Writer | Editor | Creative Sherpa
Gretchen Stelter has a BA in English, an MA in writing, and over a decade of experience working with writers. Over 400 books she has worked on have been published by traditional publishing houses, and she's worked on writing at every stage, from development and dramaturgy to copyediting and proofreading. She also writes for Books for Better Living, Healthline.com, and Elephant Journal.
The longer version is that, as a child, I was the girl with her nose in a book. My parents had to negotiate with me at dinner to get me to put my books down. (My mispronunciation of "khaki" is still told as a hilarious family tale—seriously, if you've never heard it, it can be difficult to figure out.)
So when I got to college (Ball State University) and found out I could major in reading (okay, English), I was thrilled. Unfortunately, as graduation approached, I realized that a BA in English did not a career in books make. Unsure what to do next, I took the GREs, the LSATs, applied to law school (officially enrolled for a week!) and graduate school (attended for a semester), and then found the perfect program: a master's in writing, editing, and publishing.
In 2004, I moved to Brisbane, Australia, and attended the University of Queensland for that very program. While there, I specifically gained an expertise in Australian, American, and British punctuation and grammar. I loved it, but I got homesick—for my family and for seasons—and found a nascent but promising program at Portland State University: a master's in writing with an emphasis in book publishing.
A few months before graduation, I started a literary agency (Baker's Mark) with a classmate, where I worked for five years after getting my MA. As the agency continued to grow, I decided I wanted to focus more on the creative side, so I sold my half of the business and started writing and editing full-time.
I have now worked on over 400 titles published by legacy houses (including Kirkus "Best Books," NYT bestsellers, and NPR's Book Concierge Best Books—a relatively up-to-date title list is available here), and I write health and wellness articles for Books for Better Living, Healthline.com, and Elephant Journal. I also edit as part of the collective Cogitate Studios.
I write. I edit. I develop content. I can be the sherpa for your creative project.