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Sally Arteseros


Sally Arteseros

I came to New York City to work in book publishing and spent the next thirty years at Doubleday, most of those years as Senior Editor. Now an Independent Editor, I edit fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for authors, agents and publishers, doing structuring, shaping, cutting, line editing. 

Specialties: Commercial and literary fiction, including short stories. Nonfiction: biography, history, business, science, religion, inspiration, essays, and academic books.

Prize-winning and best-selling authors with whom I have worked include A.B. Yehoshua, Edward T. Hall, Deborah Tannen, Phillip Lopate, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Victoria Holt, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Rosellen Brown, Alexandra Stoddard.

At Doubleday I was for many years the in-house Editor of the annual Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. Later the Literary Guild commissioned me to edit a volume of best contemporary American stories called American Voices, published in hardcover by Hyperion and in paperback by Washington Square Press.

Affliliations:  Women’s Media Group, of which I am a past President and one of the original members.  Member of PEN and of the IEG.


Working with my editor was a revelation and a joy. I came to admire and trust her unfailingly wise and prompt editorial judgment.
— Deborah Tannen
The author would like to express gratitude to Sally Arteseros. His writing is human. Her editing is divine.
— J.B. Peters