Girl Friday Productions is comprised of six principals; our wonderful Gal Friday, Bethany Davis; and a trusted network of specially selected and skilled resource partners. Our team approach enables GFP to ably meet the full spectrum of our clients’ needs with timely turnaround.
Jenna Land Free
Henry de Tessan
Leslie Millerhas spent a memorable portion of her adult life in the publishing industry and is one of the lucky few that holds an advanced degree in English literature and actually uses it. The former senior editor of Seal Press, she is also a published author of many articles, essays, and books including Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen, Women Who Eat, and the forthcoming Uncle Dave's Cow, among others. Her recent collaborative writing projects include Generation Stress (St. Martin's), In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys (Gotham/Avery), and The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line (Jossey-Bass). As an editor of fiction, Leslie has experience with women's, literary, and historical fiction; translations; mysteries and thrillers; and young adult. In addition to fiction, Leslie's writing and editing experience is quite diverse and includes manuscript assessments and coaching, memoir, ghostwriting, curriculum development, cookbook development and recipe testing, blogs, political nonfiction, copy writing, memoir, self-help, biography, how-to, and more. Cofounder of Girl Friday Productions, she also teaches workshops and classes on editing and book development. She lives in Seattle with her family.
Ingrid Emerickhas been in book publishing for nearly twenty years. She began her career at Seal Press (now an imprint of Perseus) and during her twelve years there held a range of positions including publicity director, marketing and sales director, rights director, senior editor, editorial director, and associate publisher. She is the co-editor of Gifts of the Wild: A Woman’s Book of Adventure (Seal Press), A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe (Seal Press), and Go Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Solo (Seal Press). She is the author of City Walks: Seattle (Chronicle Books) and the coauthor of a number of other non-fiction books. Cofounder of Girl Friday Productions, she also teaches publishing and editing classes at the University of Washington, and leads workshops in editing and writing for the Richard Hugo House and the Editorial Freelancers Association. She lives with her husband and two children in Seattle.
Jenna Land Freehas worked in book and magazine publishing for over a decade, and her experience covers a wide swath of the publishing world. Her staff roles have included the executive editor for the Ross Yoon Literary Agency and senior editor for the book producer becker&mayer!. Her projects have spanned everything from evaluating and editing fiction to ghostwriting business books and memoir. While working for the book producer becker&mayer!, Jenna ghostwrote John Lennon: The New York Years (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang), and channeled the lost journal of none other than Indiana Jones in a book published by Pocket. Jenna has also worked on book projects with Stan Lee, David McCullough, and Marie Tillman; the estates of Bob Marley, Audrey Hepburn, and Jimi Hendrix; and organizations including Disney, Lucasfilm, the Boy Scouts of America, and Heifer International. She is a firm believer in variety, and is happiest when writing a lesson plan for Macbeth one day, and editing a chic lit novel translated from German the next. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters.
Christina Henry De Tessanhas worked in publishing for fifteen years, toiling away in the word business as both an in-house editor (Chronicle Books, Seal Press, Night + Day city guides) and a freelance writer before joining Girl Friday. She is the series editor of Chronicle Books’ bestselling City Walks decks and the author of several decks in the series. She writes for several travel publications, including Condé Nast Traveler’s website, concierge.com, and Alaska Airlines Magazine. A compulsive reader, she loves fiction of all kinds and loves nothing more than to delve into a fresh manuscript. On any given day, Christina may find herself editing a historical novel, generating snappy copy for a corporate website, doing market research for a client’s book proposal or writing a travel piece about one of her favorite cities. She loves all aspects of the book business—writing, editing, research, reading, and, of course, other people who share her passion for words. Originally from San Francisco, she enjoyed stints in Seattle and Paris before finally landing in the foodie-hipster mecca of Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two energetic sons.
Andrea Dunlopbegan her career at Random House in New York where she worked as a publicist for Doubleday, putting her skills to use for such bestselling authors as John Grisham, E. Lynn Harris, Tina Brown, and Jonathan Lethem. She also worked as a reader for LJK Literary and as an instructor at Columbia University’s Summer Publishing Course. After moving back to her hometown of Seattle in 2010, Andrea worked with Kim Ricketts Book Events, managing press for visiting authors such as Laurie David, Steven Johnson, and Rene Redzepi. Andrea has worked with books and authors across a broad swath of subjects including literary and commercial fiction, memoir, non-fiction, cookbooks, and self-help. Andrea is Girl Friday's resident publicist, as well as our social media guru. She helps authors and other clients establish clear brands and build platforms through tools like blogging, facebook, and twitter. She is a frequent contributor to TheGloss.com and the author of The Summer of Small Accidents.
Kate Chynoweth'scareer began at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she acquired and edited everything from fiction and memoir to illustrated pop culture books. After getting a Masters in Creative Writing from UC Davis, she became a published author as well as an editor. Her books include The Bridesmaid Guide, an etiquette book with attitude, which has sold over 100,000 copies; and more than a half-dozen other volumes in categories such as food, lifestyle, travel, and humor. She is also a seasoned ghostwriter with experience helping people translate their vision into a compelling book. Her background includes magazines as well; she recently served as the Food Editor of Pittsburgh Magazine for five years while living in Pennsylvania, and received a Golden Quill award for her writing. When it comes to working as an editor, she brings many tools and techniques to the table, developed over decades of collaboration with different types of writers. She is adept at working with first-time authors as well as genre writers developing a third or fourth book in a series. She specializes in developing and editing memoir, literary fiction, and genre fiction, including thrillers. Her work relies on a combination of big-picture developmental edits that tighten plot and build character as well as incisive line edits. Skilled at author communication and coaching, she partners with each individual to make editing a process that's personal, rewarding, and illuminating. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two girls.