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About Me

Chretien Wordsmithery, LLC, is owned by Elisabeth Chretien.

With over a decade of editing experience at the University of Iowa Press, the University of Nebraska Press, and as a freelance editor, Elisabeth Chretien is passionate about helping authors find their voice and tell the very best stories they can. As a freelance editor, she loves being able to focus on authors and their unique needs, rather than sitting through yet another meeting that could have been an email. Each person’s story is unique and important, and she loves being able to help authors realize their publishing dreams, whether that is self-publishing or publishing with a traditional press.

Some of Elisabeth's notable titles include the New York Times bestseller, A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable by Dan Gable and Scott Schulte; L.S. Gardiner’s Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change, which won third place in the nonfiction category of the 2019 Indie Book Awards; Maggie Messitt’s The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa, which was long-listed for both the 2015 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction in South Africa and the 2015 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award; and another memoir that was long-listed for the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Tim Bascom’s Running to the Fire: An American Missionary Comes of Age in Revolutionary Ethiopia.

Elisabeth holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a copyediting certificate from the University of California - San Diego. She loves coffee, and her overly involved black cat approves all of her edits before they are returned to the author. She is always excited to talk about story structure and copyright law. She currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa, home of the Iowa Writer's Workshop.