Peacock

For fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings comes “a tour de force of historical fiction” (Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain) that follows the epic journey of a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves but so too for his ow... read more

For fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings comes “a tour de force of historical fiction” (Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain) that follows the epic journey of a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves but so too for his ow... 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

Another Day

David Levithan

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you. Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepte... read more

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you. Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepte... read more

Strange Animals: A Novel

Chad Kultgen

A thought-provoking and darkly witty novel about freedom, motherhood, greed, and religion—a surprising new direction from the controversial author of Men, Women & Children and The Average American Male.Chad Kultgen has established himself as one of the most honest and candid chroniclers of human relationships working today. Now, in an eye-opening departure, he turns his gaze on the collision b... read more

A thought-provoking and darkly witty novel about freedom, motherhood, greed, and religion—a surprising new direction from the controversial author of Men, Women & Children and The Average American Male.Chad Kultgen has established himself as one of the most honest and candid chroniclers of human relationships working today. Now, in an eye-opening departure, he turns his gaze on the collision b... read more

Tricia has 1 review

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Richard Byrne Reilly

I greatly enjoyed and benefitted from the experience working with Tricia on my microbiography "Peter Thiel: Players, Companies, Life." The edits were tight, her comms excellent and she turned the manuscript rather quickly given the time allotted her. I endeavor working with Tricia again on the follow to Players.

Richard Byrne Reilly, October 2016

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