Writer | Editor | Collaborator
Gretchen Stelter has a BA in English from Ball State University, an MA in writing from Portland State University, and over a decade of experience working with writers. Over 500 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 ghost writes both fiction and nonfiction. A full title list can be downloaded here.
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 actually equal having a career of any kind. Unsure what to do next, I took the GREs, the LSATs, applied to law school (officially enrolled for a week!) and graduate school (studied English again 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 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 helped launch a literary agency (Baker's Mark) with a classmate, where I worked for five years. As the agency grew, I decided to focus more on the creative side, so I sold my part of the business and started writing and editing full-time.
I have now worked on over 500 titles published by legacy houses (including Kirkus Best Books, NYT and USA Today bestsellers, and NPR's Book Concierge Best Books), write articles for websites, and ghost write for companies and publishers. A relatively updated title list can be found here. I also edit as part of the collective Cogitate Studios.
I write. I edit. I develop and organize content. By collaborating with you on your creative project, I can help you take it to the next level.