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Brian Saliba


Brian Saliba is a writer and editor with more than twenty years’ experience in the publishing industry. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing, he moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing. In the 13 years that followed, he acquired, edited, and/or published more than 60 books and apps with HarperCollins and DK Publishing, including three New York Times Bestsellers. He then joined the Peace Corps, serving as an English teacher and development specialist in Armenia for two years. Upon completion of his service, he began working with The Asia Foundation on a children’s digital library initiative called Let’s Read, acquiring and editing children’s books and conducting authoring workshops in developing Asia. He recently founded Crowbar Creative, a professional services company specializing in creative writing, copy writing, and editorial services. He lives in Richmond, California with his girlfriend, dog, and an unhealthy obsession with Alabama football.


  • General nonfiction, especially memoir, reference, and travel

  • Speculative fiction for adults, teens, and children

  • General/mainstream fiction for adults


  • Manuscript critiques and developmental editing

  • Line editing, including content editing and copyediting

  • Private writing instruction

I have often heard authors effuse about the brilliance of their editors, but I must admit that I never quite understood what all the fuss was about. Now I know. Brian Saliba was chosen as my editor at ReganBooks, and I couldn't have wished for one better. This book would not have been the same without his patience, ideas, observations, and enthusiasm. His dedication and talent show through on each page. I am fortunate to have worked with him and even more fortunate to call him a friend."

-From the Acknowledgments of Where the Birds Never Sing by Jack Sacco (HarperCollins, 2003)

Thank you, Brian Saliba, for seeing the manuscript through with your fine editing skills."

–From the Acknowledgments of P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder by Todd Richards with Eric Blehm (HarperCollins, 2003)

"[Thank you to] Brian Saliba at DK Publishing for his excellent efforts in editing pieces and patches of information into coherent form."

-From the Acknowledgments of Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Savage Barbarian by Roy Thomas (DK Publishing, 2006)

“All I can say is, three cheers for Brian Saliba. I got more valuable, actionable feedback from him in a weekend than in two years of MFA and three writers conferences. He's super insightful, frank, and brilliant at explaining. He really delivered on what I hoped to get: having my negative tics identified so I can go over the rest of my MS and take them out.”

-Colin Garrison, Feb. 25, 2019

Brian has an excellent eye for detail and found many inconsistencies in my novel that other editors had missed. The suggestions for my novel helped me see my writing in a different way and improve my writing. It's hard to find an editor with such expertise. I am glad I chose to work with him. I hope to work with Brian on future projects. I would recommend Brian without reservation for any editing project.”

-Tai Manivong, Aug. 1, 2018 

“Brian has been great to work with. His notes have been insightful and very helpful. I could have not completed my first Children's book without his expertise.”

-Alastair Ferris, Jul. 29, 2018