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 its imprint Tu Books. She is also an active member of SCBWI and POCs in Publishing.
A member of the Cherokee Nation, Elise’s biggest goal as an editor has been to promote and publish Native stories and authors. Currently in 2019, 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 coeditor of Indian No More (Tu Books), written by the late Charlene Willing McManis and currently Traci Sorell.
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.
As a writer, she has worked mostly as an essayist and blogger and is set to publish two books (titles TBA) in 2020 and 2021.
Before her career in publishing, Elise worked in food, television, and then food in television. She lives in New York City with her husband, a large personal library, and an open kitchen.