Elise McMullen-Ciotti

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Elise McMullen-Ciotti is a freelance editor, writer, and educator who has worked in children’s book publishing since 2012. Her clients have included Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine, Coffee House Press, Macmillan, Roaring Brook Press, Outland Entertainment, Lee & Low, and Tu Books.

A member of the Cherokee Nation, Elise’s biggest goal as an editor has been to promote and publish Native stories and authors. Currently she is contributing to the publishing of Choctaw author Tim Tingle’s upcoming middle grade novel Stone River Crossing (Tu Books) and Seminole author, Kevin Noble Maillard’s Fry Bread (Roaring Brook Press). She is the editor of Indian No More (Tu Books), written by the late Charlene Willing McManis and currently Traci Sorell to be published in the fall of 2019.

With Tu Books, she also manages its unagented and agented, middle grade and young adult submissions, as well as serves on the judge’s panel of its New Visions Award.

Before working in publishing, Elise worked in food, television, and then food in television. She continues to serve kids as a community chef with The Sylvia Center, teaching kids ages 9 through 12 how to cook. She lives in New York City with her husband and a large personal library and open kitchen.

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