Elisabeth Chretien knows nonfiction. With a decade of experience editing general nonfiction and memoir at the University of Iowa Press and the University of Nebraska Press, she is passionate about telling good, true stories, and is always excited to talk about story structure and copyright law. She also loves coffee, and her black cat approves all of her edits before they are returned to the author.
Elisabeth enjoys working on engaging nonfiction and memoirs that shed a new light on the world, whether that’s through one person's experiences or through the larger frames of history, science, or culture. Above all, she loves being able to focus on authors, their voices, 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 Dan Gable and Scott Schulte’s New York Times bestseller, A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable; 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 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Tim Bascom’s Running to the Fire: An American Missionary Comes of Age in Revolutionary Ethiopia.
Elisabeth’s select booklist can be found below.
“Like most ordinary lives, Ladette Randolph's has been secretly extraordinary—odd, difficult, beautiful, in its understated way heroic.” - Kurt Andersen, author of True Believers
“Ladette Randolph gets right to the heart of our primal fascination with houses, with heritage, and with the ever shifting definitions of home” - Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
“This is a lyrical chronicle, filled with nostalgia, longing, dignity and soulfulness.” - Da Chen, New York Times bestselling memoirist
“In this fascinating, nuanced memoir rife with contrasts and longing, Bascom employs dual voices...to capture the intensity and uncertainty of his youth in revolutionary 1970s Ethiopia.” - Faith Adiele, author of The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems
“Lutz angles new ways of seeing, encountering, and melting thought and experience into social life.” - Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States
“The sensitivity and moral intelligence that Tom Lutz brings to his writing allows us to discover the unity to be found in our wondrously diverse world.” - Laila Lalami, author of The Moor’s Account, Pulitzer Prize finalist
Long-listed for the 2015 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award
“The Rainy Season is an essential history – not about those who redraw national maps, but those who persevere each day to fulfill the maps of their imaginations, of their own making.” - The Literary Review
New York Times Bestseller
“Through his unwavering commitment to teamwork and using the hardships in his life to fuel his unparalleled work ethic, he has truly been earned his place as the godfather of Iowa sports.” - Nate Kaeding, former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL football player
“As a high school and college wrestler I wanted to wrestle for Dan Gable. Now I know why” - Mike Golic, ESPN broadcaster, NFL player, Notre Dame football player and wrestler
“The book’s scope moves from the micro to the human-scaled to the planetary, but it is all tied together to give a complete picture of the southwestern environment and the vital part water plays within it.”—Christopher Cokinos, author of Bodies, of the Holocene
"Mythical River offers a rich, detailed picture of the current state of the single most important and contested resource in the ever-growing West.” - Robert Michael Pyle, author of Sky Time in Gray’s River
“If you’re looking for a book that conveys what it’s like to lead by continual experimentation and ongoing innovation in the midst of chaos, this is a must read.” - Frank J. Barrett, author of Yes to the Mess
“Both in 2008 and again in 2012, a finely tuned organization turned the tide of history and shocked experts with a remarkable grasp of how to define, identify, and turn out the vote.” - Nick Lowery, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame kicker, former White House Staffer to 3 presidents, and speaker
“Eclectic, entertaining, and surprisingly personal, On the Origin of Superheroes will grant new super-knowledge to scholars, fans, and casual readers alike.” - Noah Berlatsky, author of Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941–1948
"The surprising connections that emerge throughout kept me constantly wondering what was going to come next and made the book feel like a detective story." - Peter Coogan, author of Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre
“David N. Wetzel has written a masterpiece of compelling biography, history, intrigue, and mystery.” - David Fridtjof Halaas, former Colorado State Historian
"The charismatic healer Francis Schlatter emerges as an unforgettable character, a mysterious man of deep convictions and troubling contradictions.” - Scott Zesch, author of The Captured
“A bracing debut memoir...The stories Dostert tells speak for themselves.” - Publishers Weekly
“Americans watch news reports and reality TV shows about Chicago's hard streets and wonder how these tragedies happen. If you want to understand more, if you want to hear the beating heart, the laments, and the hopes of children at the epicenter of these tales, you must read Mark Dostert's haunting book.” - Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
“Even as he recounts his escape, the high rugged home lives irrevocably inside Doležal, just as it will haunt the reader after experiencing this lush, transporting, and heartfelt memoir.” - Debra Marquart, author of The Horizontal World
“Intimate and lyrical, his story is one of fallen faith, found love, and the way we must sometimes circle back to find what we have lost.”—Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness