Girl Friday Productions is comprised of a principal team located along the West Coast as well as a trusted network of specially selected and skilled resource partners from around the globe. Our team approach enables GFP to ably meet the full spectrum of our clients’ needs with timely turnaround and delivers on-demand dynamic growth.
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 Uncle Dave's Cow, among others. Her recent collaborative writing projects include Mindful Parenting (St. Martin's), In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys (Gotham/Avery), and Flex (HarperBusiness). As an editor of fiction, Leslie has extensive experience with women's, literary, and historical fiction; translations; mysteries and thrillers; and young adult, a personal favorite. In addition to fiction, Leslie's writing and editing experience 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 worked as an editor of everything from literary novels and memoirs 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, publishing a half-dozen books in categories such as lifestyle, travel, and humor; her book The Bridesmaid Guide has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also a seasoned ghostwriter with experience helping people translate their vision into a compelling book. As an editor, she specializes in developing and shaping literary and genre fiction across a wide array of categories, with a particular focus on YA and character-driven mysteries and thrillers. Adept at working with first-time authors as well as genre writers developing a second or third book in a series, Kate brings a keen sense of humor and high-level skills as a writing coach and communicator to her partnerships with authors. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two girls.